Review: Miss Watson’s First Scandal by Heather Boyd

Print Length: 99 pages
Publisher: LLD Press (March 11, 2012)

From Overworked London banker David Hawke has two goals for his week in the seaside town of Brighton: one, demand repayment of a debt without losing a valued friendship and two, relax for the remaining holiday without further distractions—except he encounters his friend’s newly confident younger sister. Abigail Watson is flirty, bold, and determined David will agree to her bargain and save her brother from debtor’s prison. But is her game to prevent him from calling in the debt, or are her sweet kisses a sign she is after a much greater prize instead?


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

There were a few aspects of this novella that (for me) did not feel the time period. These characters supposedly live in close proximity to each other, and yet no one noticed Abigail coming in, or going out of David's house unchaperoned? Granted, the reader knows that nothing happened between them (most of the time), but I have seen characters in the same time period forced into marriage over less. 

However - even with the fast pace of the story and the suddenness in which these characters find themselves together - I still enjoyed watching them navigate the tricky path to romance. 

I will say that the ending of this particular novella was very underwhelming. I was expecting to see the two main characters either at their wedding, or at some point in the future - so what we got left me wanting. 

Overall, I think this was a nice set up for future novels (and hopefully in those we get to see more of David and Abigial), and I believe that those who enjoy a decently written regency novel (even if it includes some premarital relations)  will also enjoy this one.

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