Published by Harlequin on September 18, 2018
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How would she find a husband?Part of Sisters of Scandal: After her mother's latest outrageous affair, innocent Prudence Lattimar has fled to Bath. With her dubious background, she must marry a man of impeccable reputation. A clergyman with a title and a considerable income would be perfect. She must steer clear of Lieutenant Johnnie Trethwell--his family is as notorious as hers, no matter how funny, charming and unfailingly honorable he is!Sisters of Scandal duet Book 1 -- A Most Unsuitable Match Look out for the second story, coming soon!"Justiss provides her fans with heart-stealing characters" -- RT Book Reviews on Secret Lessons with the Rake "
Secret Lessons with the Rake
is a deeply romantic and satisfying end to these tales of Hadley's Hellions and it's a book I'm happy to recommend" -- RT Book Reviews on Secret Lessons with the Rake
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
When two men fight a duel over their mother, twin sisters Temperance and Prudence Lattimar know that all hope is lost for a Season, again, for the Scandal Sisters. Temperance is uninterested in finding a husband, but Prudence is an idealist and a romantic: she wants a husband and children, and it’s in this frame of mind that she departs for Bath with her Aunt Gussie. Away from the gossip, Pru might have the ghost of a chance of finding a clergyman in need of her considerable dowry, and with whom she could retire to the country, away from the gossip. The first man she meets is the dashing adventurer Lieutenant John Trethwell, fresh off India and recuperating from an injury. Everyone knows Johnnie is a rake in search of a wealthy bride; precisely the sort of man Pru must avoid. Yet, they soon form a comfortable friendship while he helps her pursue her quest for her ideal husband.
It took only the prologue to convince me that A MOST UNSUITABLE MATCH would be enchanting! I got the feel of the Lattimar family in a nutshell, I embraced both Pru and Temperance, and the writing nearly gave me the vapours within a few pages! Julia Justiss confirms her incomparable talent as a wordsmith in spectacular fashion: her prose has never been so luminous and precise; the dialogues are works of art, and her descriptions of Bath and India are so vivid, I saw everything she described. Pru is so very brave that she goes as far as to suppress her true nature in public so that her reputation remains as pristine as possible; she has no margin for errors of any kind. Johnnie is an absolute charmer who knows what he wants and how to get it, and he does the same for Pru. When Pru and Johnnie are together, their chemistry is such that I could almost see the glow surrounding them. They make each other happy, they know they cannot be together, and they are able to live with that for a while and grow immensely.
A MOST UNSUITABLE MATCH shows clearly how gossip affects people, and the wretched double-standard society inflicts on women, and that made me appreciate even more Ms. Justiss’ view on Pru’s “scandalous” mother. The secondary characters are exceptionally well drawn: they frame the main characters and add depth and emotion to the overall story. Pru’s Aunt Gussie is absolutely marvellous, and I hope she will be part of Temperance’s story. I could have done with fewer reminders of Pru’s virginity and Johnnie’s roguishness, but I think both characters’ enthralling backstories made up for it. On a more superficial note, if you are going to judge a book by its cover, do so by any means for A MOST UNSUITABLE MATCH: this is what Pru and Johnnie look like, and the splendour of the picture does justice to the tone of the book, the splendid romance, and the glorious writing.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.