Aug 2, 2012

Book Review: Almost A Scandal

For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…

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Reading a historical romance is quite the change of pace from the paranormals that I normally read.  Now don't get me wrong.  I do very much enjoy this genre, I just don't pick up books from it as much as the others.  And after reading ALMOST A SCANDAL I really have to ask myself why that is.

Richard...err Sally...Kent is definitely a unique women even by today's standards.  She is physically able to keep up with the men up in the lines of a sailing ship and do such a good job that almost all of the 200 plus men on the ship wasn't aware that she wasn't one of them.  It makes me really appreciate the fact that we don't have to hide our sex any longer as long as we can do the job.

ALMOST A SCANDAL actually started out rather slow and it took awhile for me to be able to get into the story.  But once it picked up it sure picked up.  In fact it turned into one of those books that I really didn't want to put aside for such silly things as sleep.  The reader is drawn so strongly into the story that you can smell the smoke from the cannons and the tension of the battle.

I know that I will be keeping an eye out for future books by Ms. Essex and I do recommend this book to readers of historical romance who enjoy unconventional heroines.

I rate this book a 4.1.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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