Review: The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

suffragette scandalReviewed by Jen

This may not be my favorite Courtney Milan romance, but there were many things I enjoyed about it.  The premise original and engaging. The heroine is intelligent and independent.  And the hero manages to be strong and self assured without ever being threatened by a woman who is his equal.  It’s witty; it’s smart; and it’s an overall fun read.

Free is one of the most confident and self possessed historical heroines I have ever read. She is so sure of herself and so comfortable in her own skin.  She is bold and she makes me laugh and she makes me proud of the women in history who stood up for women’s rights when it was very unfashionable to do so.  Huzzah! Suffragettes!  She runs a small newspaper, written for women, by women.  It’s not about gossip or fashion, but about real issues.  She has a strong voice, one that the hero’s brother wants to silence.

Edward is just weeks away from being declared legally dead and that is just fine with him. His family abandoned him and he has no wish to take up the title and return to the life he left behind.  But what he won’t countenance is the fact that his brother is using his power to target a childhood friend. It’s in trying to protect that friend that he crosses paths with Free and realizes she is a target too.

Edward thinks himself a complete scoundrel, and in some ways he is. He is a forger and a liar, but he never pretends to be anything else.  I love how immediately he is taken by Free. I love how he recognizes her worth, how he never tries to lessen her.  He has been through hell and it has changed him, but I wouldn’t call him a tortured hero. Maybe a tired one; and though he’s down, he’s not out. He, too, is smart. He’s cunning and he’s willing to fight dirty.

So why wasn’t this one of my favorites?  Well, judging by the other reviews I have read, I may be the only one to say this, but I didn’t feel the love. The attraction? Yes. The respect? Yes.  But I couldn’t feel Edward falling in love.  He said it –and thought it– but somehow I missed that feeling in my gut.  It was a good read and it moved well. It tied in other character in the series.  It made me laugh and I found it engaging.  I just didn’t swoon like I often do with this author.

Definitely worth reading though.

Rating: B

*ARC provided by author for review

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The Suffragette Scandal
by Courtney Milan
Release Date: July 15, 2015

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