30 May 2015

The Beautiful One - Review

The Beautiful One - The Scandalous Sisters #1
by Emily Greenwood

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What they say: “A SIZZLING ROMANCE THAT TOUCHES THE HEART.” —Sally MacKenzie, USA Today bestselling author

The ton is buzzing about The Beautiful One, a striking figure in a scandalous book of nude sketches. Only two men know the true identity of The Beautiful One, and they are scouring the countryside, determined to find her.

The unlikely center of the scandal, Anna Black is forced to flee home as disaster looms. Her tomboy’s heart and impertinent tongue serve her well when she meets the most brooding viscount ever to darken a drawing room. Will Halifax, Viscount Grandville, has his reasons for pushing people away, and when his tempestuous teenaged ward arrives on his doorstep, he presses Anna to take on her care. As Anna begins to melt the Viscount’s frozen heart, she knows the more she loves, the more she has to lose. For although Will cares nothing for what makes Society titter, he has yet to see The Beautiful One.

Releasing 1st June by Sourcebooks Casablanca - ISBN: 9781492613657


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I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: If you're looking for a fun historical story then you'll most likely enjoy Emily Greenwood's The Beautiful One. The story focuses on Anna Black and Will Halifax (Viscount Grandville). They are two people who are trying to hide. Anna is fleeing from potential scandal and Will is hiding from society, whilst not dealing with his grief after a tragic loss.

Anna is the unwilling subject of a series of naughty drawings, facing potential ruin if her name is revealed. She finds herself working as the guardian for Will's young ward, Elizabeth. She sets herself the task of getting them to bond with each other.

I really liked Anna who had a fairly modern attitude for a young woman of her time and circumstance. I found Will's brooding manner quite entertaining and he never failed to make me smile. I liked them together and wanted Anna to figure out where her HEA was.

There were a couple of incidents that seemed a little convenient at times, but in terms of historical fiction I would happily let them slide. It would have been nice to have seen a little longer ending because I really wanted to know what happened next.

The secondary characters including Lizzie, Will's brother and stepmother were fun additions to the book. I'm hoping Lizzie gets her own book.

3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!


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