She lives for passion Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss She refuses to play by society s rules she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London s most practiced gossipsand precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him He swears by reputation Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well ordered world The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening risking everything he holds dear he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety She has other plans, however she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion


10 thoughts on “Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart

  1. Blacky *Romance Addict* Blacky *Romance Addict* says:

    Beautiful Absolutely loved it This book has it all Two wonderful main characters, a great story, witty dialogue, sensual and hot love scenes, swoony and break my heart emotional moments and a beautiful happy ending A great story Running away from a drunken idiot trying to maul her, Juliana tries to hide in a carriage But she is soon discovered, not by the drunken idiot, but by the Duke of Leighton, aka The Duke of Disdain He thinks she s there to trap him in marriage, and that only lessens Beautiful Absolutely loved it This book has it all Two wonderful main characters, a great story, witty dialogue, sensual and hot love scenes, swoony and break my heart emotional moments and a beautiful happy ending A great story Running away from a drunken idiot trying to maul her, Juliana tries to hide in a carriage But she is soon discovered, not by the drunken idiot, but by the Duke of Leighton, aka The Duke of Disdain He thinks she s there to trap him in marriage, and that only lessens his opinion of her Soon after, Simon finds himself promising Ralston to look after Juliana, in hope he might prevent her from starting anyscandals That, of course, doesn t work Juliana issues a challenge, 2 weeks in which she can show Simon that passion isimportant than reputation Who will win Two wonderful main charactersJuliana is fiery and temperamental, she always says what s on her mind, and doesn t follow etiquete that much Being the daughter of a woman who abandoned her and her brothers, thus making the scandal of all scandals, Juliana fears that she may be like her mother because she too although unwillingly causes heaps of scandal Simon isthan ever forced to protect his reputation, now that his sister is about to give birth and cause the scandal of the year He can t afford anything to blemish his status in society, and that s why he must marry someone with impeccable reputation Someone that ISN T Juliana If he could only convince himself of it He s drawn to her and her passion, and although he wants to prove that life isn t all about having fun, he finds he likes it, especially if it involves Julianna s kisses Witty dialogueI just love SM s writing And this was just wonderful to read, their banter and fights That s why I know I ll read everything this author publishes in the future No matter the story, I know I ll enjoy the writing Sensual and hot love scenesThe chemistry between them was great even though there weren t that many love scenes they were still very hot and sparks were flying all over in this book Swoony and break my heart emotional momentsBest swoony scene was when Simon saves Juliana from the lake just lovely break my heart emotional, oh there were a few of those, but the one that most stuck to my mind was the one when view spoiler Juliana s mother returns hide spoiler and she s in the stables all heartbroken and sad, and Simon comforts her A beautiful happy endingIt was perhaps a bit too sweet for my taste but it was wonderful, loved the fact that it was Simon who did the big view spoiler scandal, going after her in the ballroom hide spoiler at the end of the book, and it broke my heart when she left but then it was all hearts and flowers of course, a book like this has to have a HEA So my conclusion is a big fat 5 star rating


  2. Shawna Shawna says:

    5 stars Historical Regency RomanceEleven Ways to Adore the Book That Made Me Want MoreEleven Ways to Admire a Heroine With Such FireEleven Ways to Croon Over the Duke Who Made Me SwoonEleven Ways to Rave Over a Heroine Most BraveEleven Ways to Gush About My Latest CrushEleven Ways to Be Naughty to Tempt a Duke Who s HaughtyOkaythere s no way I can come up with eleven of those, but you get the jest.There just aren t enough words or ways to convey how much I loved this book I had very high 5 stars Historical Regency RomanceEleven Ways to Adore the Book That Made Me Want MoreEleven Ways to Admire a Heroine With Such FireEleven Ways to Croon Over the Duke Who Made Me SwoonEleven Ways to Rave Over a Heroine Most BraveEleven Ways to Gush About My Latest CrushEleven Ways to Be Naughty to Tempt a Duke Who s HaughtyOkaythere s no way I can come up with eleven of those, but you get the jest.There just aren t enough words or ways to convey how much I loved this book I had very high expectations, and I m thrilled to say that it left a big happy satisfied smile on my face I love opposites attract stories and the romance between passionate, feisty, spitfire Juliana and the haughty, proper, disdainful Duke of Leighton was pure combustible magic Juliana Fiori is a fiery Italian miss who longs to break free of the stifling rules and cutting gossip of the ton and the unfeeling, stuffy, arrogant Duke of Leighton represents everything she loathes about English society and propriety Scandalous Juliana is bold, brash, reckless, expressive, outspoken, and deeply passionateeverything that the Duke of Leighton wants desperately to avoid With a family legacy to uphold and shocking secrets to protect, Leighton values his prestigious title, sterling reputation, and impeccable position in society above all else So his intense attraction to Juliana is unbearable and unwanted Leighton s scorn makes Juliana seethe with frustration and hurt, and she s determined to prove to him that passion ispowerful than the Duke s status and rules of decorum Juliana is the perfect match that ignites the banked fire inside Simon, and their volatile connection threatens to shatter the Duke of Disdain s staunchly guarded control It s a wonderful, engaging, emotional, utterly enjoyable, and unforgettable romance with witty dialogue, hot sexual tension, the perfect combination of drama and humor, a lovable, brave yet vulnerable heroine, and a sexy hero whose aloof, haughty veneer masks a passionate man I loved it just as much, if notthan, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake It s a definite keeper worthy of very big 5 stars I really hope this isn t the last book of the series because Benedick and Georgiana need their own stories and HEAs.Juliana Italian actress Monica Bellucci Simon Model Gabriel Aubry


