Review by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer
Trapped in a marriage with a cruel husband, Lady Julia Yardley decides to free herself. Her only escape is to be caught in an adulterous affair. Carefully, she sets her plan in motion. She seduces Aidan Carr, the Duke of Trathen, and as secretly pre-arranged, her husband arrives to catch the two lovers in the throes of passion. The divorce is inevitable, but the shockwaves caused by the scandal ripple through society when she readily admits the affair in court. Free at last, Julia sets out to return to society. Although Aidan does his best to avoid her, he continues to find himself under her allure. Slowly, amid oodles of sexual tension, their hearts open to each other, despite the pain they carry from their pasts.
Scandal of the Year is a sequel to Wedding of the Season. Although I did not read the first book, I was able to follow the second instalment seamlessly. In the Victorian era, the setting this novel is set in, the affair of the hero and heroine would definitely had caused much scandal. I found this aspect accurately portrayed in the novel.
For a well written, well paced, romance novel, this is a wonderful book – a great escape any evening of the week. Highly recommended to romance readers who love the Victorian era.