One Touch of Scandal is the first book in a new trilogy by Liz Carlyle. The trilogy revolves around a secret society, Fraternitas Aurea Crucis. Lucifer, Lord Ruthveyn is one such member. He is surprised to find Grace Guathier on the front stoop of the clubhouse in search of help. Grace has been accused of murdering her fiancé. Her father now deceased had told her if she was ever in trouble to find Sergeant Welham. Instead of finding her childhood friend, Grace finds herself ensnared by the dark enigmatic Lord Ruthveyn.
There is a lot going on in One Touch of Scandal. Amongst the romance between Grace and Lucifer there is the mystery surrounding Grace's fiancé. There is also the secret society and its political intrigues and then there is a paranormal/psychic quality to Lucifer's personality. All of these different side-plots were very well thought out. I especially found the murder plot very intriguing. However, with so much going on in the book I thought the romance between Lucifer and Grace suffered some. This could be due to my lack of interest in the political parts of the book, when I would rather to get back to the romance.
I liked Grace's character. She was able to pull Lucifer emotionally out behind the wall he built up around himself. The trust between these two characters was crucial and for both characters. Grace is accused of murder and Lucifer intuitively believes Grace when she says she didn't do it. He never waivers in his belief of her. Similarly, Grace accepts that Lucifer is different and patiently waits for him to trust his secrets to her. I think if the external plot points had been toned down a little I would have enjoyed the story more.
Not my favorite Lz Carlyle book. Too much exposition about the St. James society (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis) plus a kind of weak mystery with little forward progress until the last two chapters where all was neatly wrapped up. The half Indian Adrian Ruthveyn and his sister Anisha were well drawn and interesting, as well as their friend Rance. In fact there were so many interesting characters on the side, it was a real disappointment to see Carlyle chose the least interesting of them for the text book in the series.
It was just difficult to get into the main characters, so many side plots, mostly unresolved, and a lot of secondary and tertiary characters. the book wound up being One Touch of Boring. All in all not a waste of time, but not her best work.
Well, I didn't like this book which is so strange for a Liz Carlyle book. I just could not get into the story or the characters. The characters were not likable nor believable. It seemed patchy to me.