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Proper young ladies of the ton—especially ones who have very small dowries—are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .SCANDALOUSLY YOURSTheProper young ladies of the ton—especially ones who have very small dowries—are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor. So, the headstrong Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret. Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .SCANDALOUSLY YOURSThe eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society—even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London's leading newspaper. But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor's edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble...However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia's secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl's young son, they must make some dangerous decisions... and trust that love will conquer all....

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Scandalously Yours Reviews

  • Caz
    2018-11-16 01:46

    I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars Scandalously Yours is the first in a trilogy of books about the three Sloane Sisters – Olivia, Anna and Caro – who are, the blurb tells us, proper young ladies with small dowries, who are encouraged to do little other than pursue eligible bachelors. Of course, our heroines accept no such thing, and each of them secretly indulges in their passion for – respectively - politics, novel-writing, and poetry, while putting up with their mother’s insistence that they flutter their eyelashes and simper at available young men.The eldest sister, Olivia, will have nothing to do with the simpering, however. She is adventurous and determinedly outspoken with a gift for political rhetoric. Having acted as her late father’s secretary on an expedition to Greece, she is a rather more well-informed than many other young ladies her age, and yearns to do something with her life rather than just look decorative and pour tea. Olivia has decided that marrying well – or at all – is not for her as she no wish to find herself subject to a husband’s authority, so, much to her mother’s despair, she refuses to hide her “oddness”.She is also, secretly, “The Beacon”, the anonymous author of newspaper editorials which highlight the plight of the less well off in society, and who is an advocate of reform.In fact, it seems that all three girls are unconventional and free-thinking, although the other two hide it and Olivia doesn’t. Their father was a noted and well-travelled expert on primitive cultures and rituals; an unconventional man who did not believe that his daughters should be brought up in ignorance of everything but hat-trimming and needlepoint. He talked openly to the girls about his work and the artifacts and diagrams he had collected (many of them containing sexual images and references) and thus, all three are more clued up about men and sex than most young women of the times. Their conversation about pizzles (!) early on in the book was hilarious, although even given their broader education, they still seemed a little too comfortable discussing such things.Our hero is John, Earl of Wrexham, a widower and former military officer with a ten-year-old son. Having returned from the war in order to take his seat in the Lords, he is also looking about him for a suitable wife and step-mother. He is referred to in society as “The Perfect Hero” – courageous, honest, honourable and well-mannered, he is a paragon of virtue. Unfortunately, all that honesty and virtue also serves to make him seem as though he has a stick up his arse much of the time, as he can seem too proper and unyielding.John is not looking to marry for love and has determined to seek a wife who is well-born, well-behaved and conventional. He decides that Lady Serena Wells is the perfect choice – but the problem is that his son, Prescott (Scottie) doesn’t like her, nicknaming her “the Steel Corset” because of her stern and very proper manner. In a scene which reminded me of the Banks children writing a letter advertising for a new nanny, Scottie puts together a list of his requirements for a wife for his father and a mother for himself and sends it to the Mayfair Gazette. Naturally, it becomes London’s latest on-dit and the paper is inundated with replies. But the ladies who respond are not what Scottie is looking for – apart from one “Lady Loose-Screw” who sounds like the perfect candidate, so he arranges to meet her.Being only ten years old presents rather a problem, however, as his attempt to run off to London alone is foiled when his father catches up with him on the road. Fortunately, however, Wrexham needs to go to London anyway, so they journey there together.In London, John meets Olivia and is surprised to discover that her political views run along very similar lines to his. He also discovers her secret identity as The Beacon and asks her to help him to refine and polish his speech, which she agrees to do, and soon they have developed a strong friendship.As a former soldier, John is very concerned about the conditions being faced by soldiers returning from war. Work is hard to find, especially for those who have been injured serving their country, and he plans to use his maiden speech to highlight these issues and make a strong case for offering these men financial support by way of some sort of pension. Although he is an earl, he is not inured to a life of privilege and unlike some, is not primarily concerned with preserving his own level of comfort. This brings him into conflict with others of his station who are most definitely not like-minded and it is not long before the threats which have been made against him to try to bring him to heel are carried out and his son is kidnapped.John and Olivia, with the help of the rakish Lord Davenport (who is clearly being set up as the hero of the next book) then undertake a madcap – and uncomfortable – dash across England in order to effect the boy’s rescue while trying (not always successfully) to keep their hands off each other.I liked Olivia’s boldness and honesty, even though I felt it was sometimes just a tad too extreme for the time at which the novel is set. But I didn’t like the number of times I was reminded that her flouting of convention and outspokenness was why she had been nicknamed the “Hellion of High Street” by the tabbies of the ton. I got it the first time, thanks. While I like reading about heroines with minds of their own, to have one who, at this period in history, delights in going out of her way to be different was too difficult to swallow, especially as she had no money to speak of. Women had very few options back then – it was get married or nothing; and for the woman with little money, being unmarried often led to a very difficult existence à la Emma’s Miss Bates.Wrexham was rather endearing, despite his stuffiness, and his desire to do the right thing for his son was a very attractive quality. It was also nice to read about a widower who had actually loved his wife, rather than one whose marriage had been little more than cordial and who had never been in love before. He was supportive of Olivia, never dismissive of her views and suggestions, and revealed himself to have a dry sense of humour – but I confess he did come across as a little on the bland side.I enjoyed the way the relationship developed between the two, with them finding common interests and striking up (an admittedly charged) friendship before they became lovers, a friendship they managed to maintain even after Olivia had somewhat cavalierly brushed aside Wrexham’s proposal following an afternoon’s passionate interlude. (I normally roll my eyes at that point in a novel – when the hero proposes to the heroine after they’ve hit the sack and she turns him down; but here, I felt Olivia’s character had been so well set up that the rejection made sense given all she had previously said about not wanting to be subject to a man’s authority.) However, their working partnership, both before and after they did the horizontal mambo was well written and was one of the highlights of the book.Scandalously Yours is a promising start to a new series. It’s an easy, undemanding read, the characters are likeabIe and the writing is intelligent and often humorous. The secondary characters – Anna, Caro, Davenport and Scottie – are all well drawn and engaging, and the author’s incorporation of elements of the political situation at the time provides an interesting backdrop to the romance, and is also key to a number of the plot developments. Overall, however, I couldn’t quite ignore the issues I had with the characterization of the two principals. That said, I’d certainly recommend the book to those who like their romance laced with a dose of history, and I may pick up the next book in the series as I have the feeling that Davenport has the makings of a rather delicious hero.

