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Em: Such a bad blogger

I haven't posted in a while. I'm really really sorry for the neglect. I've been writing (which even that I haven't been able to do much of) and going through some emotional stuff. I’ve wanted to post, I have. But I didn’t have the energy to do so. For that I’m sorry. I have a ton of reviews and stuff coming in the future. I'm trying to get some interviews lined up for you and such. I just hit a low that was hard to dig my way out of. I'm still not out of it but I'm trying very hard to function regardless.

So I will leave you with simply a review for today and then on Monday and Tuesday I will have more for you guys. ^_^



Prelude To A Scandal
by Delilah Marvelle

Publisher and Publication date:  HQN (Jan 2011)
Pages:  384
Where to Purchase:  B&N / Borders / Amazon / Book Depository / Chapters
Genre:  Historical Romance
Setting:  London

 


Two things should be addressed immediately. One, Net Galley is amazing for having this for me to read early. Two, I think Delilah Marvelle is too good and her ideas are too big to be contained by HQN.

Having read Delilah's earlier work, I already knew I should expect a healthy dose of humor, sexual tension, and hot encounters. Her characters earn their encounters, pour their hearts out, and fill all the spaces with quips, barbs, and snark. I love how she takes two seemingly incompatible people and shows how they're perfect for each other without using cliche's or making it feel forced.

In this case she took two people living on the edge of society, but opposite edges. Justine was raised mostly in Africa while her dad made observations on the mating habits of wild animals (He was a scientist, not just some perv) and must learn how to be a member of 1820's London society by reading an etiquette book. Radcliffe is a Duke with skeletons in his closet and secrets down his pants (yeah I said pants instead of sleeves for a reason). She is niave yet quick witted and daring. He is a bleeding heart trying to appear heartless. And when you stick the two of them together as Delilah has you can't help but laugh and be in awe.

Prelude to a Scandal shows how tormenting addiction can be while showing how heartwarming having support is. I devoured it as quickly as I could and the second one can't come soon enough. Even if you're not a fan of romance, I think this book should be read by anyone who's ever battled an addiction. Justine might be able to get through to you too.

Favorite Quote:  "When I was much younger, and incapable of truly understanding, my father told me that when a man overindulges in any one thing, it means he is trying to compensate for something that is missing in his life."
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What books have you read lately that you absolutely adored? Have you read anything by Delilah Marvelle?

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(Anonymous)
Dec. 30th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Books by Delilla Marvelle
Loved her earlier series Mistress and Lord of Pleasure. I can't wait to get a hold of this series. It appears to be another triumph for a wonderful author.
silver_elena
Dec. 31st, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yes I have read something by the lovely Ms. Marvelle ^_^ and that would be the book you lent me Mistress of Pleasure ^_^ loved it and can't wait to read this. I unfortunately had no time to read it on net galley and will wait for it to be published so that I can take it everywhere with me.
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