  3. Auntee Auntee says:

    This book was very, very, good, but I must admit the hero, Simon Pearson the Duke of Leighton at times drove me absolutely crazy All that worrying about his family s reputationhis positionfinding the perfect wifeavoiding any hint of scandalarrgh God, was he frustrating At times I wanted to throttle him the way he continually hurt Juliana, and JulianaI don t know why she didn t give up on him ButI m glad she didn t It took over 350 pages for Simon to finally get a clue, b This book was very, very, good, but I must admit the hero, Simon Pearson the Duke of Leighton at times drove me absolutely crazy All that worrying about his family s reputationhis positionfinding the perfect wifeavoiding any hint of scandalarrgh God, was he frustrating At times I wanted to throttle him the way he continually hurt Juliana, and JulianaI don t know why she didn t give up on him ButI m glad she didn t It took over 350 pages for Simon to finally get a clue, but when he did, all my frustrations just melted away, and I adored him as much as Juliana did Simon Duke of Leighton No plot summary here the book blurb does a good job of explaining what this one is all about This one was hard to put down even though I had my issues with the Duke of Disdain and I enjoyed every page of it Sarah MacLean is a wonderful storyteller and made me fall in love with her characters once again the enchanting, beautiful, passionate, spirited Juliana Fiori half sister to the St John brothers from Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord , and the handsome, imperious, stubborn Duke of Leighton Juliana Lots of playful banter, lots of predicaments that Juliana gets herself into the girl was a bit clumsy , a touch of humor, and plenty of heat and some tearful moments in this one I enjoyed seeing Leighton fall helplessly under Juliana s spell, but I had to wonder what took him so long My favorite part, when Leighton finally gets it I have spent my entire life preparing for a cold, unfeeling, unimpassioned life a life filled with pleasantries and simplicity And then you came into ityouthe opposite of all that You are beautiful and brilliant and bold and so very passionate about life and love and those things that you believe in And you taught me that everything I believe, everything I thought I wanted, everything I spent my life espousing all of itit is wrong I want your version of lifevivid and emotional and messy and wonderful and filled with happiness But I cannot have it without you If you ve read and enjoyed the previous two books in this series, you ll definitely want to read this one Juliana is a wonderfully sympathetic character who teaches Leighton the meaning of passion, and most importantly, love At the beginning of the book, be prepared to dislike him my first thoughts about him were what a pompous ass But give him a chance he s got a terrible upbringing to overcome, so he doesn t know much about love and by the end of the book you be rooting for him to say and do the right thing that will win Juliana Thoroughly enjoyable read for me 4 1 2 stars


