Title: The Scandalous Flirt
Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?
Author: Olivia Drake
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood #6
Published by St Martin's Source: Publisher
Published: October 31st 2017
Genres: Erotic Historical Romance
Pages: 352 pages
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Amazon
Visit the Author's Website
Visit the Goodreads Series Page
This historical romance is very loosely based on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. The blurb sounded intriguing but the story itself didn’t live up to what I expected from this story.
I really didn’t feel much romance in this story. Rory is trying to discover who is blackmailing her annoying stepmother. She didn’t seem to really like her, so I found it quite a stretch that she would go to any lengths to find out who it is.
Lucas is an odd man. Seems to like Rory, but is constantly putting her down. Who needs that business?? I found him very stiff and aloof. I didn’t understand how he supposedly fell in love with her and then left her alone for eight years?? He comes back, is obsessed, but also in denial of said feelings!
Even though the story was continually moving, it unfortunately didn’t quite feel like a romance to me. I never felt any connection to either character and how they were in love was a struggle to buy into. Rory seemed way to smart to even give Lucas a chance given how awful he was to her at times.
For those of you who are looking for a quick read, this may work for you, but for me, I felt it was just a run of the mill historical.