Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel Series (# 2)
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages:  352
Source: book provided by Edelweiss for review

 

 

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 . . .

 

Review: I’m a huge fan of regency romances where the hero falls for the woman he’s supposed to be protecting i.e. helping get married off.

I immediately loved Warnick, LOVED him! I loved how vastly different he was from his English counterparts, they didn’t call him the Brute duke for no reason, after all. He’s the type of hero that pretends not to care what people are thinking–but is at the same time hiding an epic secret, one that, when it was finally revealed, was a doozy.

Lily is…naive. Naive and in love or so she thinks, until the object of her affection screws her over in a major way by threatening to expose a nude photo he’d painted of her…she only agreed to pose because she loved him and now that he’s threatening her, she’s heartbroken–and angry. All her life Lily has basically been thrust upon the next dukes kindness, never really belonging anywhere. I can’t tell you how many times I choked up over the fact that nobody really touched her when she was little, the author weaves an incredible story of a woman strength despite the fact that she was ignored most of her life. She even takes rooms closer to the servants because she wants to hear their laughter. Its absolutely gut wrenching and immediately makes you feel sorry for her. Typically, I would get annoyed over the fact that she constantly argues with Warnick about getting married off, after all she’s his Ward now. But I get why she would want love–she’s never had it.

Warnick has secrets of his own though…ones that, I was a bit confused about at first, but eventually we see why he pushes young Lily away so much and why he thinks he doesn’t deserve her. I wanted to smack him across the head so many times. He was constantly at war with his own feelings and in the end, its not he who saves the day…but a she. Which is what makes this story so special. Its not your typical I’m going t push you away from my darkness then finally realize it in the end and claim to love you.

Nope. Not at all. The spin on this story is incredible. The banter hilarious. The feels–all over the place. I cried. I laughed. And I adored this regency, it’s probably one of my favorite ones I’ve read in a while!