Source: purchased for Kindle.
Genre: historical romance.
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’m a big fan of Sarah MacLean, so I had a preorder out for this one for a long time. I was so excited to read it! I loved the first book of the Scandal & Scoundrel series, The Rogue Not Taken, though for some reason I never reviewed it here on the blog. *shrug*
A Scot in the Dark (I just love her titles) is a tale of Alec, one gruff Scot who inherits a dukedom after a series of misfortunate events eliminates seventeen of previous heirs. And nobody informs him that he also inherited a ward, one Lillian Hargrove, muse to the most famous painter in London.
After a scandal breaks out – Lily posed for a portrait thinking the painter would be the only one who’d ever see it, so you can imagine what kind of a portrait it is – Alec is summoned to town to help her and clear her name (somehow). This is, for him, an equivalent of pulling teeth, as he hates everything to do with England, however, he soon finds out that Lily has plans of her own – plans that don’t necessarily match his own.
Naturally, the two feel a powerful attraction to each other, you can’t have it any other way in romances, but I did find the love part a bit rushed – they’ve only known each other for ten days. But hey, that’s all you need sometimes.
Alec is one of those huge, hulking heroes that can be hit or miss for me. He’s gruff and powerful – but luckily doesn’t act like a total Neanderthal (with the exception of breaking down one door). I’m saying this because I recently read a novel (a contemporary, even) where the hero was basically an ape with (questionable) speech faculties and I hated the cliché so. much. I didn’t even want to write a ranty review, I was so disgusted. Alec, however, resents the public opinion that has formed around his big stature and goes to great lengths to prove that he’s not actually a brute.
I’m not a huge fan of “I’m not good enough for you so I’ll find you a better husband” trope but even that didn’t lessen my enjoyment. MacLean’s writing is just that good. Her romances are always on top of my to-buy list and this one was just perfect for my last evening as a pregnant lady. :)
I am very excited for her next book, The Day of the Duchess, which is supposedly coming in April 2017! Thank the skies for romance authors who actually write fast and publish two books a year! :)
Have you read A Scot in the Dark? What did you think?
I’d love to hear from you! :)