  • Mary - Buried Under Romance
    2018-11-06 03:03

    Mini review; apologies for lack of substanceElliott beings her Hellions of High Street series with her trademark humor and witty dialogue. Our heroine, Olivia, is sharp, critical, at times acidic, and above all, stubborn to a fault for her political causes, a trait which she shares with the Earl of Wrexham. When these two first met, daggers are drawn and words brandished as rapiers, yet each couldn't help but admire the other's spirit and intelligence. When an alliance is proposed between them to mutual benefit, will be it purely business, or might love enter the equation? I recommend readers to experience the fun and wit of this book for themselves, and to subsequently read the other two books of the Hellions series.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2018-11-09 07:16

    'Hellions of High Street' is the name of this series - who could resist? In the first book, we meet John, Earl of Wrexham, and sympathise with the reluctance of this seasoned warrior of the Peninsular Wars to indulge in frivolity at a ball. As a widowed man, he's considered a good catch by every dowager with a simpering miss to promote. Olivia Sloane has no time for the girls just out of the schoolroom; she swears if she has a mind to, and has no looks or dowry worth considering. Only the prospects of her two younger sisters stops her from telling people what she really thinks of their wasteful indulgent pursuits. Her father has written on primitive tribal cultures for the Royal Society, so she's unlikely to be shocked by much. She's also better at chess than the Earl of Wrexham is expecting. John is not the usual bachelor either, having a son ten years old. Of course the boy was in the care of a tutor while John campaigned, so now the earl is having to learn to be a father. Young Prescott resents his authority, and tells him that the house used to be happy while Mama was alive. John doesn't know it, but there is an advertisement circulating for a stepmother. At every turn we meet another pleasant surprise; Olivia has a sister who secretly writes exciting novels, while her own thoughts are on the social care available for army veterans, including those who have lost limbs so cannot find employment. We spend time in a shop deciding how chess pieces made of different materials feel in the hand. Young Prescott has a mind of his own, which leads to him stowing away in a coach boot to get to London. The standard of detail in New York author Cara Elliott's writing is excellent and the lively adventures will appeal to historical romance fans who want something out of the ordinary. I did think that well-off people had more servants about them. I found the character list engaging and quite realistic, and if the romance took a little time to show, that's because it was hard for people to spend long in each other's company unchaperoned. This tale does develop into an adult romance, quite naturally.

  • Farrah
    2018-11-17 05:13

    An absolutely amazing historical romance! Scandalously Yours was a brilliant read. I loved every bit of it, from the romance, to the thrills, to all the characters. It was all wonderful.Olivia was a lovely heroine. She was very strong willed and clever and determined. When it came to what she wanted, nothing was going to stop her from getting it. My only issue with her was that, at times, she was a trifle too stubborn. But, overall, I really liked her.John, the Earl of Wrexham, was amazing. He was so sweet, charming, smart, caring, loyal to his loved ones, and utterly adorable. I thought he was totally perfect and I adored him.The romance was lovely. Olivia and John were so sweet together. Even when they were hiding their feelings, it was obvious that they cared for each other. And, the attractive between them was sizzling from the moment they met. Definitely some steamy moments in store.Prescott (Scottie for short) was John's son and this boy was so adorable. He was just precious and I really liked his character. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were a few thrills along they way. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely. Can't wait to read more from this series!Scandalously Yours was a brilliant historical romance. I loved every bit of it. It was a truly lovely, utterly enjoyable read. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2018-10-26 06:03

    I love reading historical romances; lately, though, the ones I've read have been great, but haven't blown me away. Even though I was hoping to blown away by this book, I was still a little doubtful that it would happen. I was so wrong, though, because Scandalously Yours knocked my socks off! I absolutely loved, Loved, LOVED it!!! It was such an amazing book and I'm so glad I was wrong! Miss Olivia Sloane couldn't give a fig about what is proper and what isn't, while John, the Earl of Wrexham, cares a great deal about rules and being proper. Olivia speaks her mind, refuses to let Society and all the men in it tell her what or how to think, and she is more comfortable with logic and reasoning than with romance and fantasy. But she can't keep John off her mind or the feelings he stirs within her. John doesn't know what to make of Olivia: she shocks him, challenges him, and intrigues him. He resolves to put her out of his mind, but then he needs her help and with it, he starts to learn that maybe following all the rules and being a proper gentleman all the time isn't so important after all. I absolutely loved John and Olivia! I loved the whole he's-all-proper-and-she's-not deal. It was extremely fun and entertaining to watch their interactions and how they challenged each other, I could hardly stop laughing or smiling. It was just so awesome to see how much they grew and came to love each other. Scandalously Yours is a witty, mostly light read with heat, mischief, beauty, and some danger thrown in. It was a spectacular book and I absolutely loved it! I'm so excited and can't wait to read the next book in the series!! Scandalously Yours is a standalone, it's told from multiple points of view and it does have a HEA. ~ Paige, 5 stars

  • Angie Elle
    2018-10-17 07:03

    ***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***I do love a sweet historical romance, and Scandalously Yours is definitely that!The main characters were both likable. Olivia wasn't concerned with what the ton thought of her. She was much too focused on scholarly pursuits to care about society. She was (though she wasn't aware of it) quite charming.Wrexham was quite practical in all things, including his pursuit of a wife. My favorite thing about his character was how he worried about being a good parent and if he was making the right decisions for his son. And he was drawn to Olivia because of her intelligence and stance on certain parliamentary issues. Wrexham was kind and considerate, and he had no problem going with the flow, then adjusting his life when things took a different turn.I loved their first meeting. Olivia's boldness set the tone for their entire story. I love that she was able to shock Wrexham from their very first meeting. It definitely was enough to intrigue him, and he couldn't seem to get her off his mind.The banter between the hero and heroine was witty and entertaining, as was the banter between Olivia and her sisters. Wrexham's charming and amusing son was a great addition to this story, and his friend Lucy was a hoot.This wasn't your average historical romance. Wrexham and Olivia were definitely unique. I really appreciated that despite his role in society, Wrexham never once tried to 'strong arm' Olivia into anything. Instead of using power play, he chose to put everything on the table.If you're looking for a fun, romantic opposites-attract story with a bit of action tossed in, this book is definitely for you!

  • SOS Aloha
    2018-10-31 00:10

    The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. - Anais NinOlivia Sloane has a talent for writing yet the ton forces her to hide behind a pen name. She also hides during social engagements. On one such occasion, Olivia matches wits over a chess board with a shadowed man marked by a military bearing. She later learns her challenger was Earl of Wrexham, a war hero and widowed father of a precocious son. Circumstance continues to bring them together, giving Olivia and Wrexham the opportunity to learn each other's secrets. Elliott excels in the little details to make this a quintessential Regency romance laced with passion, humor, and warmth. The chess board becomes the catalyst for these fated lovers to learn how to outmaneuver their enemies ... and conquer each other's hearts. Elliott includes children in a subplot ala Sleepless in Seattle. I wasn't sure how this storyline would merge with the overarching story of the social reform. Yet Elliott weaves all threads together for a heartfelt romance, whetting my appetite for the other Sloane sisters to have their own adventure.Recommended read for fans of Regency historicals, bluestocking heroines, and road trips.

  • Chumchum_88
    2018-10-26 01:10

    I enjoyed this book and for a change I read one in a sedate pace.I found this book enjoyable though the events dragged a bit.- I liked that the heroine was a bluestocking but not the conventional type, she wasn't all facts she believes in legends and myths and dancing around campfires.- I liked the hero though not at first, him letting people persuade him how to interact with his son with discipline and aloofness. And his fixation with the Steel Corset XD - I liked his son he was a brave lad and I liked that his best friend was the daughter of an inn keeper.- I liked the sisters, and how tight they were.- Didn't like how Anne reacts when around The Devil Davenport, except his reputation I didn't see anything wrong with him except he was trying to help every single time.Overall, *thumbs side-ways*

  • Donna
    2018-10-28 04:46

    This is the first book I've read by this author and I plan on finishing this trilogy. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to her sisters getting their own HEA. I think Scottie, the hero's son, and his friend Lucy stole the show. I hope they get their own HEA when they're older.

