Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Dell
Released on June 3, 2003
Lady Freyja Bedwyn has been a larger than life presence since the prequel to this series and as a secondary character for each of her two brothers’ romances. Now, for her turn, I was eager to see who would be her match. And, oh, was he a doozy. Somewhat spoiled and arrogant, not just any noble hero would do. This was one of the two Bedwyn stories that I have wanted since I encountered them and it was as colorful and exciting as I could have predicted.
Slightly Scandalous is book three in the Bedwyn Saga and follows two related Bedwyn prequels. I would definitely recommend the books in order, though, in a pinch, one could do all right out of order. But, I’m going to also recommend that this one works even better if the prequel, A Summer to Remember, is read before this one because it is the backstory for this one and explains a lot about why the heroine is the way she is.
So, yes, fiery and feisty Freyja is brave and outspoken- to a point. She plays it off well, but she was hurt when her former fiance’ set out to jilt her and get his revenge for her accepting his elder brother. Now, he’s happily married and expecting a child. She does not want to be in the neighborhood for those rejoicings so has escaped to Bath. Along the way, she has an encounter with a rogue and the dust up does her good. In Bath, all is staid and boring until she encounters the rogue once again and learns he’s the new Marquess of Hallmere. Freyja gets things wrong and confronts him to his amusement then she lets the charmer talk her into a plan that will aid them both avoid their problems- if she can just resist falling in love.
Joshua Moore was content with his life until his uncle passed and he is now propelled into his lofty position, wealth, and estates. Joshua is the target of schemes to land a titled lord and his wealth and also the target of his aunt who is not desirous of giving way to the young man she treated poorly and fears her comeuppance has arrived. From the first encounter, the tempestuous Freyja has captured his interest and her temper distracts him from his own troubles. She agrees to help him stay free of entanglements even entanglements with him.
I might have set myself up on this one. I have been enchanted with Freyja since my first encounter. I felt badly for her in A Summer to Remember, but she held her head high when the man she thought she loved wants another and she’s been a rock when two of her older brothers and their brides needed help. She’s loyal and true to her family when they need her.
But, I don’t think I had a good grasp of her full personality. She bowled me over in this book and not in a good way half the time. She’s got a bad temper for one thing and likes to punch which is a no-no for me. She also goes off half-cocked and her snobbishness shows up now and then.
Fortunately, that is not all there is to her. Like many a Balogh character, she’s not all this or all that, but layered and takes a bit to get to know as her story unfolds. Oh, and the biggest redeeming factor? Freyja cracked me up so much when she rushed in where angels fear to tread and got herself into a few pickles.
This is also true of her hero, Joshua. I was none too keen on him for a time, either. He drifts about, living in the moment, going with what feels good. He’s harmless for the most part. I needed to see him get serious and take an interest in something and someone outside himself which he did. He eventually won me over. They both did.
This pair seemed to have too much going on personally to convince me they were good together, but then it happened. I saw where they worked out just fine and made a fine pair. It helped that they had a common cause in dealing with Joshua’s horrid aunt. I mean, I get an older woman fearful of her future and wanting to hold onto what she could, but this harridan went beyond that and was quite the villain in her schemes. It was fun to see Freyja use her strength and character to fight this woman and others on Joshua’s behalf, and then, when the big moment came, there were all those Bedwyn siblings pulling together and supporting Joshua for Freyja’s sake. More and more, I love what each book in this series reveals about the aloof and powerful Wulfric, the oldest of the Bedwyn siblings.
So, another engaging story and fun surprising way that it changed my mind and made me enjoy the romance I got. I do love this series with its foundation in family. Looking forward to more Bedwyn romance and can easily recommend these historicals to those who don’t mind an older series and characters up to some fun antics as they find their happily ever afters.
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