Book Review: Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather

July 29, 2015 Book review 6 ★★★★

This is a book that brings the romance AND the history of 18th century Paris and London to the table. All too often historical romantic fiction is too heavily weighted on the romance side or on the history side but Trapped by Scandal combines both effortlessly.

Book Review: Trapped by Scandal by Jane FeatherTrapped by Scandal by Jane Feather
Published by Headline on 23 June 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr
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New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather returns to the Regency with a passionate tale that sweeps the reader from the dangerous streets of Paris to the glittering ballrooms of London.Lady Hero Fanshawe has chafed at society’s dictates since the death of her fiancé taught her that joy can be fleeting. When her brother disappears in Paris at the height of the Terror, she has no hesitation in disguising herself as a boy and risking her life to find him—or in joining forces with a chance-met ally, the enigmatic William Ducasse, Viscount St. Aubrey. And she has no regrets in indulging in a passionate affair with the dangerously handsome stranger, in the shadow of the guillotine… Half French, half English, William is committed to his shadow life, flirting with death to rescue imperiled aristocrats. Marriage is an indulgence he cannot afford. Once Hero returns to London, he refuses to risk her good name by continuing their liaison. But he has reckoned without the determined Hero’s disregard for propriety…or the dictates of his own heart.

First Line of by Scandal by Jane Feather:

“Lady Hermione Fanshawe drummed her long fingers on the gaming table in one of the private gambling rooms leading off the Rotunda at Ranelagh Gardens.”

My Thoughts on by Scandal by Jane Feather:

I thoroughly enjoyed this one and there are two main reasons for this.

  1. Fab characters
  2. Vivid and atmospheric settings in London and Paris

I loved the main character – Lady Hero – as she was a woman way ahead of her time. She is feisty, stubborn and knows how to go after what she wants. When she meets William in a jail in Paris, there is instant attraction between them. Not the dreaded insta-love but sizzling, seductive sparks. I really enjoyed these two together and their intelligent but passionate encounters.

The setting in Paris at the time of The Terror and the depiction of the mass executions of aristocrats was chilling and revelatory. I didn’t know much about this period so I found it very eye-opening and I ended up doing some research afterwards myself and it seems to be a fairly accurate portrayal.

This is not the Paris of my dreams! More like the Paris of my nightmares! The unrelenting swipe of the guillotine, the smell of the blood in the squares, the mass hysteria and the not knowing who to trust just kept my flipping pages anxiously and squirming uncomfortably.

I also really appreciated the relationship between Hero and her brother Alex. He is so supportive of his sister. He loves her for the way she is and fully accepts how unconventional she is and sees no need to try and change her.

Overall this book has romance and atmosphere and lots of tension and it all added up to a thoroughly enjoyable read. It’s a little heavy handed on drama at time but then again that is all part of the charm. Thumbs up and I’m looking forward to future books in this series.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars


Who should read by Scandal by Jane Feather?

I’d recommend this to fans of historical fiction who like passionate romances (without too much graphic detail), lots of drama, feisty characters and descriptive vivid settings. Fans of Outlander should also enjoy.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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6 Responses to “Book Review: Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather”

    • trish

      The heavy handed drama did fit in with the tone of the book and it didn’t feel cringe which it all too often can. It was my first Jane Feather but won’t be my last!

    • trish

      It was a lot of fun Brandee, Hero was so feisty and determined that I couldn’t help but cheer her on even when she was being impulsive and reckless. I love a woman who goes after what she wants.

    • trish

      I think this is the first one I’ve ever read with that setting and it was so well done. I felt the terror!

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