My Most Anticipated Romance Turned into a Disappointment | The Scandal of it All by Sophie Jordan

Posted July 28, 2017 by Zeee in Reviews6 Comments

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My Most Anticipated Romance Turned into a Disappointment | The Scandal of it All by Sophie JordanThe Scandal of It All written by Sophie Jordan
Publisher Avon
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Series: The Rogue Files #2
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0062463624
Rating: One StarOne StarHalf a Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames
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It takes two to make a scandal…

What kind of woman ventures into London’s most notorious pleasure club? An outsider like Graciela, the Duchess of Autenberry, snubbed time and time again by society because of her Spanish roots. Ela longs to take a lover for a single, wild night, and within the walls of Sodom there are gentlemen to suit every forbidden taste. If only she were not so drawn to the smoldering Lord Strickland…a dangerous man who sees beyond her mask, and could ruin her reputation with a mere whisper.

Lord Strickland never permitted himself to fantasize about the sultry, off-limits lady, but then he never expected to find Ela in a place so wicked, looking for what he’s more than too happy to give. She may not be to the ton’s taste, but she suits him perfectly. First, however, he must convince her to trust in this dangerous desire—and in the promise of forever unleashed by one wild, scandalous night.

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What was one of my most anticipated books of the year turned out into a complete fail! I really, really wanted to love this book so much, but I just can’t! As much as I love Sophie Jordan, I was thoroughly disappointed by The Scandal of it All.

There were no stakes at all!

I love the premise – older lady falls in love with a much younger man. To top it all off, this young man is her step son’s best friend! Oh, the juicy scandal!

Although Lady Graciela is older, she is only about 5 years (?) or so older than Lord Strickland. It is taboo during this time, though.

Despite the awesome premise, Jordan really fails in upping the states. I would have wanted to read more about the consequences when their affair was discovered. I would have wanted more detail. What I got was an awesome first act and a meh third act.

Basically, this couple did NOTHING to earn their HEA

The first act starts off really strong. We have Lady Graciela trying to find happiness. She is being shunned by society because of her Spanish roots, and even though she is a Duke’s widow, she has never fit in. She was also a much, much younger second wife of the late Duke and she also has a young teen daughter. She takes a chance and visits an illicit club called Sodom, looking for a lover. There she meets Lord Strickland, her step son’s best friend who manages to hide her identity from the Duke. And what do you know, they suddenly have an affair.

Again, I said the first part starts off really strong. I like the development of their relationship BUT their budding relationship stops before I feel like they have fallen in love! And to top it all off, the scandal that would have come out of a relationship between an older widow and a young man DID NOT happen! I would have wanted that part to be the stakes in their relationship. I wanted to find out how they overcame it.

And then THIS happened!

View Spoiler » Kill me naaaawww!

Quick Read

I was really surprised that I read The Scandal of it All in one sitting! In all honesty, I kept turning the pages to read more about Ela and Strickland’s romance. But I was thoroughly disappointed.

As much as I wanted to love The Scandal of it All, I felt that there was something missing. I wish there was more.

Books like The Scandal of it All

  • Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas features a spinster who also takes her happiness into her own hands and sends for a man to be her lover for the night.
  • The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren which features a scandalous lady who is slightly older than the hero.


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Overall: 2.5



Don’t you just hate it when the hero and the heroine do not earn their HEA?

Which books have you read where the heroine is older than the hero?


About Sophie Jordan

Author: Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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6 responses to “My Most Anticipated Romance Turned into a Disappointment | The Scandal of it All by Sophie Jordan

  1. Oh no, I’m so sorry you didn’t like this one! I actually just read it a couple of weeks ago and I loved it, in fact, I rated it as one of my top favorites of the year. It’s always interesting to see how one book can cause different reactions with different readers. I read your spoiler and oddly enough that is something that really caused me to love the book, but I haven’t come across that same scenario in a book for a LONG time. Great review!

    • I also find it interesting as well! I love Sophie Jordan but this book was just frustrating for me! Also, I have read a number of heroines getting pregnant which makes the hero propose to her and it’s driving me nuts! Some are older titles, though 🙂

      Glad you enjoyed the book! I LOVED the first part, actually and I feel like this book is just half of a book!

    • I know! I actually love her Devil’s Rock series but not her YA titles… her NA is also good but she only wrote one series… 🙁

  2. Ive been disappointed by a few series by this author so I kind of gave up on her. It sucks that you didn’t love this one, especially since you were so excited about it. Hope the next one is better!

    • I know, Nereyda! She is one of my favorites… but I felt that this book was just one half of the story. I want more!