  4. Anne Anne says:

    2.5 stars Warning Some spoilers may not be tagged I was hoping for a fun bodice ripper, and this one had so many glowing reviews that I thought it would be a good choice.Unfortunately, I didn t like the Simon or Juliana.In my opinion, the title could easily have beenThe Ass and the Idiot .And really, if you don t like the characters what are you left with However.I finished this in one day, so the problems I had with the book had nothing to do with readability Trashy Romance novels are a g 2.5 stars Warning Some spoilers may not be tagged I was hoping for a fun bodice ripper, and this one had so many glowing reviews that I thought it would be a good choice.Unfortunately, I didn t like the Simon or Juliana.In my opinion, the title could easily have beenThe Ass and the Idiot .And really, if you don t like the characters what are you left with However.I finished this in one day, so the problems I had with the book had nothing to do with readability Trashy Romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I tend to overlook a lot of stuff that would normally get on my nerves Which means I don t deduct points for the theatrical love scenes or the campy dialogue I mean, are there really guys out there who hiss through their clenched teeth when they re aroused Sure, I ve heard my husband hiss, but it was because one of the kids accidentally clocked him in the nuts with a toy If he had hissed at me while we were dating, I don t think we d be married right now to be quite honest with you.Like the majority of every romance novel, the hero and heroine have to overcome a multitude of obstacles in order to find their Happily Ever After In this case, the obstacle is the hero s snobbery.Ok I like the stories with the rigid hero and the carefree heroine Usually, it s fun to watch them argue and clash.Not so much in this case.Simon thinks Juliana is below him, and Juliana wants to teach him a lesson So far, so good If she had teased and tortured him, this would have been a fun little story But that s not what happened Basically, she has the hots for him, so she somehow gets him to agree to this weirdo bet that made no sense He has given her two weeks to prove to him that you can t live a life without passion.Da fuck Keep in mind that he s a super frigid Duke, who s all about duty, duty, duty Why would he agree to this bet to start withsniff, sniff Something smells sketchyAgain, I m pretty lenient when it comes to the plot in romance novels, but you ve gotta at least try to give me something quasi reasonable.Anyway this bet, that he tries several times to get out of, consists of nothingthan Juliana stalking Simon, and making herself look desperate Dare I say, cheap, as well Look, I m not slut shaming, but she runs around throwing herself on a guy who repeatedly refuses to acknowledge that she s in any way worth his respect or affections.Which brings us to his fiancee Did I forget to mention that he got engaged during this bet Well, so did he.Although, to be fair to the guy, he told Juliana that he was planning to ask the girl to marry him before she issued her ridiculous challenge And yetAt one point in the book, after a kiss that she initiated, he loses control and with her permission ravishes her in the stables view spoiler And by ravished, I mean he licked her boobies hide spoiler They get interrupted by her brother, and she finds out that he has already gotten engaged Oh How can this be I thought he was different Are You Serious.During the last 10% or so of the book, she managed to slightly redeem herself a bit She finally realized that she didn t want his crumbs, and left him in the dust view spoiler Although, she didn t realize this until she snuck into to his room, got naked, and begged him to give her just one night with him hork Sorry Threw up a little right there hide spoiler Of course, by then, he realized he couldn t live without her passion, and proceeds to fall all over himself to win her back.A toastto the Happy Couple Overall, I just wasn t impressed


  5. Laura Laura says:

    I received this wonderful book as an ARC from Netgalley.comI adored this book I fell in love with Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and in Eleven Scandals, the young woman she becomes does not disappoint.When we first met Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, we met an impetuous unsure young lady who wasn t sure she wanted a place in society Juliana was fantastic, and passionate, and so desperate to prove she didn t care what the ton thought of her But too I received this wonderful book as an ARC from Netgalley.comI adored this book I fell in love with Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, and in Eleven Scandals, the young woman she becomes does not disappoint.When we first met Juliana in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, we met an impetuous unsure young lady who wasn t sure she wanted a place in society Juliana was fantastic, and passionate, and so desperate to prove she didn t care what the ton thought of her But too bad she kind of did care Simon, Duke of Disdain, wanted nothing to do with Juliana and her scandalous behavior Everywhere Juliana went, scandal seemed to followand Simon kept getting caught in the aftermath Poor duke with a pristine reputation, felt he could ill afford to be associated with such a common girl, sister of a marquess or not I loved when Juliana called him an ass in Italian, but then repeated it for him in English The banter between the two was always engaging and well done Oh And we got to find out what it was Simon said to Juliana at the ball in Nine Rules that had her finally deciding on staying in England to prove how wrong everyone was about her I want this to be spoiler free, so I can t go into much detail, but I think the point when Simon finally realized that Juliana did not purposely create scandals just to irritate him really made me fall for him And the scene leading up to that epiphany Oh man, I was soo furious for the St John family and for especially for Juliana Bravo for Simon checking up on Juliana after all that I think that is really where I began to want less of a putting Simon in his place, andof a true romance between them Speaking of romance, oh the romance in this book The magic that is Juliana and Simon had me frantically flipping pages to see how they would overcome their obstacles And the way that they did was so sweet, and wonderful and I wanted to be Juliana so I could feel that way The Guy Fawkes day bonfire was so romantic andsad Yep, I said sad I think that was where both Juliana and Simon realized they were not going to have their happy ending But the way Simon came back to Juliana was so wonderful, and it broke my heart to see how the ball ended But their story amazes and enthralls and wraps the reader up and holds you until the end At that point I was so sad that the story was over I wish I could forget this book just so I could have the wonder and amazement of reading it for the first time again Sarah MacLean brings the magic.Sarah MacLean has created such a fabulous and vivid cast with her Love by Numbers series and I know I will re read this book many times In fact, netgalley only lends the ARC out for 60 days, and I ve read it twice, even though I have my own deadlines and other responsibilities


