Scandal – Reviews. Oh my gosh.

Reviews of Scandal are starting to show up and I want to share parts of two of them here. There are links to the full reviews if you’re interested.

Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books

…there’s a richness and a poignancy that elevates the entire book to a whole other level of "good."

It’s impossible to sum up this book in mere tropes. It’s a story of two people who had to grow up to appreciate each other, and it’s a story of survival and strength, trust and renewal. The characters are older than the standard hero and heroine you encounter in romance. It’s difficult to read at times, and bleak in others, but throughout, both in the past and the present of the story, Jewel weaves a furious sexual tension between Banallt and Sophie that reaches and maintains scorching levels.

Banallt, on the other hand, is more than he seems, while also being less than he seems. In the past, he’s a creature with an empty life of drinking, humping and lather, rinse, repeat. Sophie introduces him to the idea that he may have something more to offer, and that he is worth more than the life he’s choosing to live. It’s not at all a typical, "I see her! Due to her nobility and artless grace, I see my life is meaningless, and without her I am nothing! Commence pining!" type of moment. Banallt is too stone cold cool for that nonsense. Banallt recognizes his own potential and discovers his own worth as slowly as he is revealed to the reader. His discovery is not at all due solely to Sophie; Banallt starts to wake up on his own. That said, he resists behaving honorably as long as he can, and he’s ambiguous in a way I’m definitely not used to seeing in a romance hero. He’s a character that walks that line between nobleman and nobility, and doesn’t eagerly embrace the latter.

This book took my breath away.

Read the full SBTB review

Romance Novel TV – Grade: 5 +++++++ stars

WOW. Simply, wow. That is the only word I can use to describe this masterpiece. It has been such a long time since I have read such a rich, emotional and tension filled romance. Not only did Scandal have me hooked from the very first page, but this is the first book, in a very long time, where I had to read straight through into the wee hours of the night because I couldn’t put it down. When an author can write such a book, that book is destined for greatness. I wouldn’t be surprised if Scandal becomes one of the favorites of 2009, and perhaps placed on most reader’s lists for all time favorite historical.

Both Banallt and Sophie are very complex characters who have such intense feelings for one another. What I loved most about Banallt, is the way he sees Sophie. She is known as not being a great beauty, rather petite and very plain looking, but because Banallt has such intense feelings for her, he thinks she is the most gorgeous woman he has ever known. There were times I expected him to fall on his knees before Sophie and kiss her feet because he adores her so. The one thing that makes Banallt so different from other rogues is the deep respect he has for Sophie. Not only does he cherish her body, but also her mind. Their conversations and discussions are when he first fell in love with her. Sophie also respects Banallt and truly does care for him, but she can’t get passed her own bias towards men who are unfaithful, she places Banallt in that category, because he too was married, and cheated on his own deceased wife.

Usually I tend to look down upon a hero that has so many lovers they’re tripping over one another. But the way Carolyn has written Banallt, and they way he treats Sophie and his feelings for her, I couldn’t help but feel for him, especially when it came to claiming Sophie. And when Sophie allows him to, you may just break down in tears.

Scandal is a must read book that should not be passed by. Carolyn Jewel has written a mature and emotional romance that has everything from passion, love and most importantly respect. The respect that a man and woman can have for one another.
— Kate Garrabrant

Read the Full RNTV Review

Needless to say, I hope, I am thrilled and really glad to know that my vision of the period and of my hero and heroine worked so well for theses two reviewers. Really.

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2 Responses to “Scandal – Reviews. Oh my gosh.”

  1. Sandra Schwab says:

    Wohoooooo!!!!! Big congrats for all the great reviews!!!!

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thanks, Sandy!