Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Series: The Scandal Sheet, #1
Release Date: January 8, 2019
On their wedding day, Colin, Viscount Wharton witnesses his new wife Jane betraying him with another man. On the advice of his cousin and best friend, he banishes Jane to the country.
Jane has no idea why Colin sent her away, nor has he replied to any of her letters. She has stayed in the country and made a life for herself, but when her beloved sister gives birth, nothing will keep her from returning to London. She doesn’t plan on seeing Colin during her visit, but that plan is shot when the “Scandal Sheet” reports that she is in town and ponders the reason she was exiled.
Colin learns that Jane is in town and immediately goes to see her, instead of sending her back to the country as he planned, he ends up insisting that she lives at his house while she is in town and act his wife in public. She agrees and learns that Colin might hate her, but he still desires her.
They are electric together and Jane has hope that they will finally put the past behind them and move on, but Colin struggles with his feelings, he desires her, but she betrayed him, how can he trust her? When the truth of the betrayal is revealed in a shocking twist, Jane is devastated and returns to the country. Is it too late for these two? Can love heal the wound between them or is the cut too deep?
This was a well written, nicely paced, fully fleshed out novella, it never felt rushed or incomplete, the author gives enough backstory to support the current plot and doesn’t rush the ending. The chemistry and emotion between Jane and Colin is obvious, the love scenes are smoking hot and the ending was heartwarming. I thought the title was a bit misleading, she is not, nor was she ever, Lady Jane, but formal address is a personal peeve of mine and that little error in no way diminishes the actual story. There are a couple of inconsistencies, but they will probably be corrected prior to publication, but even if they are not, they are minor and don’t really impact the story. And in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would happily recommend it.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*