Review – Scandalized by: Ivy Owens

A one-night stand between two old childhood friends turns into something more, but when a scandal threatens to tear them apart, they must decide how hard to fight for love—a steamy romance written under the pseudonym Ivy Owens by Christina Lauren coauthor Lauren Billings.

Exhausted and on deadline with a story that could make or break her career, investigative journalist Georgia Ross is on the verge of a meltdown when a cancelled flight leaves her stuck in the airport overnight. But when a familiar face appears—the older brother of her childhood friend—and offers help, Gigi seems to have caught a break.

Alec Kim is handsome, humble, and kind—exactly the sort of man that Gigi has forgotten existed after her own painful heartbreaks. An evening of reconnection followed by a night of no-strings-attached passion with Alec feels like a gift—that is, until Gigi finally realizes that their childhood connection isn’t the only reason he seems so familiar to her.

Alec is determined to prove to Gigi that he is truly the man she thinks he is, even if it means coming clean about his fame—and his family’s connection to the story Gigi’s been working so hard to break. But as their feelings for each other grow deeper, Gigi and Alec must navigate a new reality…one where both of their hard-won careers are put directly in the path of an international scandal.

“You’re going to make me love you, aren’t you?”
He doesn’t even falter, in step or breath. He says only, “I’m sure going to try.”

Devoured this spicy yet perfect romance. Easily a 5 star rating from me, I could not get enough

Alec Kim, you wonderful, sexy, Korean man you. Not only do I already love Asian men, but this one in particular is just swoon-worthy. On the other side, our MC, Georgia is such a wonderful woman to follow. I really like how much she knows herself and the strength she exudes throughout the book. She is confident not just in herself and her abilities, but her relationships.

“You’re a hot guy. You should be dating.”
“You’re a beautiful woman. You shouldn’t be lied to.”

I absolutely adore how Ivy Owens spotlighted long relationships and how it is okay to have a low number of partners regardless of the reason. It wasn’t a huge focus, but it was quietly snuck in there and if I am only one of the few readers it reached… just know it is appreciated to see.

Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed was the age of Alec and Gigi (27 and 33). It is the stage of life I am currently in and I feel like a lot of book focus on the post-college or skip right to late 30s. Speaking on aspects of the story… this book is SPICYYYY. Of course my gutter-brain loved each moment.

Overall, this is such a fantastic story that I blew through in 24 hours. It’s addicting, sexy, and everything you want a romance to be. If you’re looking for a book to get you out of a slump, or a book that you will not want to put down… this is it!

– 5 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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