29 May 2018

Review - A Scandalous Deal

A Scandalous Deal - The Four Hundred #2
by Joanna Shupe

What they say: They call her Lady Unlucky…

With three dead fianc├ęs, Lady Eva Hyde has positively no luck when it comes to love. She sets sail for New York City, determined that nothing will deter her dream of becoming an architect, certainly not an unexpected passionate shipboard encounter with a mysterious stranger. But Eva’s misfortune strikes once more when she discovers the stranger who swept her off her feet is none other than her new employer.

Or is it Lady Irresistible?

Phillip Mansfield reluctantly agrees to let the fiery Lady Eva oversee his luxury hotel project while vowing to keep their relationship strictly professional. Yet Eva is more capable—and more alluring—than Phillip first thought, and he cannot keep from drawing up a plan of his own to seduce her.

When a series of onsite “accidents” makes it clear someone wants Lady Unlucky to earn her nickname, Phillip discovers he’s willing to do anything to protect her—even if it requires A SCANDALOUS DEAL.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: As a historical story A Scandalous Deal has a very modern feel. The main characters both work in forward thinking roles.

Lady Unlucky *ahem* Lady Eva is determined to escape the stigma surrounding her in England and protect her Father's business. Phillip is bowled over when he meets such an unconventional lady and is completely charmed by her. 

The chemistry between them is interesting. They are both intelligent and stubborn. Eva is used to challenging convention, but it takes a bit of persuasion to bring Phillip round to her way of thinking. So with them working together the sparks fly pretty quickly.

Joanna Shupe has invested a lot of effort into researching the period and working environments in America at the time. The strikes and male dominant jobs all ring true. I loved seeing Eva stand up for herself and other women. 

I liked the secondary characters and would like to see more of Eva's friends.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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