Scandal of the Year
By Laura Lee Guhrke
Abandoned At The Alter – 2
Available 25 January 2011
Check out my review of Wedding of the Season, the first book in this series.
One tryst was all she wanted…
From their very first meeting, Julia knew that Aidan Carr, the oh-so-proper Duke of Trathen, had a bit of the devil in him, a devil who secretly yearned for what he could not have, a devil who harbored a desire for her. So when she needed to be caught in a compromising situation, Aidan was the answer to her prayers.
One tryst just wasn’t enough…
Aidan is supposed to be looking for a bride, yet his scandalous liaison with Julia is all he can think about. Hot, erotic memories of kissing her skin, falling into her bed, pulling her naked body on top of his own continue to torment and tempt him. What is it about this brazen seductress that he finds so hard to resist? And how can he stop himself from falling into her bed a second time?
This Blonde’s Review:
One thing I love about series books is that I usually already love the characters before their books come out. That was the case with this book as well. Aidan was the jilted groom in book one, so I didn’t love him as much since he wasn’t the man we were supposed to cheer for. But there was still something about him that made me want him to be happy. Julia was easy to love because she was so supportive of her friends in the first book.
We learn that time has passed and Julia is no longer in the horrible marriage she was trapped in during the first book. Since she knew Aidan was an honorable and trustworthy man she knew he would be the perfect man to use to force her husband to divorce her. Julia knew she would lose respect and lose her family with the ploy, but she was desperate to escape her marriage.
Aidan was a respected man and very self contained, so when he is named in Julia’s divorce he loses some of the respect people had for him. He also loses some of his respect for himself. Yet he can’t help but dream of what happened between them and wish for a repeat.
Aidan wishes to find a wife, and Julia needs employment. The perfect and complicated solution to this problem is for him to hire her as a social secretary to assist him in finding a wife. Julia is aware that marrying quickly can lead to a life of hell and knows society well enough to be an asset. The passion they share is enough to make the whole endeavor difficult and doomed to failure. As we would obviously hope.
As we get past the walls that have built Aidan into the stoic man and Julia into the wild pixie, we are able to love them more than we already did. Seeing the true Aidan and Julia makes us hope for their happiness more than we already did and we can’t help but love seeing them fall in love.
I really enjoyed this one. I am a big fan of Laura Lee Guhrke and can’t wait for her next one! If you are a fan of hers or loved the first book I encourage you to pick this one up as soon as it comes out. If you enjoy getting to know characters who are deeper than they appear and watching them learn to let someone else in, then you’ll love this one.