Posted by: Jennifer | October 25, 2007

Sin and Scandal in England – Melody Thomas

Thomas, Melody, Sin and Scandal in England. (New York: Avon, 2007). ISBN – 9780061129605.

Main Characters: Bethany Anne Munro and Ian Rockwell

Description from book:

Succumbing to sin . . .

Bethany Munro was once madly in love with the dashing Ian Rockwell. Then Ian left on a mission for the Crown, and Bethany was forced to put her heart aside . . . until one glittering night when she spies him across a crowded ballroom, and the feelings she once felt come rushing back. But she had her secrets . . .

. . .and so does he. Sir Ian Rockwell has led a dangerous life and is now a suspect in a crime he did not commit. He never imagined the naive girl he knew so long ago could be the beauty standing before him now, or that she would be the one who could help him prove his innocence. But in a world of glamour and intrigue, where nothing is as it seems, their perilous game of seduction soon turns into a night of sin, a night where they both discover the only thing more dangerous than passion is falling in love.

My Thoughts:

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Bethany. She is a bit different from many female heroines in historical romance novels – at least to me. She is extremely independent – and while she isn’t alone in the world, she is in charge of her own life. She works as an assistant at a ladies’ academy. She is a suffragist who had at one point in her life been arrested. In this book, she journeys to the home of her best friend’s father, Lord Whitley, with somewhat nefarious intent. A teacher from the academy had fallen in love with Lord Whitley’s man of affairs, Sir John. She went to Whitley’s home with Sir John and never returned. Bethany was convinced that Sir John had murdered the poor woman. She plans to find evidence to prove her theory.

While at Lord Whitley’s, Bethany comes face to face with Sir Ian Rockwell. Once upon a time, Sir Ian Rockwell had acted as a bodyguard to a 17 year old Bethany. Bethany fell in love. Sir Ian worked for the Crown – and was married (although Bethany did not know this). He, of course, left after Bethany declared her feelings. Ian’s presence complicates matters – not only because Bethany still has feelings for him, but also because he is there on some mission of his own.

Bethany and Ian have to learn to trust each other as things turn dangerous. Then, of course, Ian’s treasonous wife turns up. As the danger escalates, Ian’s boss, Lord Ware, becomes determined to recruit Bethany. Ian is quite conflicted given his very strong feelings for Bethany – feelings he would probably rather not have. Ian is not easy to get along with nor to love. However, as the two work together, they can’t deny their feelings for each other.

I will say that I had a hard time getting into the book. Bethany irritated me a bit at the beginning of the book – I think because of her strength. However, she grew on me, and I came to appreciate her bold character. I loved some of the scenes between Bethany and Ian – especially where Ian continually asks her why she keeps coming to see him. He definitely tries to resist getting involved physically with her, but she continually tries to battle past his defenses. Of course, he can’t resist in the end. I did find the anarchists plot a bit confusing and difficult to follow at times. I wasn’t sure what to make of Ian’s wife – and still am not sure about how I feel about the resolution of that problem. Still, this was a wonderful read!

Read first on October 24, 2007



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