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ALMOST A SCANDAL
by Elizabeth Essex

Genre: Historical Romance, England
Sensuality: HOT
Setting: 1805, The High Seas

2012 Historical Romantic Adventure Nominee

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Essex will have readers longing to set sail alongside her daring heroine and dashing hero. This wild ride of a high seas adventure/desire-in-disguise romance has it all: nonstop action, witty repartee and deft plotting. From the bow to the mast, from battles to ballrooms, Essex delivers another reckless bride and another read to remember.

When her younger brother disappears before he is to leave for service in the British Royal Navy, Sally Kent dons his uniform and boards the Audacious. She is as capable as any midshipman and loves being free of society’s rules. Lt. David Colyear has served with Kents before, and there is something about this one that disturbs him. It doesn’t take long for Col to uncover Sally’s disguise, but he keeps it to himself as she is a better sailor than many. Amid skirmishes with the Spanish and French and trouble with a bullying seaman, Sally becomes a temptation Col can’t ignore. In the midst of battle, it is easy to give in to mutual desire, but their love and loyalty will be tested by war and pride. (ST. MARTIN’S, Aug., 368 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: August 2012

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Almost a Scandal

Submitted by hcabm on June 27, 2012 - 6:33pm.

This is an exciting tale about a woman, Sally Kent who follows her dream by filling in for her brother aboard a ship in her Majesty‘s Royal Navy.. She is soothing her conscious by saying that she is doing it to protect her family's honor but it is so much more.

It is a action packed story set against the backdrop of the high seas, and shows how wit can hold its own against brawn.

The main characters are Sally Kent and Mr. Colyear. Mr. Colyear has known the Kent family for years. He is the insurmountable object that Sally has to overcome to live unbound by the chains society has placed around her.

What makes this book special is that Sally has to face the consequences for her actions. There is a grittiness and believability in the descriptions of the life aboard ,the Audacious. The author shows that dues definitely have to be paid for breaking the rules. However if you have the guts sometimes you will reap the glory in unexpected ways. It is these things that kept me turning the pages, that and the interactions and growth of the characters, sometimes those interactions were amusing and other times poignant.

I enjoyed the story immensely, cannot think of anything else to say.