My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/recommended-reviews/november-2012-recommended-reads/three-schemes-and-a-scandal-by-maya-rodale
Though she’s made a promise not to concoct any more schemes, Lady Charlotte Brandon simply can’t help herself. She has a friend in need of matchmaking and she knows just the gentleman who’d be the perfect husband: her childhood companion, James Beauchamp. Only Charlotte’s schemes have a way of going wrong, which is how she finds herself locked in a folly with James. Charlotte certainly doesn’t want to marry James herself
, no matter the scandal that would occur if they were found together. She still hasn’t quite forgiven him for the disaster that ended their friendship when she was twelve.
It may have been years since James last spoke to Charlotte, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still spot one of her schemes a mile away. But the spirited girl he once knew with a taste for madcap adventures has turned into, well, a beautiful, spirited woman with a taste for madcap adventures. And though James hadn’t planned on being drawn into one of Charlotte’s schemes, he soon realizes that he doesn’t want to be without Charlotte, outrageous ideas and all.
With a lot of planning — and perhaps a touch of luck — James will turn the tables on Charlotte, causing a scandal that could win the heart of his beloved schemer.
Like a glass of champagne, Three Schemes and a Scandal is bright, bubbly, and wholly delicious. Charlotte and James’s romance is my absolute favorite story of Maya Rodale’s to date! Charlotte is intelligent, clever, funny, and kindhearted. I almost wish she were real, just so I could have her as a friend. She causes quite a bit of trouble, true, but she always has the best of intentions. James is truly her perfect match. He’s smart enough to keep up with Charlotte and he values her vivacious spirit and sense of adventure. Both separately and together these two were a delight to read about. I honestly could not stop smiling the entire time I read Three Schemes and a Scandal. Ms. Rodale has outdone herself with Charlotte and James’s story, for it is so much fun that I want to read it over and over and over again.
I could detail all the antics that take place in Three Schemes and a Scandal, but even if I could do the story justice by summarizing the highlights (which I couldn’t), revealing what takes place in Three Schemes and a Scandal would ruin the joy of discovery for readers. So I’ll keep mum on the plot and simply say that Three Schemes and a Scandal is one of the best stories I’ve read this year. Charlotte and James’s novella is a must read for anyone who enjoys a lively, entertaining historical romance. What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy and enjoy this sparkling, romantic romp!