Prelude to a Scandal by Delilah Marvelle

 


The first in historical romance author Marvelle’s Scandal trilogy set in late Regency London, Prelude to a Scandal (HQN) is the sensual romance of eccentric scholar’s daughter Justine Palmer and her father’s renegade academic patron, the scarred but charismatic Duke of Bradford.  When Justine’s adored papa is sentenced to Marshalsea Prison for penning and publishing a notorious treatise on same-sex attachments among African mammals—with the strong suggestion that the species of Homo sapiens should be free to explore the same—Justine barters her virginity for Bradford’s financial and political clout to free her father.  


Struggling with a lifelong sex addiction that has made him a virtual recluse, Bradford seizes his opportunity not only to bed, but to wed the unconventional beauty.  Convinced that Justine will reject him once she learns of his addiction and the scandalous incident that led to his disfigurement, Bradford is determined to limit their intimacy to the strictly sexual.  But stubborn Justine has no intention of settling for half a marriage with the man she secretly adores.


Despite its often lighthearted and witty tone, this steamy romance deals sensitively with the issues of addiction, abuse, rape and recovery.  The book’s sexual encounters contain some unusual elements, but the power of Justine’s love to heal Bradford’s emotional wounds takes center stage.   Readers who enjoy a glittering ballroom Regency romance, in the style of Victoria Alexander and Jacquie d’Alessandro, will relish this poignant and sometimes madcap romp through 1820’s London.

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