Author: Minerva Spencer
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…
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…
[Notorious #1 Review]
Outrageous is a continuation of The Rebels of the Ton series where now the readers focus on a new potential couple. This one takes place after Notorious (#1) ends and sets up the third novel, Infamous. I continue to love the covers of this series as they are lovely and I love the silhouettes. I was very excited to read this story as it featured two characters as the mains when they were both secondary in the previous novel.
Eva de Courtney is the 19-year-old step-sister of Gabriel, the love interest in the first novel, and the best friend of Drusilla, the main character from the first novel. After learning about a plot by Godric Fleming, the Earl of Visel and the heir to the Duke of Tyndale, involving kidnapping of Drusilla, Eva decides to take it in her own hands to stop him. She ends up kidnapping him without thinking about the consequences of these actions. Godric and Eva are slow-burn enemies to lovers’ story that was set into motion by Eva involving herself with Godric and kidnapping him. Although they may not like each other, they have a lot of chemistry between them and maybe this relationship could work if either of them put in the effort.
There is a large (17 year) age difference between the two characters as Eva is 19 and Godric is 36. For me, I did not mind the age difference as I know plenty of couples with large differences who have successful relationships. In the era of the story, the age differences were also not unheard of, so it did not bother me. However, at times, I did wish that there were different wording choices as Godric referred to Eva as a child or a girl fresh out of the schoolyard, which tended to come across as cringe-y. I feel that perhaps different wording could have kept the sediments the same without triggering a creepy vibe from him, at times. If a reader is not comfortable with this larger age difference, I would recommend that they give this novel a skip as the difference is brought up multiple times. For me, their circumstances where they must marry after being alone together to not be shunned from society is what brought them together rather than each actively seeking out someone older/younger.
Eva stood out as a character as she was feisty, but she tended to act before thinking it through. I love that she was not afraid to just be herself and she was open to romance, but she never wanted to be in a position where she is controlled. I think this is where I liked Godric as a potential partner as he may not have agreed with Eva’s way of life at first, but he accepted her and tried to support her as best as he could for the time period. My main wish for Godric is his personality “change” from the first novel. Once I finished this novel and his background is revealed, his personality made a lot of sense. However, I just wish he was a little bit more like the Lord Visel from the first novel and then gradually became the man in this novel rather than the seemingly sudden change.
Overall, this was a fun sequel in the series and I would definitely want to continue and read the next one. While it did not quite live up to Notorious, for me, there were a lot of excellent elements that made this a good read. I love Eva’s independence and Godric’s support. While Eva started off a little immature, she grew a lot over the course of the novel. Godric opened up a lot as the story went on and I liked how he treated Eva by the end. Godric lets Eva be who she is and Eva does the same, so the author did a great job in pairing these characters together. Again, I cannot wait to see the story that accompanies are next couple when the newest novel in the series releases!
**I give a special thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Kensington Books, for the opportunity to read this entertaining novel. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.**