Highly anticipated second book in Christina McKnight’s Craven House Series!
COURTSHIP WAS NEVER SO SCANDALOUS
The grandson of an unconventional marquis and son of a notorious woman, Elijah Watson, Marquis of Ridgefeld, has spent most of his life outside of London. His atypical upbringing has left him longing for roots and a traditional family life, and he’s determined to live his life above reproach. When he meets Miss Samantha Pengarden, he believes he’s found the woman he wants to marry—except she has other far more sensual ideas for him.
Known throughout the ton as the illegitimate rebellious daughter of London’s disreputable Craven House Madame, Samantha has never had to face the world without her shy twin by her side—until now. Her sister’s marriage and the return of her blackguard father leaves her alone and adrift. When Elijah agrees to escort her to the town’s most infamous establishments, she thinks she’s finally found a man with a taste for scandal and a knowledge of matters of the flesh.
But she never counted on Elijah being so honorable. When Samantha is listed as the mistress of the Marquis of Ridgefeld in White’s betting book, her reputation is in ruins—and only Elijah can save her. Can two total opposites come together for a love certain to last a lifetime?
Interesting story, we are always looking for something else. I enjoy clean romance books and this once was.
I skimmed through most of this story. The premise was good, but the execution was distracting. I was shocked to note at the end, that this story had a historical accuracy editor. Really? The use of Miss Firstname drove me crazy. And why was Eli a Marquis and not Marquess? Eli wasn’t French. I didn’t gather he was Scottish either as him him (seat?) was in/near Liverpool. I won’t even get into the territorial question of his title. Also, why did he address those with inferior rankings as “my lord”. He should have just called Lord Cartwright “Cart/Cartwright”. He especially shouldn’t address the viscount as “my lord”. Idk. It just didn’t make sense. I will say there is some gray area on a dress, but i still don’t think he’d call those with lower rankings “my lord”. Any avid reader of historical romance could pick up on these issues. But a simple google search would at the very least correct some of them.
I know it sounds nit picky. But these issues on top of the lack of background explanation threw me off. Like how did the bastard children of a viscount make a place in society? During the 1800s, would this even be a thing? They weren’t raised by the viscount nor acknowledged by him. So why would a madame’s children be recognized by society? It was never explained. And I don’t say this to be elitist or judgy. Just based off the many stories I’ve read in this time period, this would not happen.
So with all these distractions, I’m rating down because I just couldn’t fully get into the story.
Love the hard way
I loved this book greatly it had a good lesson in it about love conquers all in learning forgiveness
I’m yourself and in others I just couldn’t put it down it was so inspiring to me and everyone else who reads it