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For while the smoldering lord is famous for his conuests the man is oblivious to both her devotion and her charms And Justine is soon afraid she has wagered all for naught. My ReviewThe PlotAfter Lady Justine's father publishes his offensive findings of the natural world's innate predilection for buggery he's thrown into prison by the king for suggesting even scientifically that homosexuality is God's creation and therefore should not be condemned Desperate to have her father released Justine offers up her body for one night to the powerfully influential Duke of Bradford in exchange for her father's release but is shocking offered marriage in responseJustine has long been enad with Bradford since her arrival in London two years ago after her father wrapped up his studies in Cape Town Africa Knowing that Bradford sponsored her father's studies endeared him to her already but his smooth charm kind eyes and his fearlessness to talk to her despite her unconventional upbringing instantly made him her friend When scandal erupts leaving Bradford ensconced in his home shunning all society Justine takes pity on him and writes him weekly despite the fact that she never once receives a response Her letters not flowery or painted with adoration merely tell Bradford about her daily activities and the activities of the ton But the offering of Justine's virginity sure gets her a response with marriage nonetheless and while his strange stipulations demand that they not see each other until the day of their wedding he'll make sure her father is released from prison in exchangeJustine represents Radcliff Morton's the Duke of Bradford's last hope of conuering his self degrading addiction to pleasure For eight months he's shunned all society all females to be precise even going to the extent of dismissing all his female servants For eight months he's denied himself any physical pleasure hoping to suash the addiction that endlessly plagues his thoughts and body Knowing that he has a chance to be the man he wants to be with Justine he offers her marriage but in a slightly despicable and decidedly rakish manner by bribing her with her father's release Upon his marriage with Justine he realizes immediately that he's picked the right woman for not only does she have the potential to make him a better man but she's also dangerously close to stealing his heart Now if only he can keep from screwing up this one and final shot at happinessThe HeroineLady Justine Palmer reminded me strongly of Lindsay Lohan's Mean Girls character After spending the entirety of her adolescence in Africa Justine is wonderfully unconventional with a tantalizing combination of innocence and worldliness It's this combination that makes her ideal for Radcliff She's not some untried miss she's seen real life has lived by the rules of the animal kingdom Not only that but her parents are open caring and encourage her independence while also wishing for her to make a happy match in societyRecognizing instantly that Radcliff suffers from a serious problem Justine isn't deterred but determined to help him by teaching him not only respect for her and himself but by teaching his broken heart how to love Sexually inhibited Justine encompasses all the pleasure Radcliff could ever hope for while also showing him that sex isn't just about pleasure but about connection and intimacy It's Justine's knowledge of love as well as her patience that gifts her with an almost magical ability to heal a man desperate to be wholeThe HeroRadcliff is a man with the odds stacked up against him He suffers from an all consuming sex addiction has a brother who loathes him was shown by his mother that the words I love you are completely meaningless and brutally castrates himself as worthless But what makes Radcliff special is his desire to be a good man and a good husband to Justine He wants to beat everything that's held him down and he knows from the first moment that he's lucky to have the one woman that has the very real potential to change him Justine gives him hope and while he makes numerous sometimes heartbreaking mistakes Radcliff never fails to pick himself up and try over and over again to better himselfMy Final ThoughtsPRELUDE TO A SCANDAL is as unconventional a historical as its wonderfully unconventional characters Exploring such taboo plot arcs as sodomy pornography and sex addiction its author Delilah Marvelle unveils a believable and heart rendering story that rings with a sublime truth Sex addiction was undoubtedly suffered by men and women of this time period and to boldly explore a sickness that is scoffed at even in today's society gives new meaning to the word courageWhat baffled me but also made for a pleasurable reading experience is that the subjects Marvelle explores could have easily saturated the novel in darkness Radcliff's suffering is profoundly felt and the sickness he's plagued with becomes detrimental time and again to his marriage with Justine Yet this darkness is wonderfully balanced with laugh out loud humor and scenes that had me in stitches Justine herself is uite hilarious She brings a much needed light to Radcliff's world as well as shining her light on the story relieving the reader time and again of the burden we share with RadcliffI must confess to being nervous of Marvelle using the horrid Big Misunderstanding with PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL There's many a moment that could have been misconstrued and made to further the plot but Marvelle never makes a mockery of her characters or their plight ensuring that the trust between Radcliff and Justine is strong but of course earnedDelilah Marvelle has definitely earned her place on my list of must read authors Her unconventional and thoroughly researched history makes for hours of simply good reading She challenges her readers to open their mind to a new brand of hero one that makes you fall in love him for a whole new set of reasons Delivering a refreshing and inspiring read Marvelle is much recommended by this bloggerFor historical romance readers tired of tried and true and desperate for something that will blow your hair back in terms of intensity humor and romance look no farther than Delilah Marvelle's PRELUDE TO A SCANDAL Enjoy

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Prelude to a ScandalThe battle between the lady and the rake is almost about to beginLady Justine is willing to trade her good name her reputation and her place in London's gossip hungry ton t. This was only my first read by Ms Marvelle and I'm sorry to say it was a great disappointment The premise was interesting but I just couldn't get into the story or connect with the charactersDesperate to have her father released from prison where he's been thrown for publishing his observations on innate buggery in the Animal Kingdom and stating that homosexuality is allowed by God and therefore shouldn't be condemned Lady Justine Palmer approaches his father's academic patron the notorious Duke of Bradford better known to the ton as The Rake Extraordinaire and offers herself up to him in exchange for his help releasing her father Braced for surrendering her virginity to a man who seemingly presents no wedding prospect she's shocked when he refuses her offer and proposes marriage insteadUnbeknownst to Justine Radcliff Morton the Duke of Bradford is as desperate as her Consumed by his addiction to sex he's been in seclusion for the last eight months in an effort to reform himself Convinced that Justine is his last hope of salvation Radcliff does his best to control the sexual urges that torment his body knowing that he needs to become a better man for their marriage to workThat was the basic premise of this book but there were so many other subjects crammed into the story that it lost its focus Besides his sex addiction Radcliff and Justine also had to deal with his mommy issues his villainous brother Carlton his brother's abused mistress Matilda a gay servant and other minor problems It was too much and I just couldn't make myself care for any of themRadcliff had the potential to be a great tortured hero but his character fizzled He was described as being a sex addict but I never saw him acting as one I was told over and over again that he was a sex addict but he was one of the most self controlled heroes I've ever seen view spoilerHe stopped himself from consummating his marriage with Justine on their wedding night because he was afraid of hurting her even though he was fully aroused and hadn't had sex in eight months Oh and she was willing and asking him to continue hide spoiler

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Prelude to a Scandal Free read ✓ 102 × ➷ Prelude to a Scandal Free ➭ Author Delilah Marvelle – The battle between the lady and the rake is almost about to beginLady Justine is willing to trade her good name her reputation and her place in London's gossip hungry ton to secure her father's releas The battle O secure Prelude to Epubher father's release from prison But when the notorious Duke of Bradford counters her offer with a proposal of marriage the stakes grow higher still. 20% and my face got stuck in the what is that SMELL look people make when the dumpsters are ripe