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review 2017-10-31 12:37
Review For: The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake is book Six in the "Cinderella Sisterhood" series. This is the story of Aurora Paxton and Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book .
After a terrible mistake Aurora was shunned from the town and her family. But now she is being called back home to help with an issue that has come forward. It seems her step mother is being blacked mailed and her much loved half sister may be hurt by the scandal if not stopped.
Lucas was a hard hero to love for sure. He is out to get himself a heiress to save his estate but yet he keeps going toward Aurora. But at the same time he is really harsh with Aurora. But through it all they do end up finding their ending.
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review 2017-10-30 00:00
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series)
The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake


I was delighted to find that The Scandalous Flirt was a bit of a unique take on common historical romance tropes. You have a dash of matchmaking magic/fairy godmother, a hint of scandal and a possibly ruined woman, a cheating lady, a broke lord, and a mystery!

Rory (Aurora) is a enchanting heroine. She had her debut in the Ton and then promptly engaged in a scandalous outing with an Italian diplomat. As quickly as it started, her season ended and she was shipped off to a coastal town to live with an aunt. 8 years pass and Rory has made peace with her life. She is called back to London to help her awful stepmother, who is being blackmailed. Rory isn't inclined to help the woman who has been so cruel to her, but its a chance to get some much needed money and possibly save her sister from a horrible marriage proposal. This gets her mixed up with Lord Dashell and things get interesting. Dashell, a marquess who inherited his rakish father's gambling debts, has to marry for money. He has found the perfect mark, but just hasn't asked for her hand. He remembers Rory from her 1 partial season and still finds her very alluring. They form a tentative partnership to find the blackmailer.

The plot is filled with so many facets! Celeste, Rory's sister, is engaged to an awful man so you are hopefully Rory will find a way to save her sister. Then there is the blackmail. Who is it? Why? Next you have this mysterious 'fairy godmother' type with her magic slippers who is a renowned matchmaker. Add in Rory's super sketchy stepmother and the staff at the house and you have lots of mysteries and entertainment! The slow burn between Rory and Dashell is delicious as well, even though he is a jerk to her early on. If you enjoy historical romances which have a smart heroine who isn't perfect, you will adore Rory. She recognizes how naive she was during her first season. She has accepted that her actions were a mistake and she has found a way to be happy with her life; maybe even happier than she would have been had she stayed in London and married! Dashell wasn't my favorite heroine. He is ready to marry a girl for her money, his is quite cranky and dour, and he isn't swoon worthy. However, his brother Henry was hilarious! He is the total opposite of Dashell-Henry is charming, light hearted, and suave.

Bottom line: The Scandalous Flirt was a refreshing historical romance with a well crafted plot and interesting characters all around!

 
  • POV: 3rd
  • Tears: no
  • Trope: regency, blackmail
  • Triggers: none
  • Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
  • Cliffhanger: no
  • HEA: yes




The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah Maclean, The Scot Beds his Wife by Kerrigan Bryne, The Lord of Lies by Amy Sandas...then you will probably like The Scandalous Flirt!

 


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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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