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review 2017-09-04 17:21
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

I had trouble getting into this one. It started out slow and didn't pick up until chapter 9 when she is caught in his bed chamber looking for the letters. Once they team up to find the letters and blackmailer, the story does get better. Their romance was slow to start and there were some surprise villains and twists to who stole the letters and with her half sister Celeste. The surprises kept it interesting and book ended well.  Lucas was a strong male lead and his dilemma about whether he should marry the woman he has loved for years even though she is poor, or marry an heiress in order to save his family added some suspense to the plot.  I can't say it was my favorite story I've read this year but it was enjoyable.

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review 2017-08-29 02:04
Fantastic Historical Romance!
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake is an amazing, well-written book.  Ms Drake has furnished her story with phenomenal characters.  The characters made this book a joy to read.  Lucas and Rory's story is full of drama, suspense, adventure and sizzle.  Be warned though, the housework may be put on hold.  Once you start this book you may not want to put it down.  I enjoyed this book from start to finish and look forward to reading more from Olivia Drake in the future.  The Scandalous Flirt is book 6 of the Cinderella Sisterhood Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

 

I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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review 2017-08-28 02:48
The Scandalous Flirt
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Usually I am wary at picking up a book that is in the middle of a series that I have not read before. I always fear that I will feel lost and not know what is going on. Luckily that was not the case with this book as I did not feel lost or that I was missing anything. 

 

In the beginning I definitely liked Rory way more than I liked Lucas. While they both had their struggles, (Rory being banished from London after a scandal with a lover and Lucas dealing with debts) Rory seemed to have grown more and become stronger than Lucas. Lucas was just a plain jerk in the beginning and I feared that he would be like that throughout the book. Luckily the more that I read the more I began to like him.

 

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I did enjoy that this was not dominated with steamy scenes but instead you really got to know the characters. Don't get me wrong there were some great steamy moments between Rory and Lucas.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2015-11-07 03:36
His Bark is Worse Than His Bite
Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Unfortunately, I didn't like this as much as the last book. "Beauty and the Beast" retellings have to be very good to win me over, and I wasn't convinced of the love connection until the very end. But overall, this was entertaining.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

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review 2015-11-06 01:24
Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Olivia Drake is a new-to-me author. However, after reading Bella and the Beast, I plan to go back and read her backlist of books, starting with the other books in the Cinderella Sisterhood series.

 

I found Bella and the Beast to be a completely enchanting story. It felt a bit like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and was extremely well done. I fell for Bella and Miles as a couple long before they acted on their attraction to one another. Both Bella and Miles (Aylwin) are such strong characters, and both are so passionate about the Egyptian antiquities found by their fathers. The interactions between them were so much fun to watch and I loved the slow build up of feelings between them. Yes there was attraction pretty much from their first meeting, but true feelings developed the more time they spent together.

 

I loved the romance of their lovemaking. Miles was so sweet to make sure Bella's first experience was wonderful, and it almost was out of character for him to be that sweet. I really felt like Bella had tamed the Beast in Miles long before it became evident to others, including Miles. Of course, neither Bella nor Miles was sharing the real reason for wanting to be there, so the secrets and the past seemed to catch up with them. I loved how protective Miles became of Bella and how he started putting her needs above his own. I absolutely loved that he let her younger brother and sister move into the manor so Bella could continue to work with him.

 

There was a bit of a mystery pertaining to the possible hidden treasure map, and I have to say I was completely wrong in my guess as to who else was looking for the map besides Bella. I seriously had pegged the wrong person simply because he was such an unpleasant individual. 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed Bella and the Beast and am happy to say I have a new go-to author for historical romance. While I started reading historical romances years ago, it seems I only read favorite authors now. I'm happy to say I found a new favorite author in Olivia Drake.

 

Review copy provided by publisher

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