Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?
Should someone offer to lend you a pair of red slippers - go for it, they might change your life forever!
At least that's what happens when Rory accepts the enchanted slippers from Lady Milford after having been banished from London and her family for eight years.
Returning to London, she does not only have to find some missing letters but she also has to help her sister to avoid a marriage of duty while trying not to fall in love herself. Fortunately, she fails on several accounts and in the end, it is love that wins over duty and second chances are given where they were never expected.
I loved to see Rory find her way back into society, her interactions and her chemistry with Lucas are amazing and, well, those two are sweet and just right together, despite him being on the verge of....well, let's forget about that. Or not? When money, or rather the lack of it, is involved, it is not always easy to do the right thing and follow your heart...
A very enjoyable and entertaining read, romantic and funny, full of action and a great story - I loved it and will definitely check out other books by the author!