Title: A Christmas Scandal
Author: Ashley Stowe
Release Date: November 20, 2015
Genre: Historical, New Adult to Adult, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Taking chances isn’t something Lydia Bell is used to. She had always left that up to the confident and adventurous characters in her books. Well, before her best friend, Ann, insisted that Lydia get her nose out of her silly little romance novels and start living life to the fullest. At the yearly Christmas Ball, she agrees to a wager that would seize the constant urging of her friend. She has to find her real life Romeo and kiss him before the night is over. There’s only one problem . . . she’s never been kissed.
Benedict Harper: tall, handsome, and debonair. The town rebel and, not to mention, Lydia’s childhood crush, is her target. Following him outside, under the cover of darkness, she makes her move. There is no denying the burning desire they feel during the kiss. But, once she makes her identity known, she doesn’t quite get the reaction she was hoping for. Returning to the ball, the two are spotted and the gossip about the scandal burns throughout the town. Taking destiny into her hands that night was a big mistake and Ben is urged to leave town. For ten years Lydia is pained with guilt and wonder. That’s until she runs into a dashing naval captain who leaves her, once again, breathless . . . her Benedict Harper.
Timing is everything. Ten years ago, it wasn't time for Benedict and Lydia. They were young, acted foolishly (in the eyes of society only, in my opinion) and paid dearly for it. Fast forward ten years to their present day, they are older, wiser, and...it's time.
The road to their happy ending wasn't without bumps but their hearts were invested before their minds were. Love conquers all, you know?
My favorite part is when Benedict played his cards close to his vest at the end, refusing to hint at his plan to Lydia yet begging (yes, he begged and it was heartwarming!) her to give him a little more time. The promise that everything would work out tinged his pleadings. I don't know if that's why Lydia said yes as this part of the story is told from Benedict's point of view. Maybe it was. Maybe it was also her heart urging her to say she would. Whatever the case was, everything did work out and the happy ending they waited ten years to have finally happened.
If you're looking for an emotional story that'll hold your gut and heart in suspense, you won't find it here. This story is short with a happily ever after you see coming from a mile away. It's wreathed in sweetness and the long awaited promise of forever for two hearts that knew now was the perfect time.
By day, Ashley Stowe is an administrative specialist. By night, she’s a writer. Her love for Historical Fiction and Christian Romance novels has fed her desire to put pen to paper and bring her readers on a ride into the exhilarating world that she has created. One of innocence, steamy first loves and feisty characters.
Ashley grew up as a “military brat”, but she’d correct you and say she is “set in her ways and well-traveled”. She spent much of her childhood traveling the United States, never really having the chance to call one place her home for very long. Home now, is Nebraska where she lives with the love of her life, Josh and their fur-kid, Mya.