Freshly returned from a harrowing visit home, Hazel is ready to put the past behind her. Trouble is, the past may have other ideas.
Hazel’s romantic life has never been more fulfilled than since she’s met Dylan and Ward. With so many secrets and false starts between them, their unconventional threeway relationship shouldn’t work as well as it does. But if recent events have proven anything, it’s that Hazel has a habit of underestimating the boys. She’s ready to start trusting more and doomsaying less if that’s what it takes to cement their relationship into something more permanent. Only ex-boyfriend Malcolm’s surprise return throws her plans into disarray.
Torn between her too-good-to-be-true lovers and the lure of an old flame, Hazel must juggle fresh hurt and new secrets in one final balancing act.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, fisting and M/M content as well as references to sexual coersion.
The Face of Scandal by Helena Maeve left my heart bounding and my emotions in turmoil. What a way to end Ms. Maeve’s Surface Tension series. The book was everything I’d hoped for and more.
The Face of Scandal started where A Smile as Sweet as Poison left off. Ward, Dylan and Hazel are well on their way to relationship routine, or at least as much as the three hot-blooded lovers can muster. Ms. Maeve adds a twist into their non-conventional lives―Malcolm, Penelope and Sadie. No spoilers, but the twists and turns integrated into the book were not what I expected but oh so enhanced the storyline.
Malcolm’s snake-like personality radiated through the tale. I needed him to go away and leave Hazel in peace. Ms. Maeve delivers Malcolm's retribution in so-fitting fashion. Thank you!
Sadie becomes a more vital part of book three and shows her true colors.
As for the three main characters, Dylan, Ward and Hazel―all I can say is YES! Their relationship finally takes root and the author allowed us insight into each’s psyche, thus precipitating why each one acts as he/she does and how they truly feel about each other.
In my previous reviews of books 1 & 2, I was always skeptical of Ward and his closed-off attitude. Well, I am no longer skeptical or unsure of him. I loved Ward. More shy and stoic than standoffish, Ward was a lover not a fighter, and for all his dominant traits, he too wanted to be taken care of. Dylan was just the man to give both Hazel and Ward what they desired.
Together the three characters fit like a jigsaw puzzle. Yes they each had their prickly edges and nuances, but together their bond was unbreakable and steadfast―especially in their desire to make each other happy and their resounding love.
Helena Maeve delivered a series which has gone to this reader’s top ten list and one that I’ll enjoy rereading. The Face of Scandal ―Hazel―had the last laugh.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
A five handcuff review