The Scandalous Ladies of London: The Countess

Avon. (The Scandalous Ladies of London, Bk. 1). Mar. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780063270701. pap. $16.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Jordan (The Scoundrel Falls Hard) kicks off her new historical romance series, “The Scandalous Ladies of London,” in spectacularly soapy fashion with the tale of a forbidden romance between the married Lady Gertrude and Jasper Thorne, the wealthy hotelier who Tru’s husband has chosen to wed their daughter. Showcasing the ugly underbelly of the ton, Tru is in a loveless marriage with a man so horrible, he’s almost unbelievable—and her friends don’t fare much better. Tru is a sympathetic character who has a believable and heartening journey of self-discovery while also finding her happily-ever-after—and convincing herself she deserves it. The story also clearly sets up future books, with Tru’s friends left ready to embark on journeys of their own. Jordan gives readers a clever and high-drama twist on the traditional Regency romance but keeps the heart of what makes the genre so popular and beloved.
VERDICT Historical romance fans who like their romance with a dash of soap opera antics will eat this book up and anxiously await more scandals in future volumes.
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