  6. Baba Baba says:

    FULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDYou are beautiful and brilliant and bold and so very passionate about life and love and those things that you believe in And you taught me that everything I believed, everything I thought I wanted, everything I had spent my life espousing all of it it is wrong I want your version of life vivid and emotional and messy and wonderful and filled with happiness But I cannot have it without you I love you, Juliana5 scandalously shiny stars Scandalously ente FULL REVIEW NOW POSTEDYou are beautiful and brilliant and bold and so very passionate about life and love and those things that you believe in And you taught me that everything I believed, everything I thought I wanted, everything I had spent my life espousing all of it it is wrong I want your version of life vivid and emotional and messy and wonderful and filled with happiness But I cannot have it without you I love you, Juliana5 scandalously shiny stars Scandalously entertaining Gloriously good. Miss Juliana Fiori is in some serious trouble After leaving her sister in law s autumn ball in favor of the poorly lit gardens of Ralston House, she is unintentionally running into a fat, disgusting and drunken man She barely escapes and is hiding in a carriage Well, our heroine is in for a bad surprise It s the Duke of Leighton s carriage He believes that Juliana wants to trap him in marriage The Duke of Disdain is enraged and is convinced that in a battle of reputation with Juliana, he would most certainly win Ah, yes, Simon is such a prime example of an aristocratic British snob at least, that s what Juliana is thinking Juliana is such an outspoken person cough The man was infuriating It is amazing, indeed, because I m sure the seal on the outside of your carriage rivals your conceit in size I assure you, Your Grace she spit the honorific as if it were an epithet if I were after a husband, I would look for one who hadto recommend him than a fancy title and a false sense of importance Juliana lives for passion, and she is convinced that Simon could do with a heavy dose of passion in all areas of his life Simon has a title, a family, a secret, and a reputation to protect, though, and he thinks that he is far above such common desires And then Juliana is challenging himLet me show you that not even a frigid duke can live without heat Simon agrees and is giving Juliana two weeks to play her game of passion.Wow, Ms MacLean can do no wrong Every single book I ve read so far was a winner And Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke s Heart was mesmerizingly good too Compelling characters, witty dialogue, an interesting plot, and some seriously hot and sensual smexy times make this book so delightfully intriguing If you haven t read her books, then do yourself a favor and give this author a try She brings her stories and characters right into a reader s heart.It happens not all the time but the time was definitely right for another story featuring a very memorable heroine Juliana is bold, brash, feisty, wild, utterly adorable, and oh so full of passion She is truly magnificent and shines throughout the whole story And Simon well, our hero is such a conceited and pompous asshat I really disliked him My oh my, these two gave one another a piece of their minds Simon, you are in for some serious trouble Ultimately, Juliana brought the Duke of Disdain to his knees Irrevocably Oh, I loved the way he fell for Juliana And he fell very hard grins Juliana, the very beautiful heroine, thoroughly ruined Simon s reputation This story was a pleasure to read from the very beginning and Simon and Juliana s HEA was a pure joy to witness Please, Ms MacLean, I wantmuchWhat I dislikedI totally devoured this book, however, I have a minor complaint Simon was kinda exhausting I get it that he had to worry about his family, especially his view spoiler pregnant sister hide spoiler , and his position Yes, he had to avoid any scandal But My oh my, was this frustrating from time to time Even though he was hurting Juliana, she never gave up Having said that, I m so glad because it was worth the wait When Simon finally finally got a clue how much he needed this woman and how much he loved her, everything was just fine sighI am here On my knees But not in the name of passion, he took her hands in both of his and brought them to his lips, kissing her, worshipping her I am here in the name of love


  7. willaful willaful says:

    Simon, the Duke of Leighton is described as being enormous, but he s not going on my hero is a mountain shelf He doesn t deserve it.The third in the Love By Numbers series is the one I most wanted to read I was intrigued by the starchy Duke who had become interested in the beautiful Italian Juliana and then rejected her when he discovered her sketchy background By the way, although the characters were introduced in the earlier books, I think one this would stand alone just fine I lo Simon, the Duke of Leighton is described as being enormous, but he s not going on my hero is a mountain shelf He doesn t deserve it.The third in the Love By Numbers series is the one I most wanted to read I was intrigued by the starchy Duke who had become interested in the beautiful Italian Juliana and then rejected her when he discovered her sketchy background By the way, although the characters were introduced in the earlier books, I think one this would stand alone just fine I looked forward to seeing him brought to his knees.Unfortunately, it seems like for most of the book, Juliana is the one brought to her knees She was always the one giving and always the one being rejected Simon s dishonorable behavior he gets engaged under false pretenses, and still keep trifling with Juliana is harder to forgive because the balance of power between them feels so off.I liked that the book is realistic about Juliana s difficult position despite being the half sister of a Marquess and the sister in law of a duke, there is only so much acceptance the ton will give her There s also a good supporting cast of secondary characters I didn t much care for the frothy writing style, which had a lot of filler and overuses sentence fragments Overall it was a fairly enjoyable read, but not quite as angsty and delicious as I d hoped


  8. Jilly Jilly says:

    Cute and fun, like the rest of the series But, it really took me a long time to like the guy in the book He was a smug jerk face douche in the last book, and spent most of this one the same This guy thinks he is way too good for our girl He s a duke, after all, and she s just the half sister of an earl And, she s Italian prone to emotions A scandal waiting to happen He might consider her for a mistress, but she is nowhere good enough to marry.The baby is right He totally deserved that Cute and fun, like the rest of the series But, it really took me a long time to like the guy in the book He was a smug jerk face douche in the last book, and spent most of this one the same This guy thinks he is way too good for our girl He s a duke, after all, and she s just the half sister of an earl And, she s Italian prone to emotions A scandal waiting to happen He might consider her for a mistress, but she is nowhere good enough to marry.The baby is right He totally deserved that.Simon, also known as the Dick of Disdain Oh, I mean the Duke of Disdain, is on the very top of the food chain in aristocracy He is untouchable in his reputation and plans on marrying only the very best pedigreed of women He looks down on pretty much everyone else, because there is nobody who is as good as him.Inspiration for the name When he first met Juliana, he was attracted to her and intrigued He hoped that she was some foreign princess that he could court and he was all charm and smiles But, then he finds out that she is the half sister of an aristocratic family that already has quite a few stains on their reputation He immediately drops her like she s a day old, gluten free, vegan doughnut shudder And, he engages himself to a boring, safe, aristocratic girl who doesn t like him at all but is willing to do her duty and lay back and think of England Of course, he still is attracted to Juliana, and she is to him Plus, they keep running into each other as she goes from one faux pas to the next She s kind of a walking disaster area, but it s fun and exciting two words that have never entered his life before.Here s the thing, though Both of them treat his engagement to this other girl as if it is nothing They keep meeting up and making out while he s engagedThat pissed me off.English gardens are so majestic.In the end, Simon did redeem himself, so it all works out But still Could have done without the cheating


  9. Dija Dija says:

    His eyes narrowed on the marquess, a man he barely tolerated on a good day This was not turning out to be a good day I m not marrying the girl There s no way I m marrying him she cried at the same moment Well At least they agreed on something.Wait She didn t want to marry him She could do a damned sight worse He was a duke, for God s sake And she was a walking scandal.Every once in a while, a historical romance comes along that makes all those other cliched and unabsorbing HRs, if not His eyes narrowed on the marquess, a man he barely tolerated on a good day This was not turning out to be a good day I m not marrying the girl There s no way I m marrying him she cried at the same moment Well At least they agreed on something.Wait She didn t want to marry him She could do a damned sight worse He was a duke, for God s sake And she was a walking scandal.Every once in a while, a historical romance comes along that makes all those other cliched and unabsorbing HRs, if not entirely worth the read then definitely tolerable, because they eventually led me to this historical, which restored my faith in the genre and erased the boring HRs from memory Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke s Heart is one such book.I ve always been a fan of love stories featuring a cold hearted hero and a passionate heroine or vice versa because these couples tend to complete each other so well The romance between Simon and Juliana is one of the most engaging of the lot Simon was absolutely imperial in all his ducal glory and Juliana was an admirable hotheaded Italian I love how Juliana always got under Simon s skin and how these two argued endlessly The banter between the two is my favorite part of the book Juliana was the perfect match for the otherwise unflappable Simon and I loved watching these two go head to head.One thing I didn t appreciate the only reason for the 0.5 stars is how Simon kept leading Juliana on and kissing her while fully admitting he had no intention of marrying her It seemed highly hypocritical coming from the Duke of Disdain and I would have liked him to display a bitcare than that because this,than anything else, showed that he really didn t respect Juliana as he would have any other lady of the ton.Other than that, I loved this story and it s definitely my favorite of the series All the characters are very well developed and their relationships with each other are natural and effortless I also enjoyed catching glimpses of how life has gone on for the previous two couples, Gabriel and Callie, Nick and Isabel I hope this isn t good bye for real and we get to seeof Simon and Juliana in his sister s book 4.5 5 starsForreviews, visit my blog