  • Flor
    2018-10-19 00:47

    3.5

  • Romancing the Book
    2018-10-31 02:10

    Reviewed by AubreyBook provided by NetgalleyReview originally posted at Romancing the BookI was so amazed at how much I absolutely loved this book. I was beyond surprised because I really don’t normally like historical novels. I really want to and I hate that I don’t but I usually find them very dry and not worth my time. Without a doubt one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I adored Olivia. She is exactly how I see myself if I was born in the time this book was set. Headstrong, stubborn and outspoken. She really does not want to be part of the crowd or someone that is seen and not heard.I don’t even know how to put my thoughts together right now. Elliott’s writing is superb. The dialogue between Olivia and Wrexham is witty, funny and super intelligent. Olivia is a female character unlike any character I have read in historical romance novels. She is a hardcore feminist and beyond intelligent with a knowledge of the political arena that most men did not have.The relationship between Olivia and Wrexham would be one that I would want to have. They respect each other and are friends before anything else. They work well together. There is strong sense of trust that most relationships don’t have.I have to read the rest of the books in the series. I also really liked Olivia’s sisters Anna and Caro. They were also strong and spunky females that were raised unconventionally for the time. Now that their father has passed away the mother feels the need to marry all 3 girls off to wealthy men. The 3 girls feel differently.I would recommend this book to anyone that loves different romances that happen differently than most romance novels. I laughed out loud often and cheered on Olivia. Olivia is my hero. Forget book boyfriend. I want Olivia to be my book girlfriend.

  • Tin
    2018-10-23 05:56

    This is not the first time Cara Elliott has featured a group of smart, incredibly talented women in her series -- she did this with her Circle of Sin stories, but, what makes her Hellions of High Street series different is the injection of lightness and humor.I'm a sucker for smart women in my romances, and the Sloane sisters are incredibly so. Olivia is an activist, and very passionate about her causes. This novel started out very well. I liked how independent-minded the heroine was, and how disinterested she was in the marriage game -- but, sadly, still needed to participate in the social activities for the sake of her younger sister (and their impoverished family). Olivia's younger sisters aren't much different from her: one is secretly a gifted poet (who is engaged in a word war with another poet, who happens to be a lord), and the other sister is secretly a romance writer. I love how distinct each sister is, and I can't wait to start reading their stories.Olivia expelled another sigh. Unlike herself, who all too often wasn't smart enough to hide her rebellion against Society's rules, Anna was blessed with both beauty and brains. Her sister's manners were charming, her temperament sweet, and her appearance angelic. No one would ever guess that such a demure, dainty figure was, in fact, the author of the wildly popular racy novels featuring the intrepid English orphan Emmalina Smythe and Count Alessandro Crispini, an Italian Lothario whose exploits put Giacomo Casanova to the blush.- Chapter 3Olivia's first meeting with the Earl of Wrexham was over a game of chess, and I love how the game actually reflects our main characters. There's a lot of strategy involved as Wrexham tries to find a second wife (and mother to his young son). There's also a lot of thinking and planning as he also prepares to make a potentially policy-changing/world-changing speech in the House of Lords, but he needs the help of The Beacon, a famed reform writer for one of London's leading newspapers."Do you think that ladies are incapable of conceiving a plan of attack that requires thinking three or four steps ahead?" She knew the answer of course. Most men were predictable in their prejudices, assuming the fairer sex had naught but feathers for brains.Which made his reply all the more unexpected."I have a sister," he said slowly. "So I am acutely aware of how sharp the female mind can be." A rumbled chuckle softened his solemn expression for just an instant. "Indeed, their skill at riding roughshod over an enemy's defines put the efficiency of many of my fellow officers to blush."- Chapter 1Wrexham is an interesting study: the world views him as a perfect hero, but he knows he isn't. He knows he is about the shatter this illusion once he makes his speech and he looks towards that event with both excitement and fear. I loved the metafiction at work here: Wrexham is the hero of this story, and, on paper, he's supposed to have everything (ergo, perfect): a title, money, the respect of his peers, etc. But, as we read how woefully inadequately Wrexham interacts with Olivia and how terribly he is botching up fatherhood, we know he isn't perfect.But this is where the story gets a bit confusing: there's a little bit of everything in this story and I didn't know where to focus on: The dynamic between Olivia and Wrexham are an odd-couple pairing: one is footloose and fancy free and the other is stiff, unbending and all about the rules. This, perhaps, was the most promising theme explored in the story, and I wished the author had just focused on this. (This actually reminded me a bit of The Sound of Music with the Steel Corset (Lady Serena), a lady Wrexham is considering to marry, but who has a very extreme view of where children ought to be -- like The Baroness in The Sound of Music.) This situation gets complicated when Wrexham's young son, Scottie, is included and there's a bit about an ad placed in a newspaper about a man seeking a wife. It reminded me of Sleepless in Seattle. While enjoyable, it made me wonder what the focus of the story was: is it the reform? is it the love triangle? is it the odd-couple pairing? The element of suspense and action is also introduced much later, and requires our hero and heroine to chase through the countryside chasing after a villain.There are two obstacles for Wrexham: a group of lords are unhappy with the reforms he plans to introduce in his speech, and are taking drastic measures to stop him. Wrexham's son is also involved in some hi-jinx as he tries to find the lady he believes would be a perfect match for his father. There's also Olivia and her secret, and how it would affect her sisters' prospects of marriage if anyone would know the truth about her. A testament to how talented a writer Cara Elliott is: the story works. It's a bit unwieldy and weighed down by so many story threads, but she succeeds in making you interested in the sisters and their stories. She also succeeded in giving Wrexham and Olivia a very good happily-ever-after.

