Scandalous Brides Author:Amanda McCabe Together for the first time... Two beloved regency classics In Scandal in Venice, Lady Elizabeth Everdean flees to Italy after the man who was to be her husband is killed. Sir Nicholas Hollingsworth is sent by her brother to capture the runaway, but it is this rake's heart that is captured by Elizabeth... Carmen Montero falls in love with Pe... more »ter Everdean, the Earl of Clifton, on a Spanish battlefield in The Spanish Bride. While each believes the other has been killed during the war, coincidence pulls these souls back together-but pride and dark secrets try to diminish their joy. Will love be victorious?« less
This in my first experience reading Amanda McCabe's work. I was not impressed. Scandalous Brides is a 2-in-1 book including the titles 'Scandal in Venice' (Elizabeth Everdean's story) and 'The Spanish Bride' (Peter Everdean's story). I had all I could do to finish Scandal in Venice. It started out sounding good, but left so many interesting points hanging (the death of the Duke and how Elizabeth escaped). The author gave Elizabeth a backbone after 2 years in Venice away from Peter, her step-brother. Peter sent our hero, Nicholas, to Italy to find Elizabeth and bring her back by whatever means necessary. Nicholas couldn't do it because he fell in love with her. Later, when Peter showed up to bring her back, she followed him like a sheep rather than standing up to him. The ending was rather weak even though Nick and Elizabeth did get together again.
I didn't feel interested enough in Peter to even begin reading his story. So I left it there.
I have several of her other works on my TBR shelves. I won't let this one experience stop me from trying her other stuff. I'll give her one more try before I pass final judgment on this author's work.