In His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes, a masquerade ball is the perfect place to find a soulmate…at least it is for Lady Mary.
Lady Mary has already decided that she doesn’t want to lose her independence by getting married when her parents leave her with her aunt for that very reason–to find a husband. However, when she sees a beautiful painting and decides to base her dress for a ball off of that painting, she doesn’t expect the repercussions. Her dazzling appearance has men flocking to her side in hopes of winning her hand in marriage; one of which she feels a spark with.
Richard Heartly didn’t even want to go to the masquerade ball, but when he sees a beautiful woman in a simple, yet stunning gown, and feels an instant spark as they dance, he is happy he did. However, with revenge against someone from his past being his primary focus, he questions whether or not he should pursue her.
With both Mary and Richard holding dark secrets, will they be able to move past them and start a future together? Or will their pasts (and present) tear them apart?
Although the synopsis for this book is intriguing, it doesn’t do it justice. There was much more to it than I could’ve ever expected.
This novel switches between the perspectives of both Mary and Richard, giving us a look into situations from both points of view. I like both characters equally, neither of them standing out more than the other. Both of them are strong-willed, though Richard is a bit broody. Even though it bugged me a bit, I understood it as soon as his past was revealed.
The romance in this book was well-written, keeping the reader interested and wanting more, and never straying from the standards of the time period the book is set in. If you are looking for a romance book with a lot of sexual scenes, this is not that book, which is exactly why I liked it. I am more intrigued by the love story than their ‘romantic encounters.’
Finally, this book did have me shocked towards the end of it. There is a twist that I never saw coming, and it makes the book all the more interesting.
All in all, this book was really good and stuck with the time period. If you are looking for a well-developed love story, this book is for you. However, if you are looking for more of an erotic novel, this is not that!
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.