Release Date: Oct 31, 2017
Series: Cinderella Sisterhood
Heat Level: Sensual
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake is the sixth installment in the Cinderella Sisterhood series. If you are familiar with Olivia Drake and the series, you will know the basic premise of the book. Lady Milford is the mysteriously beautiful “fairy godmother” who swoops into the lives of unassuming and underserving spinsters and gifts them with a pair of ruby slippers that will help guide them to their true love. During their course of finding their true love there is usually some mystery and intrigue involved to keep the readers in suspense.
This latest book does not disappoint or stray far from this narrative. Aurora Paxton was once the star of her debut season until she was caught in a comprising situation which led to her banishment from society. She reenters society after learning that her stepmother is being blackmailed and her sister is to wed a man twice her age. Hiding in disguise Aurora take up a post as a companion to the Marquess of Dashell’s mother in order to confirm her suspicious of Lucas Dashell being the blackmailer. Lucas Dashell has known Aurora since her debut and harbors lingering feelings for her, however his inherited financial situation requires him to wed a wealthy debutant. So begins the story of Aurora and Lucas, they soon discover that things are not as they seem and team up to locate the blackmailer.
While this may seem like a typical storyline, Olivia Drake throws in surprising twists and turns during the uncovering of the blackmailer, leaving the reader guessing as to what could come next. Lucas and Aurora also shared some laugh out loud moments, as well as some very steamy moments, during their adventures. What I enjoyed most about this book was that Aurora was not a typical society lady and had very progressive feminist views. She had her own ambitions and resisted the trappings that the ton put on women of their age. I liked that she did not simply rely on Lucas to perform tasks and even challenged his beliefs about women. For a historical romance, this book really conveys the empowering feminist messages of modern day, that women are much more than just wives to be looked at for their beauty.
One of the minor annoyances that I notice with Olivia Drake’s writing, especially in the Cinderella Sisterhood series, is that she often repeats details about the past in later chapters. It almost seems as if she has forgotten that the reader had already known that. I found this to be the case again with this book, however it is very minor and can be overlooked. Another annoyance I have had in the past with this series is that sometimes the romance is very sudden and not believable. However, this was not the case in The Scandalous Flirt, because Lucas and Aurora had known each other for some time the developing attraction between them seemed very natural. Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was a fun and quick read. My favourite book of this series remains Stroke of Midnight, however The Scandalous Flirt is a very close second.