  • Sonya Heaney
    2018-10-31 03:51

    Originally posted HERE.I’m going to admit something: I requested this book for review because I loved the cover. I didn’t actually read the blurb until after I’d already downloaded it! (And the cover for the next book is gorgeous, too!)I’ve never read a book by this author before, so the first in a new series sounded like a good place to start. I enjoyed it, and especially the way the action kept on moving. Some historical romances start off well and then sort of even out into more of the same, and I lose interest halfway through. This one definitely held my interest from start to finish.I don’t know if we ever got a year this book was set in, though references were made to certain historical events that had happened in the recent past.Olivia was a little on the irritating side early on. There’s a real trend at the moment to have heroines who proudly declare they’re, ‘Not like other ladies’ – as though being like other women in the world is a terrible thing. She didn’t seem to ever consider that had she been raised by a different father, without the advantages of education he gave her, she would have been one of those ‘other ladies’. There’s no shame in surviving in the world you were raised in.Which is why I appreciated the moment when she was questioned about her determination not to do anything as others did, when it was suggested she really didn’t have to be as different as she made herself be. Her armour.John is a good hero (if astoundingly progressive for a man of his time). He’s not too perfect, despite being called perfect by others from the start of the book to its finish. I thought his relationship with his son was interesting. Not at all neglectful, but definitely one that had been formed around the social rules of the aristocracy. I’m not sure about getting amorous with a woman during some of the drama towards the end, but otherwise he was a good parent who tried hard to do the right thing by his son.I liked the addition of John’s son to the storyline – apart from the fact the story would have been impossible without him. I’m not sure why, as I’m not much one for children in books, but I just really liked his presence in the story.Here’s a quote I particularly liked:She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.I cannot tell you how much I hate it when this quote – almost word for word – is used to describe women in so many other books! I HATE it! I love that the author turned it around and shot it straight back at the male characters who are prone to think it!This was a significantly more enjoyable historical romance than the last few I’ve read, and I will definitely seek out the next in the series. Apart from anything else, I want the pretty cover!I only hope that the editors cut the use of snuck out of the next book. I cringe every time I see it turn up in a book in this genre!Review copy provided by NetGalley.

  • Hannah G.
    2018-11-14 00:58

    *4.5completely and utterly delightful! like, i would list all the reasons why i loved this so much but that would take quite awhile so i'll just say that i absolutely adored olivia and john because they were true partners. he respected her intelligence and her opinions and fell for her because of it and vice versa. i mean, this book has a proposal that occurs via a chess game!!!!!!! which honestly tells you all you need to know about these two and their relationship. how could i not love them??? and if that wasn't enough, olivia herself is a fantastic lady lead and her relationship with her sisters is also really great and loving because they care about each other and their happiness so much. i mean honestly, i could not stop the grin i had on my face while reading this. i know there are some grammatical errors and some repetitiveness regarding dialogue that occurs throughout the book but i loved this too much not to round it up to a 5.

  • Julie
    2018-10-18 04:50

    My review for Scandously Yours by Caro Elliot will be linked back here to Goodreads in the near future. Stay Tuned!

  • Kimia Safavi
    2018-10-28 03:16

    Loved It!Scandalously Yours is captivating and amazing. My review will be in Fresh Fiction soon.Thank you Cara Elliott

  • Danielle (Bookwhoreblog) Perez
    2018-11-10 00:59

    A delightfully romantic story. Review to follow.

  • SidneyKay
    2018-11-12 05:03

    Right - er - wrong, no, right.Another author with another name. Scandalously Yours by Cara Elliott, who happens to have written under the name of Andrea Pickens looonnng ago. She was one of those authors who wrote those little Signet Regencies which I used to gobble up and I have to admit, this book reminded me a little of a Signet.What we have here is the beginning of a series - the Sloane Sisters series. There is Olivia, Anna, and Caro. All of these sisters are rather outspoken women and not really looking for what other women seem to want - men. They seem to be ahead of their time by about 20 years or so. They are interested in politics and writing, they don't simper very credibly. Thanks to their anthropologist (I think) father they also seem to be aware of how men and women fit together. In fact, there is a highly amusing scene between the three sisters when they discuss a man's pizzle, along with a demonstration. I did chuckle when that scene came along. That scene and many of the other scenes involving the sisters is what makes this a hard book to review. I loved the sisters when they were together.I also loved some of the other secondary characters in the book, namely our hero’s precocious son Scottie. Where this story fell apart for me was between the two main characters, our hero John and our heroine Olivia. They were more interesting apart than they were together. This story reminded me of Sleepless in Seattle. John is a widower and he actually loved his first wife. His son Scottie thinks that his father doesn't laugh enough and is on the lookout for a new wife for his father. Scottie also doesn't think too much of the women John is courting, especially one Scottie has nicknamed "the Steel Corset." Along with some help from Scottie's bestist friend Lucy they send an advertisement to a newspaper seeking a woman to fill the job of wife/mother.Olivia, who writes under the pen name of the Beacon, sees the advertisement and just to be funny writes a sarcastic reply. She signs it "Lady Loose-Screw" but doesn't send the reply - however, her sister does. From Scottie's point of view this woman is the perfect candidate and he arranges to meet her. Scottie run's away to London, but his journey doesn't last long because John discovers his son’s plans and overtakes him on the road. After a bit of a tussle, they come to an agreement and set off to London together. John and Olivia meet, but he doesn't discover allll of her identities - she has more than one. The romance between John and Olivia was slow, without too much chemistry, and allowed me to reflect on other things. My rule: writing should never make me think. (Somehow that doesn't sound right.)Reflection number one. Olivia hops into bed with John, he loves her, and she loves him - although they haven't admitted it yet. So, is the ultimate point of a HEA marriage? Because at times in this story that seemed to be the only thing that the couple was aiming for. Then they admit their love, but still there is hesitation and then there was the out-of-the-blue thought from Olivia's brain that John might love another. Don't know why that bit of pondering was added to the story at the point it was added. It would have worked better in the beginning. It took too long for all the back and forth "should I - do I - will she - will he" to be solved.Reflection number two. Some might claim a spoiler is approaching. When one's beloved son is kidnapped and one is following over hill and dale in hopes of ambushing the villains, does one take time out for a spot of whankee-roo? It always bothers me in romances that a parent/sibling/loved-one can think of hopping into bed with someone when in reality their biggest emotion has to be fear, not lust. Yeah, yeah, I've heard about the surge of endorphins or whatever when people are in battlefield situations or fighting. But having someone you love kidnapped has to be a totally different can of worms. Which is why for me, partaking in a loving, intimate, lust-filled moment when a child has been taken just doesn't work. In fact, I can't think of any romance book which has this plot in it (and there are tons) that this has ever worked for me.Reflection number three. Right. There is a point in this book in which the hero replies to the heroine with the slang word "Right." This is not the first time in recent history that this word has appeared in an historical. My immediate reaction was to rant about the proper use of historically accurate slang. I had it all ready, you know the routine - all those authors who have been around forever and should know better. However, before I jumped into my rant I opened up my handy-dandy book called 1811, Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. Yes, I own this book. I use it for research and it was first published in 1811. Guess what word was in that book? Go ahead, guess. Yep, right there in black and white was the word "right." And, the definition matched the use in the book. Well, color me red.What happened? I guess I don't know as much as I thought I did and sometimes there is a difference between what "feels" correct and what "is" correct. Sometimes our gut reactions are nothing more than just guts. I think a lot of times, we the readers jump to conclusions concerning historical accuracy based on our gut. Which is ok, but the problem arises when we act on that reaction - does anyone remember that horrible argument a few years ago (another website) on the use of the word "flute." There was quite a lot of name calling and ridiculous reactions that were thrown around in that discussion. Accusations of the author’s incompetence was thrown out and all the while the use of the word "flute" was correct. That poor author never saw it coming. Recently, I read a review in which the reviewer was questioning the use of the word "f..." in an historical. My first reaction to that comment was “OMG are you kidding,” however I did resist the temptation of responding. For your information that particular word has been around long enough to have a Greek spelling - so that's a long time. Although the word we know in English speaking countries is probably from the Dutch form. But we are still talking 1400s, and, the definition is mostly the same as it is today. So, yes that word would have been used as it was in the book that was reviewed. For me I have learned a lesson. I am actually going to check things out before I start my rants on accuracy. It's easy to do: one just opens a book and reads.Odds-bodkins, enough reflection. However, that is what happens when one isn't totally enamored of a book. Overall, I found the main characters to be lacking in chemistry, which made their "romance" seem to go on forever. I was entertained by the secondary characters enough to check out the two sisters when their book is released.Time/Place: Regency EnglandSensuality: Ho-humKaysBlog

