Title: A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2)
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...
Author: Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #2
Published by Avon Source: Publisher
Published: August 30, 2016
Genres: Regency Romance
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So, this one fell a bit flat for me. I couldn’t get behind Lily from the start. I felt for her as her lover – whom she thought she was to marry – publicly disgraced her in a completely ruinous way, but I couldn’t buy into why she trusted the man. I know she was lonely and ignored her entire life, but perhaps that’s why I couldn’t connect with this character? I am not sure…but what I am sure of is that I found Lily to be unlikeable and desperate.
The two main characters had no chemistry, and for the life of me, I couldn’t feel anything between them even as they began to fall in love. I wanted to – I mean, this is Sarah MacLean, one of my favorite regency authors – but there wasn’t anything for me to sink my teeth into. I was told over and over how Alec was a good man – but I was given no clues as to why he believed he was good for only one thing (of which I wasn’t allowed to know until far too late in the novel – by then I just didn’t care enough). I didn’t see any character growth in him, nor any maturing from Lily, for me to desperately wish for their happy ending.
On the plus side, the writing was fantastic, as Sarah MacLean can certainly give me a regency world that I can fall into. Her secondary characters and setting descriptions are what got me through this book. I’m not sure I’ll be reading the rest of this series simply because the pattern is a little predictable – the heroine screws up, the hero rushes in to save her, she decides she can save herself, and happy ending. I’ve nothing against any of that – but with this particular story (and the first in the series as well), I felt that I could pinpoint almost to the page as to when each of those events would happen. I want to get lost in a book, and I couldn’t do that here. So, back I’ll go to her Love by Numbers series.