Tite: That Scandalous Evening
(Governess Brides #1)
Author: Christina Dodd
Length: 360 pages
Publisher: Avon Books
Rating: 2 Stars
New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd spins the captivating tale of a nobleman whose path crosses again with the one woman he absolutely cannot resist . . . .
A Disastrous Season
A simple statue began the scandal.
A Lady Concealed
An innocent English miss conceived of it, her hands gliding across the clay, delineating each smoothly defined muscle and sinew, creating a sculpture of the man she worshipped. When the likeness was exposed, along with Miss Jane Higgenbothem's secret tendre for Lord Blackburn, the ton's gleeful contempt sent the lady back to the country in disgrace.
A Gentleman Revealed
Now, a decade later, she's back in London, as a chaperone to her beautiful niece. But to Blackburn, Jane's unwitting model, the cool, reticent spinster is still a challenge. She once made the arrogant rake a laughingstock; so why is he tempted to revive an affair that almost began so long ago, on that scandalous evening . . . ? -Goodreads
While it is true that the English ton can, and have come up with more reasons for shaming and ostracizing poor hapless maidens than almost any other social group in history. The reasoning for what takes place in Christina Dodd's That Scandalous Evening, has to be the most ridiculous yet.
It appears that a very young and very infatuated Jane Higginbotham takes it upon herself to sculpt a very life like statue of her crush. One Lord Blackburn.
So life like in fact, that Blackburn is believed to have posed for it.
Except that is, for one small detail. Ahem!
Blackburn, it appears is scandalized beyond measure by her less than accurate depiction of his manhood. So, he says nothing and does even less; when poor Jane is left to rot on the social vine.
Ten years have passed, and Jane has become a companion to her niece Adorna. Who, the epitome of grace and beauty, is set to take The Season by storm.
War hardened and suffering from a war related injury to the eye. The last person that he ever expects to see across a crowded ballroom is Jane.
This is a story that could have been so much more. But as is often the case with first novels. It never feels as though the author knows exactly where this book's destination is.
The most glaring reason for this lack of direction?
The flimsy nature of the story's central plot.
To ruin someone's life over a sculpture?
Making matters worse, (As if there really could be a worse in this situation.) is the fact that Blackburn has feelings for the lady that he has wronged.
And so begins the cat and mouse of balls, seasons, and social propriety that is Regency Romance.
Things were spiced up for a bit by an intrigue based subplot, but for the most part, readers are stuck with pages upon pages of Blackburn, Jane, and Adorna.
This is a book that you put down and pick up several times,
praying for a betterment of story that never comes.
This is the first volume of the Governess Brides series. This series may be read as a collection, or on a volume by volume basis.