  10. Catherine Catherine says:

    3.5 StarsI was really uncertain about whether or not I would like this book The first book in the series was a big hit for me, but the second book was a letdown I loved the tension between Simon and Juliana in the first book, but in the second Simon crossed over from being cold and arrogant which is not necessarily a bad thing into an outright ass His behavior of a certain family member severely dropped his appeal in my eyes I was hesitant to start this, but the first chapter sucked me in 3.5 StarsI was really uncertain about whether or not I would like this book The first book in the series was a big hit for me, but the second book was a letdown I loved the tension between Simon and Juliana in the first book, but in the second Simon crossed over from being cold and arrogant which is not necessarily a bad thing into an outright ass His behavior of a certain family member severely dropped his appeal in my eyes I was hesitant to start this, but the first chapter sucked me in right away, so my hopes started to rise I was really into the book in the first half Juliana and Simon sparred back and forth and the tension was high Simon s coldness didn t bother me as much as it might have bothered others I liked watching him struggle with what he desired and what he was raised to believe was right It was fun to see him get swept into situations he would have preferred to avoid, all because he couldn t resist Juliana or Juliana s challenge I loved getting a deeper look at Juliana Her situation was pretty tragic No matter what she did or how well she behaved, she couldn t help but stand apart from the rest of the ton She had my sympathy from the start That said, she didn t try very hard to behave I know that it s hard to want to curry favor with the very people who sneer at you, but putting yourself into scandalous situations again and again, and then being upset that people think you re scandalous, is pretty stupid Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching the fallout after the situations combusted, but my sympathy about the ton misjudging her started to wane I knew going into this book that Simon would need a lot of growth to get beyond his upbringing I felt very bad for how it must have been growing up in that family, but that doesn t change the fact that he could be a huge jerk But I was expecting to see that What I wasn t expecting was to see so much growth needed in Juliana as well In the last couple books it was very apparent that she was untutored in the ways of the ton She seemed full of life and a tad wild, but she never seemed as immature as she did in this one Simon was absolutely right when he said that she was like a child, never looking beyond the moment Although I enjoyed the beginning of the book and found it very quotable , I felt that it began to peter out in the second half The banter stopped and it felt like we were spinning in circles Horrible as it is to say, boring circles Also, once Simon stopped being cold and caring he became so sweet and emotive that it was ridiculous Every time he called her Siren I had a hard time resisting the urge to roll my eyes And don t get me wrong, I like a good public demonstration of feelings as much as the next girl, but that combined with the rest of his totally uncharacteristic behavior made me wince for him The book got so sugary that I practically got a tooth ache just reading it I don t usually have a problem going with the flow when I m enjoying a book, but as my interest begins to dim I have a hard time not noticing things that make no sense One of the biggest things in this book was how utterly absurd I found it that Simon was so worried about the scandal crippling his family name He was a duke They weren t a dime a dozen, and they outranked pretty much all other nobles You could be reprehensible and society as a whole would still curry favor with you Because you were a duke, for Christ s sake So how exactly would that situation ruin the family name instead of just giving it a couple dents Although I only really loved one book in this trilogy, I still plan to pick up this author s next work I enjoy her style of writing and if I can find another gem like the first book then it ll be worth it.Favorite Quotes Why must you constantly test me I do care, you know I do care what you think Then why Because you expect me to fail You expect me to do wrong To be reckless To ruin myself Why not work to prove me wrong But don t you see I am proving you wrong If I choose recklessness, where is the failure If I choose it for myself, you cannot force it upon me For a sneak peek, check out my Tempting Teaser on Fiction Vixen