About the Book:
Author: Minerva Spencer
Series: Rebels of the Ton #2
Page Length: 304
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Publisher: Kensington Books
Synopsis: From handsome hostage . . .
When Eva de Courtney kidnaps Godric Fleming, her only plan is to stop the irritating earl from persecuting her beloved brother. But once she has the intriguing rogue in the confines of her carriage, she longs to taste the passion she senses simmering beneath his rugged exterior. Her forbidden plan is foiled, however, when Godric turns the tables, taking her hostage instead—and demanding they marry at once . . .
To unexpected suitor . . .
The last thing Godric wants to do is make the fiery, impulsive Eva his wife, despite her delectable mouth and alluring innocence. He knows from experience that nothing is forever, not even love. But honor demands he do right by the lady, no matter how stubbornly Eva tries to hold on to her independence. And while the road to the Scottish border is beset with danger, Godric’s greatest challenge is to keep his hands—and his heart—from his captivating bride-to-be . . .
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Outrageous is a fun and adventurous enemies-to-lovers romance that is appropriately named. The story begins as Eva de Courtney kidnaps Godric Fleming. She believes that, by kidnapping Godric, he will be unable to kidnap her sister-in-law. However, by spending time alone with him, Eva compromises her reputation, as well as her family’s. As their journey ensues and they learn more about each other, their feelings for each other change and grow.
I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers romance and the witty banter between Eva and Godric. It’s interesting to see this impulsive and naïve young woman go head-to-head with an older, war-hardened man. Godric definitely redeemed himself from the first book and became more of a misunderstood man rather than the nefarious character I expected. I appreciate how dynamically developed both Godric and Eva were, even though I didn’t always like their characters. Both are very stubborn and don’t always think things through, and some of their ways of speaking to each other rubbed me the wrong way. Because Eva is 19 and Godric is 36, he sometimes speaks to her in a condescending way. He even calls her a “child.” I didn’t love this aspect of their story. However, their romance is really steamy, and it is clear their feelings for each other are strong.
The story includes a lot of misadventures and funny moments while Eva and Godric are on their journey, and many incidents border on outlandish. Danger and adventure await at every turn, and it makes for some exciting scenes. I also really liked the secondary characters and thought Andrew, James, Eva’s step-mother, and others were all quirky, unique, and dynamically developed. Some of my favorite scenes included funny antics and conversations with these characters.
Outrageous is the second book in the Rebels of the Ton series, and though it could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading Notorious, the first book in the series, in order to fully understand the characters and context. Thanks so much to NetGalley, Kensington Books, and Minerva Spencer for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The dynamic and unique characters.
- The witty dialogue/banter.
I would recommend reading Notorious, the first book in the series before you read this one. Also, I think readers who like steamy historical romance might enjoy the book.