Title: In Search of Scandal
Genre: Historical Romance/ Victorian
Author: Susanne Lord
Publisher: Sourcebook Casablanca, Dec. 1, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher.
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
A DARING EXPLORER All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret-until Will meets Charlotte Baker.
IS NO MATCH FOR AN ADVENTUROUS HEART Vivacious Charlotte Baker also has a mission-to find a man whose bold spirit matches her own. When she meets Will Repton, she immediately recognizes him as her soul mate, and she’s naively willing to turn her back on the rules of propriety to ensnare him. Will is torn between his fascination with Charlotte and his vow to finish his quest. He knows what it is to risk life and limb-but what if his most perilous adventure doesn’t lie across an ocean, but within his own lost heart?
This novel is so well realized that you will be sure Will and Charlotte are actual people and not characters in some romance novel. Ms. Lord develops the characters to the point of total reality. I’m not sure I liked Will, he was rather obtuse when it came to romantic notions. Charlotte recognized him immediately as her “dream man” and never faltered in her pursuit or ardor. This was a long book, 416 pages, but every one of them was important in the telling of this story. There is an evil villain, and he does try to destroy the union of Will and Charlotte. I truly enjoyed this well written, sensuous story of a guilt ridden explorer and the woman whose mission was to save him.