Three Schemes and a Scandal (The Writing Girls #3.5)
Enter the Regency world of the Writing Girls series in Maya Rodale’s charming tale of a scheming lady, a handsome second son, and the trouble they get into when the perfect scandal becomes an even more perfect match.
Scheme: A folly, a swan, a little lie . . . a compromising position
Lady Charlotte Brandon is always up to something . . . but somehow her best schemes for matchmaking often end in disaster.
Scheme: A family feud, outrageously false rumors, a shattered priceless vase . . . an even more compromising position
It’s no wonder she’s considered by at least one devastatingly handsome man to be devious, destructive, and dangerously appealing.
Scheme: A fox, a rabbit, a childhood foe, and a dashing rogue . . . the proposal to end all proposals
It’s high time someone turned the tables on the lovely Lady Charlotte, and James Beauchamp is just the man to do it. Even if it means beating Charlotte at her devious game with a scandalous scheme of his own.
4.5 stars/ 5 stars
My first book in “We Love Lisa Kleypas (WLLK) Year Long Reading Challenge “. I put this on my New Author category. Yes, this was my first reading experience with Maya Rodale’s installment. I’ve heard about her just about early this year (I knew there’s author with her name, but never knew about her works), and when I looked this book had bargain price I grab it fast.
This book was great, great, great!!!! It was sweet romance, funny story, captivating characters and well done executed. But I must admit, the hilarious factor was the biggest reason I picked this one. And what an enjoyable experience reading the story about The mischief Lady Charlotte Brandon and her childhood friend, James Beauchamp.
The book was part of The Writing Girls series but it could be read as stand alone. and it was only 100 pages. The story started in a Ball when Lady Charlotte was creating a scheme for her friend Swan Lucy (Lady Lucy’s nickname – the reason of her name was hilarious) to met the renowned rake, James Beauchamp. Charlotte was design herself as matchmaker for her friend. The scheme involve bribery, secret meeting, a folly, and a key. Charlotte was planning locked the two of them in a folly, with high expectation they will fall in love and happily ever after.
Disaster happen. Charlotte was the one locked with James in the folly. Their encounter was awkward because though they were childhood friend and partner in crime, but they never spoke to each other for years. It was the result of Charlotte’s pet rabbit death, due to James’s friend, Dudley, who roasted the poor rabbit. The incident drove them apart and ever since both of them no longer speak.
Luckly, Charlotte and James was saved from the doomed fate, marriage. They were escape by the high window – Charlotte was, with the dress off, only with her undergarment. Just said that their escaping scenes were LOL moments. Incidents follow days after, and again luck still on her side. But the second scheme, which involve library, drape, illicit encounter, book, and a KISS, made them realize their own feeling. And the third scheme, design by James, was the grandest of all which made Charlotte the happiest girl in the world J
Reading this book left you with smile and laugh. Such a sweet romance with wonderful characters. The story was well executed. It was smooth and poignant. With her great writing skill, Maya Rodale revealed and pealed each characters with every words. And with each words, she showed us the beauty of the era. Yes, there’s some typo, but didn’t bother me at all.
How about the characters? Wonderful. I loved each and everyone in the story. The hero and heroine were amazing. I love that type of heroine. Such a strong, brave, and unique person, more so for that kind of lady at that time. She was trouble, and people feared her. But fortunately she was duke’s sister, and her position made her impossible to hate.
The hero, James, at first wasn’t too lovable. He was such ordinary nobleman – ordinary in the terms of gambling, wenching, carousing, and drinking. And I must admit though I like him a lot but his characters wasn’t deep enough to made me feel him. Despite his imperfectness, he was perfect hero for Charlotte. He knew her. He understand her quirkiness and her need to made everything in life exciting. Dullness was death for her, and James know it.
Other characters were as engaging as the hero and the heroine. Charlotte friends, Hariette and Swan Lucy were great addition. The Duke and Duchess, were interesting enough to made me pick their story as my next Rodale adventure. And the ton. Maybe sometimes she exaggerated their attitude, but their antic totally hilarious for sure.
Overall, Charlotte and James scheming deserved your time. If you loved Julia Quinn’s books made yourself a favor and pick this author.