Family scandal drove Declan Sinclair into exile years ago. Now he’s called home, devastated to discover his brother has been murdered, making Declan the new Duke of Darington. As he tries to unravel what happened to his brother, the clues point to the man he blames for his exile. Declan resolves to ruin the culprit. If only the daughter of the man’s business partner, lovely Lady Alethea Swinton, didn’t tempt his resolve.
Lady Alethea Swinton has cultivated her pristine reputation in the hopes of winning her father’s praise. When her childhood friend returns, Alethea finds she’s willing to court scandal and defy her father to help the handsome Declan uncover the truth behind his brother’s death.
But Declan’s redemption would mean her family’s ruin…
Each book in the Once Upon A Scandal series is STANDALONE:
* To Love a Scandalous Duke
* To Resist a Scandalous Rogue
* To Tame a Scandalous Lady
* To Tempt a Scandalous Lord
Exquisitely written !! Could not put it down !! Loved it !! Felt like I was right there with them ! Great job !!55
Overall, the story and writing are pretty good. I love regency era, and while this may nudge Victorian, it fits the bill. That said…how old were they? We were given scores of dates. We were told many times about their years apart. We were told Alethea had “seasonS” and spent 3 years in Scotland. So simple math puts her at at least 23 assuming she came out at 18. But then she and “dec” remember each other so we’ll after departing at what? 11? 12? It’s seriously not til 3/4 in that we learn the twins were born in 1804. So she’s 24. But guess what. We never learn Declan’s age! We’re they the same? Was he forced to leave England at freaking 12? How did he get about? Who took care of him. When did he become a businessman? Even if he was 15? We don’t know because it’s never explained and left a jarring whole in the intricacies of the plot. SPOILER ALRRT: S S S S Also. The earl gets off too easily. Funds to draw for his travels after murder and attempted murder..and embezzlement?!? No. Just no. He should have been left without a dime, forced to leave, snd figure things out.35
Top. Notch. Read!55
Very enjoyable read. Alethea is a strong heroine and her friend Flora is a kick in the pants to read. Hoping she has a story in the future. Would recommend to Regency readers. Great love story, I didn't want it to end. These characters will be with me for a long. If you love Lisa Kleypas then you'll love Liana De La Rosa. A debut success. Will definitely be reading more from this author.55