  • Sam
    2018-10-29 00:02

    The Sloane sisters are a family of Polite Society. They attend balls and are pressured to marry up by their mother like most young women their age. These sister's each bare a secret that could not only ruin their reputation, but also the family name; each of them write and publish themselves with a man's name! (Le gasp!) Each book focuses on each sister in turn and follows her exploits on trying to lead a perfect life in the 1800s England while trying to be true to herself, and whatnot, but also hide the self that's real. Then they all try to not feel sexy urges, too. Cause you know if you want to kiss a dude your a total slut by 17th century English standards.The Bad- If you have read one book of the series, you really have read them all. The only difference would be the character names. I read these books back to back and man I was feeling deja vu. It was cut and paste the same! It's like the author had a check list that she kept following while writing the series.1) Sloane sister meets a guy that is higher up in English society and gets on her nerves yet cannot help but be attracted to him. Check2) Dude pov shows that he is also equally annoyed by Sloane sister but whenever he thinks of her his pants get a little tight. Check3) Guy finds out that the heroine is really the uber popular Society Issue Critic/Racy Romance Novelist/Poetry writer. Check4) While succumbing to their passions the guy notices how pink the inside of the girls ear is and that's hot. Check5) Offers to marry girl right after they bang cause he ruined her. Only to be rejected by girl for making such an offer. (Even though it's the 1800s and back then that's a good deal for a chick.) Check.6) Some plot happens where there's running to catch the bad guy. Check7) And they get hitched. Checky Check flipin' CHECK!Whew! So I guess you have read the series if you read the checklist; your welcome. Now this is where I am gonna get serious. Throughout the series the sisters all recount how their late father documented various cultures and thus they had a 'different' upbringing, thus explaining their undercover careers that no normal lady would pursue. The reader learns things like how their father studied primitive cultures by visiting the tribes-people of Crete. This sentence sums up the series in this topic. I could go into more detail but that would make this review very long, and these books are simply not worth the time. Keywords: Primitive, culture, tribes-people and Crete Now let me precede in ripping it apart. I have graduated college with a BA in Anthropology. So I have based my academic career in studying culture's, human/primate behavior, forensic's and much more!Primitive: That being said I do hope that the author was trying to make the main heroine's come off as snobby racist English girls because that's how it come out to me. First off, no culture should be considered 'primitive' for reasons being, when one thinks of the word 'primitive' you tend think 'simple' and/or 'dumb'. This is insulting because you wouldn't walk out of your air conditioned house, go up to a camp ground and tell people who are camping that they are 'primitive'. You would not also say to them, "You are so stupid, you could be sleeping in an air-conditioned house but instead you are sleeping outside like a pig." This is exactly what you are saying when you call another person's way of life 'primitive'. There are tribes in existence at this very moment. They are not stupid people. The environment they live in either calls for that particular lifestyle or it just works for them. It would not be economical to have cars in the middle of a desert with no roads would it? Or what about the Amish? It's not because they don't know better, it's just that's how they choose to live.Tribes-people: In the first book, Scandalously Yours the main character says something to the effect of, 'the tribes people half were related to half of the island' (NOT a direct quote!). Let's define tribe- a group of nomads (travelers, never 'settle') numbering 20-50 people. I don't believe the author knows what a tribe is because if these people where in fact a tribe, they wouldn't be related to half the island. Unless there were two tribes. One would wonder, why would one be a nomad on an island? Well it's possible, it would depend on how big the island is. After all nomads go where the food is, so to speak. So how big is this island?Crete: Well I will tell you! It's much smaller than Japan! Wanna guess where Crete is? Remember the setting is 1800s Europe! So where would 'primitive' people be? Africa of course!~Wrong! :) Crete is an island off of Greece!Whaaaaaa?! Greece? But there's like people there that are so not 'primitive'..........Yes ladies and gentlemen Crete is the biggest island off Greece and has been considered the place where all the smart peeps go. In fact Crete has been regarded as the 'place to be' for over thousands of years! Ottoman empire- idea started in Crete. Venice, Italy lifestyle = Crete. Greece universities = CRETE. So I'm sure ya'll are thinking, 'But wait, if it's the 1800s wouldn't there NOT be any tribes in Greece? I mean their not known for tribes or 'primitive' culture. Also weren't the Brits heavily influenced by Greece?'And the answer is YES!This makes no sense! I think I could have maybe looked over the author writing the norm ignorance of culture's had she not made it Crete. I mean it's really hard to get into the story when you have such a gaping plot hole.......I mean come on Cara Elliott! You could have googled 'Crete' and been like 'Oh snap, I guess this the one place NOT to set a fictional primitive culture!'. The Good- Yeah that ship has sailed, then swallowed up by the plot hole.....The Book- So if you only have a grasp of culture from from the 1800s, NEVER google things and are looking for a cut and paste read that screams "give me your money for little of my effort!" then The Hellions of High Street series is for you!

