on November 14th 2017
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THE HEIR TO AN EARLDOM RETURNS…Major Gabriel Prideaux returns to England to find his claim to the earldom as tenuous as ever, his brother in a lunatic asylum, and his oldest friend guarding the streets at night as the Covent Guard. At every turn, there is another catastrophe just waiting for Gabe, but being home after many years away, his thoughts keep returning to the one girl he’s always loved, especially when he stumbles upon her in a most surprising place and in an even more surprising attire.…STILL IN LOVE WITH THE ONE LADY HE CAN NEVER HAVEMiss Sophia Hampton has always been reckless, but no more so than when she dons a pageboy outfit to sneak into her cousin’s bachelor lodgings to beg for his help with their dictatorial grandfather. However, the last person she ever expected to find upon her arrival was Gabriel Prideaux. How unfortunate that her heart still beats for him even after all these years, especially considering the way her left her and never looked back.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Scandalous Destiny is part of the Scandalous Series by Ava Stone. It can be read as a stand-alone book, but I think you would appreciate this even more if you were to read A Scandalous Ruse, before this.
Sophia Hampton has only been in love once, she even thought she would marry the man. But he broke things off with her and went away to fight in Canada. She may have been heartbroken, but she’s still a strong, feisty young woman. It’s no worry at all to her when she needs to dress as a boy to gain entry to a Men Only residence in order to speak to her cousin. She desperately needs to speak to him to beg for his help in stopping her grandfather from doing something despicable. What she doesn’t expect is to encounter none other than the man that broke her heart being in her cousin’s rooms too.
Major Gabriel Prideaux is that man. He’s had to take leave from service because his brother’s solicitor called him home as a matter of urgency. The solicitor is worried about Gabe’s brother’s safety. He is hospitalised and definitely non-compos mentis. He is also dying. Gabe needs to be at home to find a safer hospital for his brother, but also be ready to take on the Earldom once his brother passes away. He is as shocked as Sophia when they come face to face after years apart. He has never stopped loving her, but her father made it clear that he was to stay away from her and that he’d never let them marry. He also held something over Gabe, a secret that could ruin his family. So it was with a heavy heart that he had to leave England and with it, Sophia.
Sophia is determined to find out why Gabe left her, she needs to understand, whereas Gabe tries to fight all the way to not tell her. The more time they spend together the more his defences are broken down. Will he tell Sophia the truth, can they have a future together?
This was a fabulously entertaining romance that had me smiling a lot. I loved watching Sophia and Gabe sorting out the mess of their previous romance. I especially loved the huge twist in the story that I did not see coming!! A twist that very much changes a lot of people’s lives. I felt sadness about Gabe’s brother, and about the loss that Gabe would soon have to suffer. This story definitely made me run the gamut of emotions and I loved it from beginning to end.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.