Scandal of the Year by Laura Lee Guhrke

Title: Scandal of the Year

Author: Laura Lee Guhrke

Genre: Historical Romance

About: (Pub. synopsis) Being jilted. It’s awful for a guy. Especially if you’re a duke, and your fiancée left you for that other duke, the one who came back from Egypt just before your wedding. Humiliating, right?  But what if you managed to recover, got engaged to another girl, and then got jilted again, this time because of a notorious woman, a lot of champagne, and a mome…more

My thoughts: When the first book (Wedding of the Season) of this series ended I wondered about a couple of the characters:  Why did Aidan give up so easily; Would Julia find happiness?  I hoped my questions would be answered in the second book and was happy to find that Scandal of the Year is the story of Aidan and Julia.

As you would expect, Laura Lee Guhrke’s main characters are more fully developed than they were in the first book.  I came to appreciate the reasons for their actions as the author let us in on their lives. There is a lot of push and pull between Aidan and Julia.  Aidan is a true gentleman – honorable and quite devoted once his trust is gained.  Julia has hidden behind a bold and happy facade for many years.  She doesn’t want anyone to know how frightened she has been and how horrible and abusive her marriage was.

Ms.Guhrke brings Aidan and Julia together slowly.  I was glad about that.  In book one they seemed to abhor each other but in this book we find they have a history and there were reasons for their previous behavior.  If you’re an impatient reader you may get frustrated and wonder if things will work out for these two.  You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Recommend? If you enjoy historical romance I think you’ll like this series!

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: HarperCollins/Avon via NetGalley