Review: The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (At the Kingsborough Ball #2) by Sophie Barnes

December 27, 2013 Review 0

Review: The Scandal in Kissing an Heir (At the Kingsborough Ball #2) by Sophie Barnes

Lady Rebecca is determined to find a husband on her own terms, rather than marry any of the aging suitors her greedy aunt and uncle foist upon her. Her chance comes at the Kingsborough Ball, where she meets several potential grooms…yet no one compares to the dangerously handsome Daniel Neville.

Daniel Neville, notorious rake and heir to the Marquis of Wolvington, is in need of a bride, but finding a lady who’s willing to accept his past, is an entirely different matter. When he spies a stunning woman across the ballroom, Daniel believes he’s found her…until scandal erupts around them. How can he convince Rebecca to take a chance on him…and on the love that could be theirs forever after?

Title: The Scandal in Kissing an Heir
Author: Sophie Barnes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Trouble With Being A Duke, Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires, His Scandalous Kiss
Series: At the Kingsborough Ball
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Trouble With Being A Duke
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: December 31 2013
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 277
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: two-half-flames

Daniel Neville is an heir to the Marquisate of Wolvington and a rake.  After years of bad behavior his uncle and current Marquis has decided that he either turns over a new leaf and marries within a month or he will be cut off entirely.  With no way to support himself he decides to look for a wife but that proves difficult since most respectable young ladies avoid his company and bad reputation.  At a masquerade given by the Duke of Kingsborough he meets a woman that doesn’t avoid him and is a delight to talk to.  Lady Rebecca has spent the last two years pretending to be mad to avoid marriage but her aunt and uncle have decided to marry her off anyway.  When she realizes that she will have no say in her future, she takes matters into her own hands and sneaks into the masquerade where she meets a charming man, Mr. Neville.

I did enjoy Daniel and Rebecca as a couple.  They suited each other very well.  They have a similar sense of humor and their personalities compliment each other.  There is quite a bit of mistrust between them for a while but it felt realistic within the story.  That begin said it is never drug out too long. I loved that these characters talked to each other and didn’t assume the other could read their mind.  When they have issues, they discuss them.  It was such a refreshing change that the whole book wasn’t centered around one misunderstanding.  There was an actual plot that moved and twists that made this a very enjoyable read.

There are many twists and turns in the plot.  I was sure that I knew how the story would go but then it would veer off into another direction.  I made the story interesting and unpredictable which was very refreshing.  There was one big, to me, plot element that was left hanging and that was how shot at Rebecca.  We learn a little bit about it further along in the story but we don’t get any details about it after that.  Where they shooting at her? Why? Who were they aiming at? ect.  This is the second book in the At the Kingsborough Ball so these questions may be carried in the next book or even addressed in the first book but I would have liked some resolution in this book.

I will say that will all the emphasis on Daniel being a rake we don’t get too much rakish behavior from him.  Rebecca even remarks on it at one point.  I appreciated how his character evolved and he stopped putting on the show but I did think they he would have more rakish tendencies with Rebecca after they were married.  I expected lots of hot and heavy sex and while we get some nice scenes, there weren’t that many or as spicy as I expected.

This is my first book by Barnes and it will not be my last.  I am very excited to go back and read the first book in this series and then continue with the third when it comes out.  I will definitely be looking for more from Barnes in the future.

Totally Bound

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