  • Jennifer
    2018-11-10 00:12

    3.5/5John, Earl of Wrexham is a military hero. He has stood his ground, faced battle, seen unmistakable horrors yet why does run the opposite direction when at a ball? Because now his new found enemies are badgering mammas and their daughters and oh dancing! He wants to be involved in politics and change the world, not be stuck in a ballroom listening to the chatter about fashion and meaningless things. But he lets it slip to his sister that he's looking for a wife, a nice and proper wife and a mother to his son.Olivia Sloane is known as a hellion bluestocking among Society. She considers herself plain and doesn't have a dowry. She's outspoken and doesn't pursue the feminine arts. Instead, she's a chess player, she's educated and she's been raised (by her liberal father, not her conservative mother) to know about the world and have a modern and open outlook on life. She plays nice for the sake of her pretty sister who she hopes will catch herself a nice and titled husband. But she doesn't particularly care about things many of her female peers wants. She wants reform and change, but what's a woman to do? She writes fiery political essays under a pseudonym.When John and Olivia meet for the first time they are hiding from the chattering chits of the ball. They find comfort in the darkened room, yet are surprised to find each other. She hopes to shock John into leaving her alone by outrageously referring to the chess pieces she's holding and commenting on their, ahem, swords. But John, the Perfect Hero and follower of all things moral and proper doesn't see how someone of Olivia's deposition could suit him and his son. Little does he realize, she's exactly what he needs. He gets a little help from his sister who introduces the two of them and from then on misadventures ensue. There's a side story with John's son Prescott aka Scottie who wants to find the perfect surrogate mother and not have to endure the Steel Corset a perfect proper lady John is sort of courting. He and his best friend submit an advertisement in one of London’s most popular papers seeking a mother. They read over the replies and choose the best reply written by a “Lady Loose Screw” who happens to be Olivia who wrote the letter in jest. It was secretly submitted by Anna for fun and none of the sisters imagined it would get out of hand. John is in the midst of writing a speech to the House of Lords seeking support for war veterans returning home. He seeks the writer of political essays who he feels could help him. When he discovers it’s Olivia, she intrigues him even more and they decide they have a common goal. They agree to work on the speech together and to try to remain friends, but we know how that goes.When Scottie is abducted by those who are against John’s political aspirations Olivia enlists herself to help him. She feels partially to blame, but also wants to squash his enemies because she feels they are also her enemies.Things I wasn’t expectingThere were times where I thought the characters spoke to modern. I got a sense of a proper upper crest (yet not snooty) speech from John, but they both used phrases that were out of touch. And for Scottie and his friend to be only 10 and 11 they seemed like much older teenagers. Yes, Scottie has been properly reared, but he sounded too much like a miniature earl (which I guess he would be).I liked that the series (“The Hellions of High Street”) was named after the three Sloane Sisters. I liked that all the sisters supported one another and took part in Olivia’s adventures. (view spoiler)[I definitely wasn’t expecting Olivia to not be a virgin. I don't think I’ve read a book where the heroine was a member of high society and not a virgin. It keeps in line with her independent nature and the way she was described as a character. She’s very much not your typical 19th century character limited by her sex. But with that said, she constantly feels ostracized by society which I think really would of happened. She’s too out there to be seen as normal. So at least she (and the author makes it a point) recognizes she’s not atypical of London’s misses. (hide spoiler)]Things I would have liked to have seenWith all the talk of Scottie’s letters, I would have liked to have read what he exactly wrote. I also would liked to have read excerpts of the advertisements and of more about Olivia’s reply as Lady Loose Screw. The characters talk out loud a lot. A few mutterings are ok, but I thought the characters spoke their feelings out loud a little too much for my liking. It reminded me of soap opera characters talking about their devious plans out loud. It was a bit odd.It was sweet story of friends becoming lovers, of a heroine who helps the hero achieve greatness and of a heroine finding love when she never thought it was possible. I thought the story wrapped up a little too quickly. A large portion of the plot is driven by John and Olivia’s quest to save Scottie and it’s over really quickly and the instigators aren’t really brought to justice. There are very few misunderstandings between the two characters, but when (view spoiler)[John offers marriage I don’t really understand why Olivia would decline. Because she thought she was too much of a hellion for such a proper earl? She says it’s because she wants her independence, but surely she must have realized he would give her that. Or maybe because John never declared his feelings, but because of honor decided to marry Olivia> Still, she had very strong feelings for him at that point and it seemed a little silly to rebuff him when he made it clear he liked her unconventional ways.(hide spoiler)]Lord Davenport proved to be a mysterious character I’m looking forward to his story in the next book with Anna. I hope we see more of John, Olivia and little Scottie and Lucy I hope they will get together in the future despite their difference in station. Well considering who his step mother will be I think she’ll more than convince John she’s good for their son.

  • Desiree
    2018-11-09 08:05

    Oh, for once it is not love at first sight. I liked how the relationship grew and the affection was built on both attraction and understanding and appreciation for the other person intellect and decisions.A silly romance, but one that ticks all the boxes for me

  • Shannon
    2018-10-28 06:07

    A refreshing spin with a heroine who truly speaks her mind and does not back down. She keeps her opinions despite those around her. The hero of the story is looking to find a proper wife, and instead gets Miss Olivia Sloane placed in his path to help shape his mind.

  • Danielle
    2018-11-11 03:50

    Probably give this a 3.5 stars

  • Eileen Dandashi
    2018-11-08 08:00

    About The Author:A passion for Jane Austen type reads, Cara Elliot writes historical romances in the Regency setting. Her love of romance reads and history has drawn her to write this genre. At Yale, she majored in art and continued her education by obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She is presently the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine which gives her the opportunity to use all her talents while traveling.Ms. Elliot has written a couple of series which are equally as delicious, The Lords of Midnight and The Circle of Sin. This book Scandalously Yours is book 1 of The Hellions of High Street. Book 2, Sinfully Yours will release February 4, 2014. Book 3 in this series is titled Passionately Yours.About the Story:Olivia Sloane, a-24-year-old woman, free-thinking and not interested in constraints that Polite Society places, secretly writes a column, The Beacon, in the local newspaper discussing and highlighting radical political thoughts for that time in history.Olivia’s sisters, Anna and Caro are both unique in their own way, too. Anne writes novels under a pseudonym which Polite Society is avidly reading, though she dare not make herself known. Women do not write novels. Caro hasn’t had her coming out, but is already creating poetry and apparently will follow in her sisters’ footsteps. She is also a very intelligent young lady who believes everyone should marry for love, a new idea among the aristocracy.When the three sisters share their ideas to accomplish what they set out to do, the misadventures and mishaps are extremely humorous and entertaining.The prim and proper military figure and dashing figure Earl Wrexham must convince the Lords in Parliament that the bill to have the state provide for veterans of war is necessary and just. He means to make them see that these men of service must be folded back into society and have meaningful lives in every way possible. He is determined to have this bill pass, but needs the aid of the columnist writer in the local newspaper who seems to have a very good grasp on the political scene. The columnist doesn’t answer his query so Earl Wrexham snares him outside the newspaper office. But he isn’t a he, he is a she and this she he’s met! She’s the chit that he caught in the library at the ball playing chess with herself.Prescott, John’s son, is ten years old. He and his best friend Lucy decide to help John, Prescott’s father find a wife and Prescott a mother. They write an advertisement and have it placed in the newspaper. The consequences of this letter creates hilarious misadventures and some not for all.My Thoughts:Olivia symbolizes a forerunner of our modern society women. Without women like her with her courage we would not be where we are today. I enjoy very much these kinds of stories. Women have struggled hard to be heard throughout the world. Much of the equality women have today is from their predecessors’ struggle to make a better world for themselves and consequently a better world for women today. It is fortunate that women today can still make a difference and give our grandchildren a better life. Now to what I thought about the story.There is so much humor in this story: Olivia reacting to information in the same manner that we find John reacting, down to the same language, John’s internal struggle with maintaining proper deportment, and secrets that the children have along with Olivia and her sisters.Prescott, known as Scottie and Lucy his best friend move the story forward by their actions. Not only are they believable but adorable at the same time. I see Lucy as a terror when she grows up and who knows? Maybe Cara Elliot will include them as she writes the continuation of the series. What comes to mind is the adage, out of the mouth of babes. The story is extremely entertaining and will catch you laughing out loud even though the story deals with a serious underlying topic. I already have my eye on book 2, coming out February 4.

