(Scandal & Scoundrel #2)
by Sarah MacLean
Published: August 30th 2016
by HarperCollins Publishers
Sarah MacLean’s witty, sexy, and smart second novel in her Scandal & Scoundrel series: A SCOT IN THE DARK. This book features a sexy Scot, his young ward, and her a scandalous secret…
More about these delicious characters below, but one more note about this amazing book: this is Sarah’s self-proclaimed “feminist novel,” and while it takes place in Regency England, there are themes (and characters!) that readers will see cropping up with just as much relevancy today: from slut-shaming to celebrity, this book has something for everyone. Read on to meet:
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…
A SCOT IN THE DARK was an excellent read! I love historical romances and I readily admit Sarah MacLean is one of my must-read authors. She consistently delivers everything that does it for me… romance, humor, sexy leading men with titles and a hero complex, strong intelligent female leads, undeniable passion, well-developed characters, and in this case, a seemingly unreasonable situation. Scandals and Scoundrels? Bring it on! I can’t wait to backtrack and read the first book in this series, The Rogue Not Taken.
Lillian Hargrove was incredible, vulnerable, intelligent, tough as nails, witty, beautiful beyond compare, and after being completely fooled by a man she believed loved her, determined to be in charge of her own future. Truly a magnificent heroine. She was certainly not going to rely a Scotsman who hadn’t bothered to even acknowledge her until now.
Alec, the reluctant Duke of Warnick, stays as far away from everything to do with England as he possibly can even after he suddenly, and rather amazingly, inherits his title, numerous properties, and an unbelievable fortune. He’s completely content with his life in Scotland until he discovers he also inherited a ward and the young women needs his help with the trouble she’s in… a scandal that will ruin her for sure if something isn’t done.
These two did not get off to a good start and were at odds for most of the story. Alec determined to meet his responsibilities by “handling” her and finding a titled gent to marry her. In the mean time, Lily vows she’ll only marry for love and makes her own plans. For a young woman who’s been neglected most of her life and hasn’t been “out” she leads him on a merry chase. Lily’s story is sad, but she’s a surefire which made for some amazing scenes. Alec is a large man and cruel words from an ex-lover make him ashamed of his size, but for someone who considers himself a brute he could really be kind. And gentle. And extremely sexy! In this wonderfully written enemies to friends story they save each other. A perfect HEA!
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.