I think Portrait of a Scandal may have been my first Harlequin Historical, and I very much enjoyed it. I selected this book because it takes place in Paris and it’s about an artist.
Amethyst travels to Paris to make some business connections. She’s a wealthy, independent, single businesswoman, thanks to an aunt who trained her then left her business to her. Amethyst was a disappointment to her family because she didn’t marry well. She fell in love with a man who rejected her and then lost interest in the debutant scene. So her aunt took her in, showed her that she could do just fine without a man.
But while she’s in Paris, she runs into the man who broke her heart. He’s sitting in a restaurant, drawing portraits for the customers. She assumes he’s living in poverty, and he thinks she’s a kept woman. This is just the beginning of some of their misunderstandings – past and present.
The attraction is still there. But they’re both angry and out for revenge. And their attempts to get back at each other makes for a very entertaining, romantic, sexy story.
I liked this book a lot. I especially liked that the heroine was so smart and independent. She was in complete control of her life. She didn’t need a man, but realized it was okay to want one.
Will definitely be looking to read more by this author and more Harlequin Historicals.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.