  • Diana
    2018-10-28 05:46

    Four Stars!original review on ramblingsfromthischick.blogspot.comand booknerdloleotodo.blogspot.comOlivia Sloan and her sisters are an interesting group. They are all different (in an unconventional type of way) and with no dowry. I thought that Olivia and Anna were very advanced for their time period. Olivia writes political commentary under an alias and Ana is a novelist, also under an alias. I loved that Ms. Elliot wrote about such radically different women. Olivia, to me, seemed awkward, which makes sense since that is part of her personality. She speaks her mind and likes to shock people. She is nicknamed “the Hellion of High Street”. I thought she used this as a weapon to keep people, or society, at an arms distance. For example, when she is dancing with John she complains about having to follow dictated to steps, instead of being able to dance naked. She definitely doesn’t abide by the conventional rules of society. Because Olivia’s father was a believer in including his daughters in his own interests all his daughters didn’t follow the traditional upbringing of English ladies. I really enjoyed that the daughters had their own unique interests and personalities. These are not your typical English ladies waiting for a chance to be courted, or asked to dance. Olivia sits in the shadows on purpose to write down her thoughts in a notebook she carries around with her. John, Earl of Wrexham is, a “perfect hero”. He is retired from the military, a widower and looking for a wife and stepmother to his son, Prescott. I loved Prescott, I thought for a little boy he had a lot of great scenes and I loved his relationship with Lucy. I wondered if Ms. Elliott was planting the seeds for a future story with these two young characters. At the beginning of the story, I found John to be boring. I sympathized with his efforts to become a better husband and father. I assumed that his possible fiancée, Lady Serena or as his son calls her- Lady Steele Corset- was supposed to be an example of what his perfect wife would be like. John began to grow on me when he asked Olivia to help him champion new ideas to the Parliament. I really liked their companionship in working together to introduce new ideas, such as a pension, to English society. Although I didn’t find that they had incredible chemistry I did think that they made a good match. As John often mentions, he faced tougher situations in the army then having to deal with Olivia. Ms. Elliott provided very unique characters! Not one of these characters felt duplicated. Even John’s sister, Cecilia was different and interesting. Where the main hero and heroine might have seem a little flat at times the cast of supporting characters were excellent and provided a lot of entertainment. I personally think Anna and Devlin Greville, the Marquess of Davenport, stole the show. I loved every scene they were in and thought they had excellent chemistry. I also found Anna to be very smart, clever and charming. She masterminded many of Olivia’s adventures, from the mysterious letter to Prescott (John’s son) to the eventual rescue. I also thought they had great banter and great chemistry. I can’t wait to read “Sinfully Yours (The Hellions of High Street#2). I anticipate that Ms. Elliott will give both Anna and Devlin a great chemistry filled adventure. I loved the way that they got under each other’s skin and they were perfectly matched. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this story because it was a great mix of adventure, history, romance and even a little bit of feminism. Scandalously Yours (Hellions of High Street, #1)

  • Aliaa El-Nashar
    2018-10-21 01:58

    I requested this book mainly because it had been a while since I read a good historical regency book. Although I have become rather wary of the genre in particular - or at least in embarking on new journeys with new authors in it - I still don't let that stop me, and bravely seek out new authors in the genre. I am very glad I found Cara Elliot to be honest. Even ignoring the pretty kickass cover, the intriguing synopsis and interesting title, the story in itself as well as the writing were most certainly worth it.The story is about Olivia, who has resigned herself to being a spinster, a scholarly spinster, because her bluestocking ways have been terrifying suitors for years. Even her mother counted her as a lost cause. Until she meets the war hero John, who's on the search of a wife. Now John doesn't want a simpering debutante or a giggling and bland woman for wife, yet he most certainly doesn't want the outrageously outspoken and very inappropriate Olivia as a wife either. Even if she does intrigue him in a very strange kind of way. Besides, John has a great prospect lined up in Lady Serena, who his son has dubbed the Steel Corset, the very composed and befitting wife, well bred and more than capable of being his countess. Now Prescott is not about to stand by and let his father commit such a horrible folly by marrying the dreadful Steel Corset, so he and his best friend Lucy decide to take matters in their own hands by placing an ad in the paper for an appropriate Step Mother. John is too busy furthering his political career to notice his son's schemes, and surprisingly Olivia might not be the worst person to talk to about his political affiliations.This book was wonderfully crafted, very well written, with a great amount of humor and adorable interludes. Scholarly kind of adorable. It was so fun watching Olivia and John interact, as they baffle and confuse one another. It was much more hilarious seeing Prescott in action as he did everything he could to avoid the Steel Corset from marrying his father. The story was told in third person, but mostly from different perspectives.Olivia's sisters were very playful and mischievous, I found their interactions and family relationships endearing as they kept each other's secrets away from their mother and supported each other with whatever they needed help or support in, with the added flavor of siblings bantering. Olivia's father was a rather interesting character, even though he was dead before this story took place, his influence in her life was very vivid. I definitely admired him, and I loved this about him, because it appealed to the feminist in me:"Men, he had lectured, held an unfair advantage by keeping women ignorant of the world. So he was determined that his girls learned about life."I also love that John understood and supported that. He wasn't a misogynist or demanding and domineering - which was a surprise coming from a commanding officer like himself.Other quotes I loved:"As for what most of society thinks of me, I suppose that like a hedgehog, I use a prickly exterior to deflect closer scrutiny.""Because isn't an answer, it's a shield."I gave this book 3.5/5 stars and I cannot for the life of me wait for the next installments in this series, both Anna and Caro's stories ( Olivia's sisters). Anna's in particular will be very hooking for me I'm sure. I'm also hoping to read more books by Cara as soon as I can!

  • Annette
    2018-10-22 01:50

    Olivia and John are not very similar people on the surface. But, their personal outlooks on life is very similar. “I want to do what I want to do.”Olivia is the eldest of 3 daughters in a not very wealthy family. Each of the daughters are bright and each of them are interested in writing. Olivia writes a published political column under an assumed name. Her sister Anna writes published sensual novels under an assumed name. The youngest daughter Carolina writes poetry which thus far is unpublished. Olivia considers it acceptable to be rude to people she considers less intelligent than she. She also feels alright with treating possible suitors in a less than courteous manner because they are not as bright as she. It does not seem to occur to her brilliant mind that her behavior is not going to put her sisters in a good light. John is a war hero who is considered the “Perfect Hero”. He was a leader of men in the field of battle. But, he does not relate well to his 10 year old son. He does not even listen to what Prescott has to say about missing his mother since her death.John has decided what he wants in a wife is woman who is reserved and able to behave in a proper manner. John is a brilliant tactician and he plans to become a power in Parliament. Neither one of these people made we warm up to them in the first part of the book. Both of them seemed to have shut themselves off from people who cared for them. And I am not a fan of people who run roughshod over others.Scottie has a brilliant idea. He will write a letter to the newspaper in order to find a perfect wife for his father. That is to avoid a marriage between his father and “The Steel Corset. The Steel Corset is a woman who seems to be someone his father admires. And she does not admire Scottie at all.As the story progressed, I learned to like John because he came to realize he needed to open his mind to new ideas. He was willing to think “outside the box.”Olivia on the other hand never seemed to get to that point. No matter what happened and no matter who might be hurt, she was determined to continue on her path. Eventually the two of them came together to work toward the common good. And they even learned to listen to one another.This book is a very well written book. The plot is entertaining and the twists and turns kept me interested. The characters are well developed. Olivia would never come up on a list of my favorite heroines, but John could be a perfect hero for many women. He learns to express his devotion and he is willing to try to become an even better man.The secondary characters are wonderful. Scottie and his friend Lucy are absolutely terrific. Both of them behave like children with wonderful imaginations. Olivia's sisters and John' sister all add a great deal of texture to the story.This is a good romance with some mystery and adventure.I received this book from the publisher in the hope I would write a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

