by Debbie Raleigh

March 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7376-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Victor Humbly is once again trying to play cupid to Victoria and Lord Claredon. Just as the title suggests, their marriage was one made from scandal. Victoria thought she was in love with Thomas Stice and had planned on eloping with him, only things did not go as planned as he went to the wrong inn and she signed in at the inn as her cousin. Since Victoriaís cousin had been perusing Lord Claredon, he thought he would take matters into his own hands and seduce her in her own bed. That is exactly how they were found when Victoria let out a scream when she realized she was no longer dreaming.

Both Victoria and Claredon are stubborn, strong willed, and independent, each with their own hurts from the past and uncertain what the future held for them. Claredon had feelings for his wife and always was provoking her so he could see the fire in her eyes that he knew would be there for more things than just anger. Victoria as well had feelings for Claredon but she kept saying to herself that she loves Thomas. She will not have it any other way, because if she did, she isnít sure she could resist her husband anymore.

A Scandalous Marriage was filled with distrust, misguided love, and self discovery. Not only do we get to see how they react to each other when the other is in trouble, and trouble does find its way into the story, along with a burglar on the loose and an unwanted houseguest. Lets not forget about their own cupid, Victor Humbly, even though he did not play as big a role has he had in prior stories, he was still there to give each of them advise. Well the advice was somewhat straight forward and other times in a round about way that left the hero and heroine thinking about it long after the fact. If you are looking for a quick read with some sharp witty dialog between the hero and heroine then this is will be right up your alley. Even though this is the third book in the series, it is a stand alone book as well.

Reviewed in May 2003 by Pam.

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