Monday, April 1, 2024

REVIEW: The Art of Scandal by Regina Black



The Art of Scandal came highly recommended by tons of writers and readers I really respect, so when I saw it on sale I snagged it to read over a break. 

This novel has all of the things I think wou"Love would be so much easier if it were perfect..." 

On the night of her husband Matt’s fortieth birthday, Rachel Abbott receives a sexy, explicit text from her husband that she quickly realizes was meant for another woman. Divorce is inevitable, and Rachel is determined not to leave her thirteen-year marriage empty handed. Meanwhile, Matt, a rising star mayor with his eye on the White House, can’t afford a messy split in the middle of his reelection campaign. They strike a deal: Rachel gets one million dollars and their lavish house in the wealthy DC suburb of Oasis Springs, as long as she keeps playing the ideal Black trophy wife until the election.

Then Rachel meets Nathan Vasquez, a very handsome, very lost twenty-six-year-old artist, and their connection makes Rachel forget about being the perfect politician’s wife. As Rachel reawakens Nathan’s long-dormant artistic aspirations, their attraction becomes impossible to resist. But secrets are hard to keep in a town like Oasis Springs, and Nathan has a few of his own. With the risk of scandal looming and their hearts on the line, they’ll have to decide whether the possibility of losing everything is worth taking a chance on love. 

The Art of Scandal is a sizzling, conversation-starting debut about rekindling passion, the transformative power of art, and finding love in unexpected places. ld make it go viral: a salacious premise of an older woman, Rachel, and a younger man, Nathan, a potential political scandal, commentary of class and sex and sexism and race and ageism and the hypocrisy of so many things, as well as secrets and lies. So many good things going on and while I definitely enjoyed it--it was a 3.5 to 4 star read for me--I think the thing that held me back from LOVING it like so many was that it was a little slow for me. It needed to be. Regina Black was exploring all the dynamics that went into her characters and their decisions and skimping on that would've made the novel feel flat. 

The synopsis tells you the outline of the story of these two, but it's the way they are drawn and filled in that makes this story what it is--one filled with two lost souls, trying to find themselves and somehow find each other. It's about figuring out who you are and who you want to be and conquering the natural fears that come with that knowledge. It's also filled with passion and love and grief and hope and one that I think many will enjoy. 



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