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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tasty Book Tour: Scandal Takes the Stage by Eva Leigh (Review + Giveaway)

Okay so I epically screwed up. I accidentally posted the review that was schedule for TODAY'S blog tour stop back on October 14. So that's why you're seeing it again today. My biggest apologies to everyone for the mix up and thanks for stopping by again.

About Eva Leigh:
EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men.

She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s.

Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 27, 2015

Together they may create a scandal worthy of the stage, but can their love last after the final curtain falls…?

Successful playwright Maggie Delamere has no interest in the flirtations of noblemen like Cameron, Viscount Marwood. She once paid dearly for a moment of weakness…and vows to rebuff the wildly persistent—and irritatingly handsome—scoundrel at every turn. But when pressure to deliver a new play hampers her creativity, an invitation to use his country estate as a writer’s retreat is too tempting to resist....

For years, Cam has admired Maggie’s brilliant work and he can’t pass up the opportunity to discover if the beautiful, mysterious playwright is as passionate and clever as the words that flow from her quill. He’s never offered a lady his bed without being in it, but if it means loosening Maggie’s pen—and her inhibitions—he’ll do exactly that.

But soon Cam’s plans for seduction become a fight for Maggie’s heart. He’s more than the scandalous, carefree rake society believes him to be…and she’s the only woman who has ever noticed.

A moment of weakness and girlish fantasy lead playwright Maggie Delamere to a devastating conclusion: Commoners like her should never aspire to be part of the titled world of aristocrats. So when Cameron, Viscount Marwood takes an interest in her she firmly and quite rudely rebuffs him. Unfortunately Maggie is under pressure to deliver her next big play and her inspiration is nowhere to be found. An invitation from Cam to retreat to his country estate in order to gain inspiration is too tempting to pass up. From there Cam and Maggie get to know each other more and more, making Maggie nervous that she’s falling for the same trap she did before. Cameron on the other hand isn’t as reluctant to explore what’s happening between them.

He shouldn’t have been, but Cam is adorable. In a masculine way of course. To everyone around him he’s this carefree, reckless rascal with women dripping off of him but in reality he’s this intelligent, warm and caring man with a deep love for theater and creativity. Granted, his public persona didn’t exactly endear him to Maggie at first but gradually he wore her down. Cam was naughty AND nice, a great combination for this story since Maggie was so hell bent on being ultra serious.

Maggie though, I had a hard time connecting let alone liking her. She was just so rude and mean with Cam. I get why she was like that but it’s like she didn’t cut him any slack for so much of the story even after she started to realize he didn’t behave like she expected an aristocrat to behave. She was harsh and I couldn’t understand why she couldn’t be fair with Cam after she started to see who he was. For someone who had such creativity she was amazingly shallow with her attitude towards Cam. She wasn’t completely unlikable but her positive moments weren’t all that frequent.

Scandal Takes the Stage was a good read even with my lack of connection with Maggie. I enjoyed Cam’s joy that came from the theater, it was infectious and with him I connected the most. The way he described how watching a good play felt is something I can understand. The story was a good one, a little predictable but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it.

Final Verdict: Cam was my favorite character. His passion for watching the theater was what made him stand out to me. I may not have enjoyed Maggie as much but Scandal Takes the Stage was still a solid read for me.

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