Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam, Book Review


Lady Annabelle Marchant was a belle of the ball in London until she used her psychical senses to save a man’s life. She failed miserably, leaving him dead and her disgraced. All she wants now is a chance to comfort his widow by cleansing the woman’s home of her husband’s restless spirit. But the widow’s son, the beastly Lord of the Manor, accuses her of coming to the wilds of Cheshire to snag him as a husband. Thoroughly disgusted, she is bent on proving him wrong.

Lord Rufus Marlesbury, the Earl of Terrance, is suspected of murdering his father. He has come home to clear his name by finding the real killer before the new year or the king has promised that Rufus will be called in front of the House of Lords to answer for the crime. He does not have time to waste fending off a marriage-minded miss who has inveigled an invitation to his home by playing on his grief-stricken mother’s worst fears.

With an unruly manor ghost terrorizing the occupants and corpses piling up in the village, Belle must find a way to see the man beneath the beast and Rufus must learn to believe in the love of a woman who has no reason to trust him. Only by working together can they stop a vengeful ghost before it torments the guests or before the killer strikes again.

(New Regency Romance/Fairytale)

My Review:

A Beastly Scandal is a historical/regency version of Beauty and the Beast, but there is an element of ghosts and mystery to it as well.  Lady Belle is a great character; headstrong, observant and loving.  she tends to notice things about people that others overlook.  I really liked that about her; it shows how much she cares for those around her.  Lord Terrance is stubborn and frightening in ways!  The villagers refer to him as Lord Terror!  Yet Lady Belle sees a different side to him than most people.  The supporting characters round out the story well and make the novel complete.  A Beastly Scandal is well written and although it is a version of Beauty and the Beast, it has its own unique qualities that make it intriguing to the reader.  I did feel that the romance and relationship between Lady Belle and Lord Terrance had no basis other than seeing each other and falling in love by sight.  However, that can be typical of some romance novels.  Also, the cover does not do the novel justice, so please don't judge this book by the cover!   It is a nice read for those who enjoy a good mystery/regency/fairy tale novel!

You can pick up your own copy of A Beastly Scandal via Amazon.

Happy Reading!!!

Source:  Author for review

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