Once Upon a Scandal is the second book in Delilah Marvelle’s Scandal series but it has no character ties to the first book so readers can enter this book ready to read.
Lady Victoria was once courted by an intelligent and sensitive man who, though he did not have many worldly things to offer her, he had his heart and a magic ring. Victoria, at seventeen, was enchanted and ready to commit herself to Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, even knowing he was about to leave her to travel to Venice. Unfortunately, his stay in Venice was extended and the brief correspondence that sustained their relationship was cut off abruptly by Jonathan.
Now, several years later, Victoria is put in the position where she has to marry or lose her inheritance. She vows never to marry for love but Jonathan is back in the picture. Will he be able to win her heart again? Will Victoria’s heart be broken all over when she discovers what Jonathan was doing in Venice?
Delilah Marvelle definitely knows how to write appealing and sexy stories. Unfortunately, I have a more difficult time liking her characters. Victoria sometimes seemed cruel in regards to Jonathan. He did make mistakes but surely her heart was not that cold towards him? I liked the role reversal that Delilah Marvelle played upon however. Jonathan is a quintessential romantic, wooing Victoria with words and heartfelt intimacies. He is not at all afraid to bare his heart and I liked that about him.
Once Upon a Scandal tackles the renewal and hope of love. While the story sometimes suffered from character development, it was nonetheless a pleasant historical romance.