Review: ALMOST A SCANDAL by Elizabeth Essex

About the book:

Bold, brazen, and beautiful, the Reckless Brides refuse to play by society’s rules of courtship. But—come hell or high water—they  always get their man…

 For generations, the Kents have served proudly with the British Royal Navy. So when her younger brother refuses to report for duty, Sally Kent slips into a uniform and takes his place—at least until he comes to his senses. Boldly climbing aboard the Audacious, Sally is as able-bodied as any sailor there. But one man is making her feel tantalizingly aware of the full-bodied woman beneath her navy blues…

Dedicated to his ship, sworn to his duty—and distractingly gorgeous—Lieutenant David Colyear sees through Sally’s charade, and he’s furious. But he must admit she’s the best midshipman on board—and a woman who tempts him like no other. With his own secrets to hide and his career at stake, Col agrees to keep her on. But can the passion they hide survive the perils of a battle at sea? Soon, their love and devotion will be put to the test…

ALMOST A SCANDAL features headstrong characters and a lot of sexual tension. I really liked both Col and Sally. They are interesting characters and both very strong. I couldn’t believe, however, that no one noticed that Sally was female. She was pretending to be her brother, but she lived in very close quarters with a ship full of men and only Col figured out that she wasn’t Richard. The writing is where I had the most problem. There is a series of repetitive sentences within the same section of the book and an abundance of “sailor speech”. Each time there was a sentence repeated or a series of words that looked like gibberish I was taken out of the story. I don’t think that this author’s writing style is for me and probably won’t read the other books in the series.

the book girl gives ALMOST A SCANDAL a 3/5

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