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Feature book: Innocent’s Nine Month Scandal

14 October 2020

Innocent’s Nine Month Scandal by Dani Collins

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Apr 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Format: ebook and print
Length: 272 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Rozalia (Roz) Toth travels from New York to Budapest in pursuit of one from a pair of earrings which were an engagement present to their grandmother from her fiancé who died before they could marry. Roz is met by anger and suspicion when she meets Count Viktor Rohan, the current owner of the earring. He tells her that his family believes that her (then-pregnant) grandmother stole it from them. They thought it was Roz’s grandmother’s influence that led to his great uncle’s death. As a result, Roz makes no headway towards acquiring the earring, but he does agree to let her see it.

Roz and her cousin, Gisella Drummond, have been looking for the earring for a decade and she refuses to believe anything but the romantic story she’s been told. Mutual physical attraction, between Viktor and Roz, leads to them having dinner together and making love. Roz’s afterglow is shattered when Viktor realises she was a virgin and he didn’t use contraception. Suspicions born from his past cause an argument between them, and Roz storms off, promising to take the morning after pill. On return to her hotel it is too late to get the pill, so she goes to sleep, intending to do it in the morning.

The next morning, Roz is woken by police, who are looking for the earring which was supposedly stolen last night. She is questioned, has her possessions searched and is then charged and taken to prison. That night, Viktor discovers Roz has been arrested, and the woman who his mother wants him to marry, had moved the earring. He ensures the charges are dropped and she is allowed to go free. With paparazzi staking out the hotel, Viktor takes her to his home in the mountains until the publicity dies down. After a day in prison Roz sleeps until midday. Over lunch, she remembers she never took the pill, and Viktor says she must stay with him until they know if she is pregnant.

As a result, Roz is forced to spend time with him. Then she learns she is pregnant and they both have to decide what it means for them as a couple, or as two single adults.

This story is the second book in Ms Collins’ duet of books which begins with A Virgin to Redeem the Billionaire, which I reviewed earlier this year. The beginning of this book is fast paced, and you will soon be cheering on Roz. Viktor does take a little longer to warm up to, but he does redeem himself. I highly recommend reading this book along with its companion to fully enjoy the experience.

reviewed by Tracey

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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