Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scandalous Second

Mark of Distinction

Jessica Dotta

London is said to be the glittering jewel of society, a world unto itself—but to Julia Elliston it is a city of shadows. Her life is swiftly dissolving into scandal. And in Victorian society, even a whisper of scandal—substantiated or not—can be the death of a young woman’s reputation.

Now under the watchful eye of Lord Roy Pierson, one of most influential men in England, Julia begrudgingly accepts his protection. But Chance Macy’s power is far-reaching as well, and he is eager to assert his claim over her.

Thrust into society as the Emerald Heiress, Julia is the toast of London, a celebrated curiosity. But in reality she’s trapped between the clutches of two powerful men. Aided only by a gentleman whose intentions she prays she can trust, Julia must finally take control of her own fate—but outwitting one’s foe rarely goes according to plan.

     I'm going to start this post with the story of how I encountered this series. I have a tendency to visit a Bethany House Free E-book web page every day. I think this site has alerted me to more than fifty free e-books in the last few months. A bit more than a month ago I found this book on the Tyndale bloggers webpage, thought it looked interesting and signed up for it. Maybe a week later I found a book called Born of Persuasion as a free e-book. During school one day when I was particularly bored I decided to read it. I really liked it, so I went looking for the second book in the series and lo and behold: I ordered it through reviewing! I was so excited I screeched. 

     Saying that, it is necessary to read them in order. The series really builds depth of intrigue from novel to novel and it almost reaches the gothic novel level. The book isn't a light easy fluffy read, and I think that it suits the period of time that the book is set in. Julia, our heroine, does get a bit whiny and Mary-Sue-ish, but I think it really adds to the underlying hysteric tone. Really well done. 

     As to being the second, it was really fulfilling. Without mentioning any specifics, you get to learn a lot more about the circumstances that caused and surround the situation and we finally learn more about Macy. We also get more Edward, so cute how couldn't you like him? There is of course more romance, which leads me to the love rectangle. I don't personally like reading about love triangles and etc, but it was however tastefully done and thankfully simplified. During any one scene we only deal with one of the three or four triangles that make up the rectangle at a time. With this girl it is practically all roads lead to Edward.  

   I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy reading!

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