PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL
Marvelle does not simply push the boundaries of the genre, she stretches them. She pens a highly sensual and complex love story with masterfully created characters. With mature and contemporary themes of sex addiction, spousal abuse and sexual preferences, this is a thought-provoking novel. Though not for all, this is a novel Anne Stuart (House of Rohan) fans will devour.
With her father unjustly imprisoned for his naturalist theories, Lady Justine turns to his patron, the Duke of Bradford, for help. Surprisingly, he proposes marriage with the provision they not meet until the wedding. But when her father is not released, Justine arrives at his home and sees her groom for the first time.
Though badly scarred, the duke is still a desirable man and one look has Justine craving her wedding night. He too yearns to bed his bride, perhaps too much — all he can think about is sex. Being a naturalist’s daughter, Justine sees this as normal, and once they are married tries to prove just how common his desires are. Just as the newlyweds reach an accord, others interfere until Bradford learns love is more powerful than lust. (HQN, Jan., 416 pp., $7.99)