Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa DareDo You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare
Series: Spindle Cove #5
Published by Avon on September 27th 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher

On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library.

•Was it Lord Canby, with the maid, on the divan?
•Or Miss Fairchild, with a rake, against the wall?
•Perhaps the butler did it.

All Charlotte Highwood knows is this: it wasn’t her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers’ true identity, she’ll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Granville—the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she’s ever had the misfortune to embrace. When it comes to emotion, the man hasn’t got a clue.

But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own. The oh-so-proper marquess can pick locks, land punches, tease with sly wit … and melt a woman’s knees with a single kiss. The only thing he guards more fiercely than Charlotte’s safety is the truth about his dark past.

Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte’s feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who’s sworn to never love?

Tessa Dare has a special place in my heart. Her book, Romancing the Duke, was the novel that got me back into historical romance. I’m a big fan obviously. I was so excited to read So You Want to Start a Scandal because it features two characters from some of her previous novels. And yet, I was also nervous because my expectations were so high. I dragged my feet a bit, but I didn’t need to worry because Do You Want to Start a Scandal turned out to be one of my favorite Tessa Dare books.

Do You Want to Start a Scandal starts off with Charlotte Highwood following Piers Brandon into a library at a house party. Longtime Tessa Dare fans will recognize Charlotte as the sister of both Minerva (A Week to Be Wicked) and Diana (Beauty and the Blacksmith) and Piers as Clio’s betrothed in (Say Yes to the Marquess). Obviously Piers doesn’t marry Clio in that novel.

Charlotte’s mother is determined that Charlotte marry well, and her machinations have given Charlotte a bit of a reputation in society. Charlotte plans to warn Piers, a marquess, about her mother’s obsession. But, due to no fault of their own, people believe they were getting a little frisky, and Piers decides to propose to Charlotte. Charlotte, however, is determined to only marry for love, and hopes to find the really mystery lovers, so that she and Piers will not have to marry. Of course, things don’t go quite as planned.

Charlotte absolutely stole my heart in Do You Want to Start a Scandal. While I’ve always liked her in the other Spindle Cove books, she was so endearing in this novel . I love how she’s so positive, and quite a happy person. While this reputation that she has now due to her mother’s efforts to marry her off is frustrating and upsetting, she never really lets it get her down. She makes the best of it,  and discovers a best friend in the process. When people think she and Piers were getting it on, she just decides to prove them wrong. And she is really exactly what Piers needs.

Piers is the type of hero I adore. He’s responsible, honorable, and does the right think (usually). He can be a bit serious, which is all more reason why Charlotte is so good for him. She makes him lighten up and laugh. It was pretty hilarious to see Piers fall for Charlotte, but not realizing it. I love that kind of hero. When he decides he wants Charlotte, he makes it happen, even though he doesn’t want to admit his feelings. And while a few choices weren’t the best, in the long run, I can forgive him.

As you would expect from a Tessa Dare romance, there is so much humor in the novel. Even that first scene where Charlotte follows Piers into the library is hilarious. Her conversation about May-December romances just made me smile so much. And I had to tell everyone I knew about it. Little Edmund Parkhurst also brought a lot of levity to the story, all while moving the plot along.

So, if you love Tessa Dare, I think you will love Do You Want to Start a Scandal. There is so much to love here. Fantastic characters, believable love interests, lots of laughs, with a little depth as well. Really, this book was just about perfect.


17 Responses to “Review: Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare”

  1. weendizz

    I’m so glad to see this book getting so much love. I adored it as well and loved the heck out of both Charlotte and Piers. They were so awesome!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I was holding my breath while I was reading this review because I really want to read it but I was worried you wouldn’t like it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like so much fun! Do you think I’ll enjoy it as much if I haven’t read the other Dare books?

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      You can definitely enjoy it just as much if you have read her other books. I don’t think you’d have any problem. It’s not that kind of series. And it’s sooo good! Definitely read it. And then read all the others! 🙂

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I loved this book too! Chqrlotte was awesome and Piers was very swoon-worthy. I’m glad you liked this too. Great review!

  4. Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    I’ve never read a book by Tessa Dare and I’m kicking myself for it. I’ve only heard great things about her books. I’ve read praises for this book so I’m thinking of buying it. Okay so now that I’ve read your review I’ll have to start the series from the beginning just so I can know more about Charlotte and Piers (and why he didn’t marry Clio). Ugh this just sounds so good that I want to jump into it. Great review!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      YOU HAVE TO READ TESSA DARE! Piers actually is barely in Say Yes to the Marquess. While I loved Marquess, I think this is a better book. You should just read all her books. The first TD book I ever read was Romancing the Duke which is AMAZING! Her Spindle Cove series is wonderful, too, which is where we first meet Charlotte. I actually don’t think it’s all that important to read the previous books before you read this one, to be honest. But either way, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Tessa Dare. Because she is amazing. Do you like Julia Quinn? She has a similar tone.

  5. Kyle

    I’m just starting to read historical romance and recently read my first Tessa Dare, Romancing the Duke, which I liked a lot. I couldn’t really get into When a Scot Ties the Knot, but I keep seeing really great reviews for Do You Want to Start a Scandal, so I’ll probably get it from the library 🙂

  6. Kaja

    I really enjoyed this one, too. Charlotte was the perfect heroine, she was smart and decisive and funny. I liked Piers, too (it took me a while to figure out where he fit in with the series, ha), but I kind of disliked how he forced her into marriage there. I mean, I know she *wanted* to marry him by that point but I wished she’d arrived there on her own. That said, I’ll definitely be re-reading this one when I need a pick-me-up!
    Great review as always, Quinn! 🙂

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