Bombshell by Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon Books
Publish Date: August 24, 2021
Synopsis: After years of living as London’s brightest scandal, Lady Sesily Talbot has embraced the reputation and the freedom that comes with the title. No one looks twice when she lures a gentleman into the dark gardens beyond a Mayfair ballroom…and no one realizes those trysts are not what they seem.
No one, that is, but Caleb Calhoun, who has spent years trying not to notice his best friend’s beautiful, brash, brilliant sister. If you ask him, he’s been a saint about it, considering the way she looks at him…and the way she talks to him…and the way she’d felt in his arms during their one ill-advised kiss.
Except someone has to keep Sesily from tumbling into trouble during her dangerous late-night escapades, and maybe close proximity is exactly what Caleb needs to get this infuriating, outrageous woman out of his system. But now Caleb is the one in trouble, because he’s fast realizing that Sesily isn’t for forgetting…she’s forever. And forever isn’t something he can risk.
Disclosure: ARC provided for an honest review. #partner
I really enjoyed this one! Another Sarah MacLean hit!
Bombshell is such a fun story of a secret society of women filled with intelligence, power, and quick wit. Also? This had a great mix of romance and story, filled with character development for both main characters – that I wanted to know about and that I felt invested in!
Sesily was someone that had full control of her persona, and owned every fiber of her being. She knew who she was and controlled the aspects of her life – society be damned! But most importantly? She was surrounded by women who lifted each other up and had loyalty like no other. We need more stories that remind us that we choose our own circles and can bask in them.
As for Caleb? Well, there’s something about him that you just instantly feel invested in. The friend with unrequited love that had self deprecating reasons to not just go for what he wanted? Yes. Were there TONS of angst and tension? You bet. And the secret of his story? Loved every minute of it.
But what I appreciated the most was the fact that every aspect of this story was able to shine on it’s own, but that it all complimented the plot nicely. I never felt distracted enough to just skip ahead. And that is saying something about MacLean’s talent.
*Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*