Series: The Luxe (#2)
Release date: June 3, 2008
This series just gets better and better. Rumors was just as awesome as The Luxe was. It might have even been more awesome. There was more scandal, more gossip, and more romance, and I loved every word of it.SUMMARY MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise. All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency. As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal...or more precious than a secret.
I hated Penelope Hayes in The Luxe, and I hated her even more in Rumors. She's such a horrible person. She's mean, she's manipulative, and she has no problem turning against someone in an instant. She is the kind of character I love to hate.
I loved all of the scandal in the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen. I knew exactly how I wanted things to go, and which characters I was pulling for. I was so happy when things went their way, and when things didn't go their way, I was heartbroken. I really feel for the characters. One of my favorite things is how gossip is presented to us as news snippets. It's just awesome. And I love getting the gossip from the characters, because what the characters are willing to gossip about shows us more about who the characters are. Plus, it's like hearing it from a friend. I love all the secrets and rumors and as the reader, being the only one who knows what's true and what isn't. The gossip and scandal in this series is pure fun.
Elizabeth and Diana's relationship has progressed beautifully. I love it that in Rumors, they fully support each other, and that their sibling rivalry is not what it used to be. It's so obvious how the events in The Luxe, and in Rumors, have changed and shaped them. Godbersen did a fantastic job of creating characters who grow and change as the novels progress.
And of course, there's the romance. Oh, the romance. I adore every single romantic aspect in these novels. Will is completely swoon-worthy, and in his own way, Henry is, too. I felt so giddy reading all the romantic aspects in Rumors.
I also have to talk about the cover for Rumors, which isn't something I normally do in my reviews. But oh my gosh, I love, love, love the covers of these books, especially the cover for Rumors. I want the red dress!!! It is so freaking gorgeous. All the dresses on the covers are, of course, but the red one is definitely my favorite.
I wasn't planning on buying this series, since I can get them from the library, but I have changed my mind. These books need to be on my shelves, they are that gorgeous and that good. I am in love with this series.