Jordan, Sophie. The Scandal of it All. New York: Avon Books, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-06-246362-3. Print List Price: $7.99.
Many historical romances require some suspension of disbelief, due to the pairing of virgin heroines experienced men, with most heroines being under 30, and the heroes often being at least a few years older than them. But Sophie Jordan’s latest is charming in that in features a widowed heroine, Graciela, who is 35 (almost 36) at the beginning of the novel, and is six years her junior. And in doing so, Jordan is allowed to tackle topics that not many historicals do, such as fertility struggles.
I’ve always been a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope, and this is a great variation of that. While in other stories, I might question whether the characters have anything beyond passion that bind them together, the shared history between the two, with Colin being Graciela’s stepson’s best friend, works.
Having read the first book, While the Duke was Sleeping, I was already familiar with many of the characters, and only grew to love them more, including Enid and Clara, who I hope will have their own books sometime soon. One character I was not prepared to want to see more of the Duke himself (in part due to the fact that this ducal infestation of historical romance is incredibly tiresome, and also in part that some of his actions in this book made him come off as a bit off a jerk), but by the time I reached the end, I definitely wanted to know what would happen with him.