20 May, 2016

An Invitation to Scandal by Kelly Boyce

The Sins & Scandals Series Book 1

Pages -  373 pages
Device Usage -  Unlimited
Publication Date -  November 18, 2013
Sold by -  Amazon Digital Services LLC
Series -  Sins & Scandals (Book 1)
Genre -  Regency Romance
Language -  n/a
Sexual Content -  3/5
Stand-Alone -  Yes


Nicholas Sheridan, Viscount Roxton, is as wicked as they come, but when his sinful actions result in the death of one of his peers, guilt forces him to change his scandalous ways and seek redemption through marriage to a proper lady.
Miss Abigail Laytham is a lady on a mission, determined to see the man responsible for her beloved uncle’s death pay. But revenge has its price, and with scandal courting her every step, can the headstrong beauty find the satisfaction she craves, or will she find something else entirely at the hands of her former beau, Viscount Roxton. 


Loved it.

This was a delight to read and get lost in even for a little while.

Well-developed characters, interesting plot, and well thought out build-up to a relieving HEA.

The author also remained relatively true to the time period, though there were a few instances that said otherwise, but it was hardly enough to give this one a lower rating.

And despite what some of the low Amazon reviews said, I felt that both leads had strong character, valid purpose, and behaved accordingly throughout the story.

Abigail is an unfortunate soul who lost her father ten years ago and had to move with her mother and older brother into their uncle's home. Their aunt is a cold, unaffectionate woman but their cousin Caelie is sweet and pretty while the uncle is the complete opposite of his wife.

When the story unfolds, Abigail's uncle has been dead for eight months, and the scandal resulting in his having committed suicide in a public house still reigns down on her and her family.

She believes the cause of her uncle's decision and the resulting snub by the ton has everything to do with her former beau, Viscount Roxton.

Nicholas believes it, too, and as a result has firmly resolved to change his evil ways, so he begins to court one of the uppity-est, most mannerly of ladies with the intention of marriage at some point.

The two continue to bump into one another, their misconceptions about the past and what really happened to break them apart start to make themselves more clear, and then fate steps in to make their lives even more difficult.

Recommended to anyone who likes a feel-good read with plenty of action and suspense set in the Regency period with a dashing, faulty Hero and a stubborn, prideful heroine who slowly comes to realize the error of her ways.

I read the snippet for Book 2 afterward and am very interested to read and discover Caelie's story, even if I am still unable to figure out how to pronounce her name -  (I chose Shaylee and am sticking to it).


It did seem as if I read the same lines and the same thoughts/emotions again and again, but it was the author's decision to repeat words and phrases one on top of the other that irked me more.

Not from the work itself, but examples would be: She liked him, he liked her, and they liked each other well enough.  ~It was clear to Abigail that Mr. Tarrington clearly didn't believe in love.  and  ~The dark, dismal sky matched her dark, dismal mood.

Also, when it came to description, the same words and phrases were used to describe a person, a thing, or a place. She was pretty, he was handsome, she was lovely, he was charming . . . never varying for the sake of  give us something with a bit more thought, please.

Also, for a majority of the story, H was referred to as Blackthorne, and then about a third of the way through, he was suddenly Sheridan.


This is book one in a six-part series, and while they are stand-alone, it might be a good idea to read them in order so that you will know and understand the up-coming leads and their respective backgrounds, though I'm sure the author will take the time to re-introduce us one by one.

While there are those who spend their time in modest pursuits, upholding propriety befitting the lords and ladies of the ton, it would seem that for others scandal is just a sin away… 


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