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This is the first book of Karen Robards BANNING SISTERS SERIES. SCANDALOUS is Gabriella's story, the eldest sister. The second book is IRRESISTIBLE, story of the second sister, Claire Banning (there is no exact date out for this book yet). She was described as the most beautiful of the three sisters and most charming. She was THE big boom during her coming out season. So, I can't wait to see who she ended up falling in love with. I am assuming that the third book would be about Elizabeth or Beth as she is called by her family. She is the youngest and the most mischievous, spunky and witty. Now, that too would be a fun read. No title or date out for that book yet.
Gabriella is most certainly one of my many historical favorite heroines of all times. Gabriella is the most practical and sufficient of the three sisters. She has courage, intelligence and spunk. Her character was fully developed and detailed that you just can't help but like her. Admire her. Karen Robards wrote about Gabby's inner self, her thoughts, her past, even her fears and dreams, that is why I was a bit disappointed in Nick's character development. I didn't know much about him (only few facts and figures) even in the end when confessions were told. I guess it is practical to described less of him considering his hidden or secret identity, however, I wish there was more of Nick's past, perhaps his fears and/or dreams, to make him more convincing or more real. Nick is often times away for days and I don't know where or what he does other than a quick summary of him looking for Marcus' murderer. I also prefer the hero and the heroine to spend more time together, developing their affection for each other. Getting to know each other. In this book, Karen Robards pretty much blended the suspense/mystery with romance which sadly to say, I couldn't help but want more (more romance, more of the H/H together). BUT Like I said, I understand it is necessary for Karen Robards to distant Nick's character in order for the suspense and thrill to be absorbed by the reader, that is why I rate this book a 4 stars. Perhaps in the 2nd book of this series, KR will make it up by adding a lot of updates of Nick & Gabby.
The initial plot of this book is actually very intriguing. The mystery is exciting. Some humor and a lot of detailed description of the Banning sisters. I guess you can say that this book is a delightful beginning to the Banning Sisters Series. Yes, I find this book somewhat slow in the beginning. But as soon as the story picks up, you wouldn't want to put it down.
I've always enjoy KR's book and this is not an exemption, I'm certainly looking forward to reading Claire and Beth's story as soon as it is out in the market.