Julie Anne Long
It Started with a Scandal
Avon / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 digital
Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.
An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.
The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.
Everyone reading Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series has been waiting for years for Lyon and Olivia's story. Alas, It Started with a Scandal is not it, but it is a fine way to spend your time while you wait for The Legend of Lyon Redmond (September 29—mark your calendars!)
We've met Lord Philippe Lavay before. He was born a minor prince of the House of Bourbon whose family lost everything in the Revolution, has been a soldier and a privateer and is now rusticating in Pennyroyal Green while he recovers from an attack in London. His injuries make him even more curt and surly than usual and he holds out little hope that his new housekeeper will last any longer than the last.