Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Review - - Lady Scandal

Lady Scandal
by Laura Lee Guhrke
Scandal at the Savoy - Book 2
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: June 18, 2024
Reviewed by PJ

Delia Stratham is an unconventional woman. While other ladies learned proper decorum at finishing school, she composed naughty limericks and admired the gardener’s muscular legs. So naturally when she’s widowed for the third time, she does the unthinkable: she gets a job. Planning events for the Savoy Hotel is perfect for someone with her skills. But her dream career turns into a nightmare when she’s forced to work with the most annoying—and gorgeous—man she’s ever met.

Hotel magnate Simon Hayden knows something fishy is going on at the Savoy: the hotel is constantly busy, yet the books say it’s in the red. He’s determined to root out the fraud and its perpetrators, and that means spending time with one of the most likely suspects: the delectable, infuriating Lady Stratham. She’s definitely getting in his way and under his skin and he can’t decide whether to fire her or kiss her until she stops arguing. But when the sparks between them flare into flame, Simon must choose between his love for Delia and his duty to the hotel. Will his choice bring them together or tear them apart?

PJ's Thoughts:

I'm really enjoying this new series from Laura Lee Guhrke. I've always liked her working heroines. This one, however, is a bit different. Delia is not from the working class. She's a countess. A happily working countess who is very good at what she does. And, she's not about to let grumpy Simon undo everything she's accomplished. 

Give me a grumpy-sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, Victorian workplace romance set in a luxury London hotel? Yes, please! I was hooked by these two from the get-go. Guhrke gave me a heroine I could enthusiastically root for (everyone loves her!) and a hero nobody likes (at least, nobody at the hotel), then set them on a collision course with sparks galore. Both characters have unseen layers and it was a delight to gradually uncover them, offering insight into their pasts and the reasons behind the people they have become. 

I enjoyed watching Simon, who really is a good man, struggle with his new place in society, his unsavory family history, his beloved sister who is growing up too fast for his liking, and his determination to not fail the people who placed their trust in him, while at the same time fighting the urge to give in to his unexpected feelings for Delia and what they could mean for the task he has been given. 

And Delia was not what I was expecting. I developed so many feelings for this character. I really liked her, admired her, and wanted so badly for her to find her happy ending, both personally and professionally. I loved her joie de vivre, her steadfast resolution, and her loyalty to those around her, especially to those who gave her purpose when she was at her lowest. I also appreciated the organic process in which she both developed feelings for Simon and came to terms with the reality of what was happening at the hotel. It felt authentic to the characters and story.

Be sure to read the author's notes at the end of the book. There are events in the story (I had no idea!) involving secondary characters in the book who were actual (well known) people in real life. It was fascinating to watch it all play out in the story while noting the character's names and asking myself, "Could this really be true?" It was!

If you enjoy historical romance with a slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract, workplace romance, seasoned characters (they're both in their 30's), humor, emotion, a touch of scandal, and a happily ever after, all centered within the luxurious Savoy Hotel, add Lady Scandal to your summer reading list. It's a delicious delight. 


  1. My favorite is enemies to lovers!! I love that angst lol.

  2. Enemies to lovers - always a good idea. I like the fact that generally two people looking at one another and finally truly see one another for the first time. Thanks for the review.