  • Shauni
    2018-11-17 03:55

    Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and FantasyLooking forward to some swoonworthy moments, cast adrift in some fun in the ton? Then check out Cara Elliott's Scandalously Yours.. Book one of her brand spanking new series, The Hellions of High Street. Olivia Sloan has absolutely no desire to go about in society. She's ok looking, has limited dowry and worst of all, she has a brain! Instead of speaking of the weather and ribbons and bows. Olivia wants to make her mark, help form social reform. Do something, make a difference. Not an easy goal when one is a woman in Regency England.. So Olivia chooses to make her voice heard, albeit incognito, everything is fine until the oh-so proper Earl of Wrexham, starts snooping around.John, Earl of Wrexham is perfect. A perfect soldier, a perfect father (so he thinks), A perfect brother, a perfect Lord in the House.. in fact he is perfectly boring. But being as perfect as he is it should be easy to find the perfect wife. Only no one seems to catch his attention. Settling on a local lady Lady Serena (otherwise referred to as Lady Steele Corset)but something isn't right. His son can't stand Lady Steele Corset and even John is having his doubts. While he flounders on the issue of finding a new wife, he is secure in his desire to make a difference in Parliament. He is sure he can do something to help the soldiers returning from war. With his military background he knows what they have gone through and he strongly believes that something should be done to make their lives easier. When he finds a similar mind in the Beacon, a columnist in the paper. John does everything he can to unearth the Beacon so he can have as strong as an argument as possible. Only when he finds out just who the beacon is.. well life just starts to get interesting. Secure in finding a voice for England's returning soldiers.. John is unaware of what is going on with some of the other lords.. seems they don't quite agree with him and will do anything, foul means or fair to silence John. Life is one turmoil after another and yet the crazier it gets the more John discovers that life is to be lived. Olivia on the other hand.. she has been living life to the best of her ability for quite some time now.. Now she needs to learn how to curtail her actions for the sake of others. Not to change who she is but to set an example.. to lead the charge of change not to fight until she is lost in the crown.. a rabble rouser. Together, these two compliment each other perfectly.. The old saying opposite attracts works brilliantly here.. But it also points out that sometimes we make think we are opposites but we have more in common than we think. Another hit for Cara Elliott!!Shauni This review is based on the ARC of Scandalously Yours, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on January 7, 2014

  • Amy Alvis
    2018-10-23 02:16

    Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blogThis is book one in the Hellions of High Street series.Olivia Sloane is know as the Hellion of High Street. She doesn't have a problem speaking her mind, which doesn't sit well with the rest of the ton. She would much rather sit at home and write her column than go to the nightly balls.John, the Earl of Wrexham, has recently resigned his commission and can't stand spending time with all the frivolous people in the ton. He would rather spend his time working on his speech for the House of Lords. He also doesn't need to attend the ton parties to find a wife (which his sister would like him to do) because he has found a perfectly acceptable woman back at home to court. Unfortunately, John's son, Prescott (Scottie) doesn't seem to get along with her.John and Olivia meet one night in a secluded room, where each of them has gone to get away from the mindless drivel of the ton. They are both instantly intrigued by the other and soon learn that they have much in common.Both having an interest in the returning soldiers, they decide to work together on John's speech. Unfortunately, the other lords want John on their side of the argument and threaten retribution if he doesn't side with them. One of them kidnaps John's son, which leads John and Olivia on a different kind of adventure. I absolutely LOVED this story! Olivia is not your conventional regency woman. She is not afraid to show that she has more than dress patterns in her head. I loved that she was not afraid to be herself even when it didn't make her very popular with the rest of the ton. The interactions between Olivia and John were priceless! The banter between them was very entertaining. It was also nice to see a couple become friends because of mutual interests instead of just acting upon a physical attraction (although there was still plenty of that!)One of the best parts of the novel was the interactions between the Sloane sisters. None of them are your typical "miss". There were so many times that I was laughing out loud while reading this, which is always a plus in my book!John's son, Scottie, was also a hoot! Between writing an ad for the paper looking for a mother and then his attempt to go to London, you never knew what he would be up to next.The next book in the series is about Anna Sloane and "Devil" Davenport. We meet both of them in this novel and I can't wait to read their story. You could definitely see the attraction between the two of them and hints of secrets that Davenport is hiding. It is scheduled to be published in Feb. 2014.Thanks go to NetGalley and Forever (Grand Publishing) for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

  • Cee (The Mistress Case)
    2018-10-29 05:11

    **ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**You won’t find a damsel in distress here.You also won’t find a perfect hero.It’s easy to see why Olivia Sloan and John, Earl of Wrexham, possess similar minds: they’re dedicated to family, they take no joy in prancing around at London balls, they don’t put their self-interests above what is right, and they share a mutual passion.They didn’t hit it off well, but I saw the spark between them. In other words: I had a “spark” with this book.Their first meeting was quite— impressive.And sensual.“Swords.” Truly, humorousTheir second meeting— amusing.I’ve always loved a gal who can embarrass and shock a full grown man.Their third— quite beautiful.I didn’t want it to end. Until now, I never would’ve thought discussing the creation of a chess set could be so interesting, powerful, and poetic. The topic was full of soul.At first, John’s life seemed perfectly boring. He was merely another military man, father, and widower to me. Like Olivia, I thought he was too gentlemanly, too civilized, too conservative, too sophisticated, too— plain.But he began to grow on me a little. He had heart and passion, passion that Olivia valued. He respected her passionate and outspoken individuality as well and didn’t see Olivia as stupid and inferior to him just because she was a woman. Even when he found out she was “The Beacon,” he didn’t discriminate nor was he really that shocked because he already held her in good esteem while the rest of society saw her as a hellion. I’ll even go as far as saying he looked up to her. As stubborn and radical as Olivia was, she wasn’t stupid and naïve. She was truly a heroine. Caring, intelligent, kind, and kicking ass when asses needed to be kicked.Olivia and John were better together than apart. They weren’t poisonous and stupid when they were with each other, and that I appreciate.The only problem I have with the couple though is I couldn’t see the love between them and the chemistry began to wear off the further I read. I understood their attraction and affections toward each other, but the love that bound them wasn’t so strong and alive for me.Other than that, I really liked the sense of humor in this book, including the wicked humor. I refer to Anna’s demonstration of what happens to a man’s body when he’s aroused. I won’t go into further details though. Haha.Also: Lucy and Prescott were such sweethearts <3 Sneaky little friends. I very much enjoyed the other side-characters, including Olivia’s sisters Anna and Caroline. The three of them were vastly different, and yet, happened to effortlessly get along as loving, affectionate, and teasing sisters should. There was no petty rivalry and jealousy.