Title: Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart
Author: Sarah MacLean
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 26, 2011
List Price: $7.99
Blurb: Juliana Fiori sets not only London on its ear, but also Simon Pearson, the legendary Duke of Disdain.
Why I chose this title: I’d read the previous two books in the trilogy and was interested in seeing how she would wrap up the story of Juliana and Simon.
Review: MacLean is cementing her reputation as an up and coming historical romance author with this novel. This was the strongest entry into the trilogy. The character of Simon had to have some serious growth shown in order to be worthy of being a hero for Juliana. He was a right bastard at the end of the previous book, Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord. In this novel, he’s dealing with the potential fallout of what was revealed in Ten. To avoid the scandal that’s about to unleash, or at least minimize it, he contracts a marriage with a young lady of the most pristine reputation. He can’t stay away from Juliana, however. Juliana is dealing with her own demons. She continuously must deal with the disapprobation of Society’s ladies, and matters aren’t helped when her and her brothers’ mother return and casts doubt on her legitimacy. MacLean does not shy away from the emotional impact of all these various issues, and they, along with the attraction between Simon and Juliana, really drive the story to a climactic finish. Recommended to fans of Julia Quinn, and Lisa Kleypas. Recommended for libraries with a strong romance collection.
Final thought: This ends the trilogy on a high point.