Essex's SCANDAL IN THE NIGHT is an historical novel that was a captivating read and was paced differently whether in India or England and whether Cat was getting herself tangled in adventures or not. She has a good heart but is taken advantage of by her aunt while living with them in India but doesn't mind since she's part of a family and loves caring for her cousins. Cat longs for a family of her own throughout and this was an underlying theme and I could feel her need pressing on her. Cat and Tanvir had immediate chemistry and it shown through no matter who they were. The descriptions of India and the desert made me feel that I was there. The only difficulty was with some of the foreign words that were used to bring the story to life as well as the caste system. When the storyline switched to England it was like I was part of a different story but was reunited with some of the Jellicoe family we've met in previous books but especially in A BREATH OF SCANDAL. It was great to connect with Thomas' brother Jeffrey and his wife Cassandra. There were adventures, some good and some with evil and dark undertones, family, friends, the military in India, happiness, tears, sorrows, children, horses, romance and love. Watching Cat fight her love for Thomas was sad at times but watching him fight for her throughout was rewarding as well as his arguments trying to convince her of his love. There was a happily ever after that nicely tied up the loose ends and the epilogue gave wonderful closure.
I hope there will be additional books in the RECKLESS BRIDES SERIES since I've enjoyed all three of them so far - ALMOST A SCANDAL, A BREATH OF SCANDAL and the current book, SCANDAL IN THE NIGHT. Essex also has written other books and I look forward to reading them as well. She will be on my TBR pile for sure.