THE PERFECT SCANDAL written by Delilah Marvelle
Book #3 in the Scandal Series
03/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Can we really give our unconditional love to another regardless of who they are?
Tristan Adam Hargrove, the fourth Marquis of Moreland wanted a respectable wife desperately. He was looking for companionship, love perhaps but also someone to accept him despite the scars he carried inside himself and upon his body. He never wanted a scandal or to even be near any sort of gossip, which is why he wrote the book on proper behavior for pity sake. So imagine Tristan’s surprise when he is ready to do anything to win the woman of his dreams who just moved into the townhouse next door and is a scandal waiting to happen at any minute. Zosia is stunningly beautiful, full of life and so sure of herself despite her physical handicap and being a Catholic in banished to a country foreign to her. She speaks her mind and acts upon her desires and setting her sights upon Tristan makes him feel like a conquering hero.
Zosia wants everything that Tristan desires in a marriage but includes a minor codicil which is to continue her fight for the freedom of her homeland of Poland. She sees in Tristan the makings of a husband who is passionate, very personable and politically connected even though he may have a bit too many rules for her liking. But the secrets about Zosia are not ones she is keeping but ones others are keeping from her and they are life altering. It appears she has royal blood flowing through her veins but not of the country she supports but the one she is fighting against, Russia. Tristan knows troubled when he sees it and with Zosia fighting so many battles is there time in her life for him and his need for some semblance of order?
Tristan is trying to save Zosia and the adventure they take together spans the globe and devise the nay sayers to try and stop their love and ability to conquer all.
Delilah Marvelle always gives her romance a touch of intrigue which is why I love her books. She takes events that have historically happened and places two people right in the middle of the action and the reader sees how things were in a different time and place. Tristan and Zosia are both people with a past but together they are able to soothe away the scars left by the bad memories to create a relationship that has new memories with a happy ending.