Title: The Beautiful One
The first book in a delightfully scandalous new Regency romance series from blossoming author Emily Greenwood…
Tomboy Anna Black has no idea how a book containing nude drawings of her is traveling around town. Everyone’s calling the woman in the drawings the “Beautiful One,” but Anna knows that if her true identity is revealed, she’ll be ruined. To escape scandal, she becomes a temporary companion to the outrageous teenage ward of Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville.
Will wants nothing but to be left alone. When cheeky Anna unexpectedly arrives with his scandalous ward, suddenly he has two intolerable women filling up his once-quiet manor. But as Anna’s charms begin to soften Will’s hard exterior and uncover his shrouded heart, she hopes that love can fully blossom before her scandal erupts…
Author: Emily Greenwood
Series: The Scandalous Sisters #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Source: Publisher
Published: June 2, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
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I think I chose this book because of the “Scandalous Sisters” tag. A historical romance that alludes to scandal just needs to be read. They are so much fun! Since I did not see any sisters, well unless the author means the sisters of various male characters in the book, it bodes well that the rest of the series will do well as stand-alone reads.
The historical romance part of this book was something that I believe every fan of the genre looks for. The grandeur. The elaborate ball gowns. The autocratic aristocrats. The not so autocratic aristocrats, that still seem to be just as arrogant. The impoverished gentle woman being taken advantage of by unscrupulous aristocrats. Meddling family – whether by blood, marriage, or chosen. And of course, the scandal! It was all here and put together in a very entertaining story.
I loved Anna. She was strong and intelligent during an era where those qualities were not necessarily considered desirable by a good portion of elite society. She was raised by a widowed father who was more involved with his work and hobbies than in seeing that his kids were “properly” seen too. Consequently, Anna enjoyed the more “mannish” endeavors that she learned with her brother. Didn’t make her very popular with local society, but she didn’t really care or see the point of becoming vapid and “girly” just to please others. I rather liked that about her, even if it did ultimately cause her some major problems.
Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville, had kind of dropped out of life after his wife died. I understood this concept and thought it worked for this story. I found it inspiring how being forced to actually embrace some unwanted responsibilities ultimately brought him back to life. Of course Anna kind of had to hit him over the head about it all, and his unexpected and unwanted desires for Anna did kind of help that along. I liked how the author still had him thinking about everything and ultimately coming to things on his own rather than Anna being the instant cure.
The secondary characters were well thought out and added nicely to the story. The story itself moved along well and kept me engaged. I especially liked how the title of the book was worked into the story. It was a bit of a surprise and gave the story some added dimension and excitement.
Any lover of the historical romance, ala Barbara Cartland and/or Georgette Heyer will enjoy this book. It has the romance with a bit of suspense. A very enjoyable read.