I'm jealous! This guy has a house at the beach!
Logan Montgomery- public defender and son of a prominent judge, could be the poster boy for Sinatra's "I Did It My Way." Shunning the family mansion for an uncluttered beach cabin, a lucrative position with a prestigious Boston law firm for a public defender's job, the glamour of the bright lights political public office for the simple life.
Catherine Logan - 1/2 owner of Pot Luck (w/sister Kayla from "Simply Sinful"). Remember Cat? She's the one who turned into a virtual hellcat, with the fangs and claws, if anyone so much as looked cross-eyed at her sister. Given what I'd read of Cat previously, her tamed portrayal in "Simply Scandalous" came as a big surprise. But then, one could attribute it to the power of love.
Catherine is nothing like the glamour woman people would expect on the arm of Logan Montgomery and perhaps that is her appeal to him. Cat knows she doesn't walk the same social plane as Logan and his family and holds no illusions that, despite Logan's assurances to the contrary, she and him would ever have a future together. He sets out to convince her otherwise, and Cat finds herself falling in love with him. A confrontation with the press at the worst possible time, in the worst possible place, threatens to undermine all that Logan has accomplished in his quest to win Cat's heart, not the least of which is finally standing up to his overbearing, self-centered father. Unfortunately, we are not given a chance to learn much about Logan's mother, only that in the end she helped smooth things over.
The one thing that didn't ring true for me was that Logan's granny prided herself on how well she'd taught her grandson, taking on the role of parent when his mother and father couldn't be bothered. But it bothered me that she thought nothing of conniving to use an innocent woman in a plot of scandal to discredit Logan in the eyes of his father and others who wanted him to run for public office. All of her 'cuteness' aside, I found myself disliking Granny less and less as the story went on. I would much have preferred her to take a less unpalatable path for her grandson's 'scandal.'
Overall, though, "Simply Scandalous" does not disappoint. I do suggest reading the sisters' stories back-to-back, however. Much of their family background is explained in "Simply Sinful."