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review 2018-03-26 02:18
Do You Want to Start a Scandal
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare

What a delightful book! I FINALLY got Charlotte Highwood's story and thankfully it didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the (brief) appearances of Diana and Aaron and Minerva and Colin. Charlotte was an awesome heroine. She's inquisitive, intelligent, and good at reading people. Piers was the perfect person for her. Even though she says it first, I really liked that Piers was the first to "fall." The "mystery" was refreshing, and funny. 
The only thing I didn't like: Charlotte is a slob, I didn't quite understand how someone could be so very messy.

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text 2017-04-09 20:15
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare $1.99
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare

In the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.

Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan? Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall? Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville--the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn't got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit . . . and melt a woman's knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte's safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sworn to never love?

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text 2017-03-01 01:22
Not so scary..
Haunted Scottish Castles and Houses - G. Stewart

Short overview of the castles and houses that line the Scottish countryside that have some sort of legends attached to them. More history than anything else is given in this book. This would be a great starting point for anyone wanting to delve deeper into the history on some of the houses and their occupants. There seem to be quite a few good stories that are lurking, but the author did not take the time to delve into them on a deeper setting.

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review 2017-01-02 00:00
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After)
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare 4.75 stars

This was an absolute delight. Dare’s writing is so effortlessly amusing that it’s difficult to break away from her books once I’ve started them. I saved this for the weekend, and happily breezed right though it. The characters, main and supporting, are all well drawn, with hidden depths that are slowly teased into view. It was fun meeting up with old favorites, and Charlotte’s mother is a new gem.

The hero is Piers, Rafe’s (Say Yes to the Marquess) stuffy older brother. When he’s interrupted by Charlotte in the library, the two are forced to hide – and are witness to a forbidden tryst. Only it’s Charlotte’s reputation that is soon in tatters, after they are caught, embracing behind a curtain. To save her from ruin, Piers offers to do the honorable thing and marry her. Charlotte, however, wants to marry for love, and she’s determined to save them both from a fate worse than death – a loveless marriage.

The ensuing search for the real lovers (or tuppers as Piers calls them), brings Charlotte adventure, danger, and that all elusive love that she’s longing for. Piers refuses to play along, though, insisting that their union needn’t be muddied up with such unpredictable distractions as emotions. Soon it’s a battle of the wills between the two, with Charlotte determined to make Piers realize that there’s more to their relationship than a shotgun wedding.

I loved all of the characters and delighted in the ridiculous situations Charlotte enthusiastically found herself in. The banter is both witty and charming, and Piers is probably my favorite Dare hero to date. This romance fired on all four cylinders and was a complete win.

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review 2016-11-09 12:00
A Lively Regency Romance
Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Castles Ever After) - Tessa Dare

Do You Want to Start a Scandal was a lively addition to Tessa Dare’s popular Spindle Cove series. The offbeat characters, sticky situations they found themselves in, and the thread of mystery kept me intrigued and chuckling as I sped through the pages of this historical romance.

“What will it be, my love?” He offered his arm. “Shall we make a few stitches in your tattered reputation? Or do you want to start a scandal?”
She threaded her arm through his. “With you? I’ll take the scandal any day.”

There was so much to love about Piers and Charlotte’s story that it’s difficult to know where to begin. First off, this can be read as a standalone or as part of the Spindle Cove series and will work well either way. For those that have been following the series, you will get a quick reunion with a few previous characters, which is always fun. Secondly, this of course was a Regency romance but it had a bit of a whodunit included.


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