A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean | Bold and enjoyable

August 26, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 6 Comments

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A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean | Bold and enjoyableA Scot in the Dark
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #2
Genres: Historical, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Avon
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren

Miss Lillian Hargrove has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted Duke

The Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to Town

Warnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else's problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It's the perfect plan, until Lily declares she'll only marry for love...and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much...

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Lillian Hargrove is a real beauty that any man would love to have. Unfortunately, she’s been all alone her entire life. Now, there’s a scandal surrounding her, which sets her apart even more. Alec, a Scot who’s the Duke of Warnick, doesn’t want anything to do with London. But when his ward Lillian needs help, his plan is to find her someone to marry.

I liked Lillian right from the start. After what happened, she got stronger, fierce and wouldn’t take bullshit from anyone. I feel like along the way she lost that a little bit and then got it back. Lily knows that she wants to marry Alec. Unfortunately, he thinks he isn’t good enough for her. This Duke shows lots of vulnerability throughout the story. On the outside he’s so big and tough, but in the inside he’s vulnerable, which I loved! I felt so bad for Alec because all his life he heard that he wasn’t the type of man women would marry. He was only good for bed and he truly believed that! It was really sad because he’s actually a great man.

I haven’t read much books that contain a scandal, much less a Historical story with a scandal. I think the author did a great job in fleshing out the scandal and how she portrayed it. It stayed very realistic, especially in a historical setting.

There was lots of witty banter between Lily and Alec. I found myself grinning when they would bicker. It was so fun to read! A few other characters gave so much light to the story! One of those characters is Sesily and I’m seriously hoping she gets her story because she deserves it! She was a great friend to Lily and would make her laugh when she was sad. Sesily is a character I would love to have as a best friend.

“Because all men are addlepated imbeciles who deserve to be strung up by their thumbs in St. James Park and set upon by bees.”

Lily blinked. “That’s terribly creative.”

Sesily smirked. “I may fantasize now and then.”

Overall, A Scot in the Dark is bold and very enjoyable. I’m definitely looking forward to more books in this series.

About Sarah MacLean

New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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