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When I finished the audiobook “When the Marquess Met His Match (An American Heiress in London, #1) I was so captivated by Laura Lee Guhrke. She weaved together such an interesting storyline that I jumped on my local library for the chance to read something else by her. When I saw “Sandal of the Year” on audiobook I jumped at the chance to check it out.
Needless to say, I loved it! First! What an amazing heroine. Julia was everything! She was frustrating, endearing, tough, and vulnerable! I absolutely adored her! The author was so creative with her character that I just wanted to know more about Julia. Who is she? Why is she like this? Why is she such a conniver? Well, the author answered ALL these questions and more! Loved her!
Aidan Carr, the Duke of Trathen was also such a fantastic hero! They were a wonderful pair!!! To fully appreciate Aidan it’s important to realize just how much he went through with Julia. When the story starts, page one, Julia is getting a divorce from her then husband because she had an affair with Aidan. This, of course, is sucking because of the time period but also because Aidan is really the epitome of all that is proper. Both Julia and Aidan were in the previous books but I did not read or hear them-yet! From the back story we understand that Aidan had two failed engagements. Beatrice, Julia’s cousin, basically dumps him for the love of her life.
Aidan and Julia have known each other for many years. He met her before she was to be married to her husband. Aidan and Julia could not be more different. She is outgoing, friendly social. He is more reserved and proper. Julia likes to smoke and drive her Mercedes and Aidan is a quiet and responsible citizen looking for a wife to build a family with.
Julia feels awful that she dragged Aidan into the middle of her scandal but she is desperate to escape her husband. The wagging tongues of society have her pegged as a light skirt and although everyone is scandalized they are more shocked that she had an affair with Aidan, of all people. Although Julia dragged Aidan into the middle of a scandal when she has serious financial problems, she turns to Aidan and he offers her a job. Needless to say there are so many layers to Julia. Her story is so rich that it’s impossible not to love her and really want her to have a happily-ever-after. Aidan really was her prince in shining armor.
I absolutely loved the story, the characters and the plot! One of my favorites, hands down!
Anne Flosnik, the narrator, was phenomenal. She really got Julia and Aidan. She was able to distinguish their personalities perfectly and I really enjoyed her narration.
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