Book Review - Whisper of Scandal

Whisper of Scandal  by Nicola Cornick is the first book in her new trilogy Scandalous Women of the Ton Trilogy and it lives up to her usual fabulous writing style as a historical romance.

From the Publisher:

Lady Joanna Ware has no desire to wed again but that doesn't stop the flurry of suitors knocking on her door. Desperate to thwart another proposal, Joanna brazenly kisses Arctic explorer Alex, Lord Grant. Unable to deny the blazing attraction that flares, Joanna knows she's just set the gossip mill turning.

After suffering countless infidelities during her marriage, she's accustomed to scandal. But nothing prepares her for the shocking news that her deceased husband has bequeathed his illegitimate child to her and his friend Alex. As rumors run rampant in the ton, Joanna and Alex travel to the Arctic to claim the orphan. Battling blizzards, dangerous wildlife and a treacherous plot, Alex must protect Joanna, but not before he wickedly seduces her….

My review:  I am a big fan of Nicola Cornick and her previous works of historical romance - they are usually suspenseful and honest, with believable characters and excellent characterization.  Whisper of Scandal (Scandalous Women of the Ton Trilogy) is no different.

The story unfolds as the two protagonists fight each other and the stereotypes and misinformation that both were given.  The author blends modern sensibilities with those of the period to create thought provoking juxtapositions and leaves the reader rooting for the main characters.

This was a great, quick, light read for me after tackling some more serious and complex books over the past few weeks.  I was looking for something that would make me laugh and give me a great weekend diversion and this book delivered.  If you're looking for a great, light romance with some historical twists and turns, than I recommend Whisper of Scandal (Scandalous Women of the Ton Trilogy)

Disclaimer; I received an online ARC for the purposes of reviewing this book. All opinions are my own.