A Season for Scandal
This book is made up of two previously published Stephanie Laurens novels, namely Tangled Reins and Fair Juno. Both novels are set in the Regency era. Tangled Reins, Ms. Laurens’ first novel, is the story of Miss Dorothea Darent. Dorothea believes herself on the shelf at 22 because of her plain looks and independent spirit. She is quite happy with her status until she meets her neighbor, the rakish Lord Hazelmere. Fair Juno tells the story of the Earl of Merton, friend to Lord Hazelmere. He is frustrated when his plans are cancelled and he must return home to deal with the estate problems caused by his family. When he accidentally finds himself rescuing a lady on his way back to London, he realizes the cloud of obligations he must face might have a silver lining. Both of these Regency stories are mildly entertaining, but the pacing is slow and the plots are very similar. Ms. Laurens’ popularity grew with her later works, particularly the Cynster and Bastion Club series, written in the historical romance genre.