By Nicola Davidson
Lady Janet Fraser didn’t earn her reputation as Scotland’s most notorious sinner by following the rules. A former mistress of King James IV, she’s content to live her life from pleasure to pleasure. Even if those pleasures—and people—are forbidden.
People like Sir Lachlan Ross, given the moniker The Highland Beast, a man as intimidating in battle as he is in size. A beast she discovers secretly wishes to be tamed and submit to her dominance.
Or like her new ward, Lady Marjorie Hepburn, a convent-raised virgin with a desire to be taught all the sensual secrets of the marriage bed. Things that Janet is fully willing to teach her, again and again. There’s much for her to learn.
And forbidden pleasures like the three of them together in one bed.
But Lachlan and Marjorie both have ties to the king. As wicked lusts are indulged and affection unexpectedly grows into love, breaking the rules this time could mean all of their undoing…
I hardly have words for how much I loved this book. I’ve been looking forward to Scandalous Passions for over a year and loved Nicola Davidson’s update tweets about the book. I was a history major in college and discovered romance through my love of historical fiction. So a romance novel about a former mistress of James IV of Scotland was right up my alley. Anyone who has read my reviews before knows that I love triad romances, whether they are MMF or FFM. I love everyone being in a relationship with each other. It’s a complex thing to pull off, molding three different relationships and personalities into one that works well and I think Nicola Davidson does an excellent job of it. Janet especially has insecurities from her past and they need to be addressed in order for a relationship between the three to work.
Each of the characters, Marjorie, Janet, and, Lachlan have all been well-written and in a way that a relationship between the three makes sense. They each have their own agency and desires and watching them all fall in love is a thing of beauty. That paired with the lush historical surroundings that Nicola Davidson paints is in a word, breathtaking. I would be remiss if I didn’t include how absolutely steamy this book is. There was romantic scenes between all of the pairings and the sensuality leads into a deep and bonding love. Honestly, this book was everything I wanted and more.