I absolutely adored this latest book by Sarah MacLean. A SCOT IN THE DARK was a lovely read that was witty and charming and both funny and sad at times. It was a captivating story from beginning to end.
I won't be recapping the plot as the blurb for this book is indicative of what happened. It was the brilliantly written though to show up all the nuances that led to Lily's downfall. How lonely a person must be to spend their life alone and craving the simplest touch. Loneliness was the emotion that made her stray down the path to ruin, but strength was what finally freed her in the end. Alec had his own scars and regrets that caused him to eschew a real relationship. Sarah McLean imbued these two characters with an emotional depth that was, as usual, amazing. She also gave them a wonderful sense of humor. Their banter provided a few laughs that I couldn't hold in no matter who was in the room.
"Shall we discuss the scandal?
Her cheeks burned. She didn't like it. "Is there a scandal?"
He turned to look at her. "You tell me."
"Well, I imagine the news that you broke down the door in broad daylight will get around."
Subtlety is one of this author's fortes, so all along there were tidbits dropped as this disillusioned pair thoroughly charmed the reader with wit and strength and stubborn vulnerabilities. They went head to head, at cross purposes, bickering and falling more in love with every page, yet each one afraid of rejection. Of course, love won in the end but it didn't come without sacrifice, and that was perhaps the most beautiful moment of this story.
As usual, the writing in this book was absolutely flawless, beautiful and entertaining. I loved it and devoured every page. So I am happy to say that A SCOT IN THE DARK is one of this year’s not to be missed historical romances.
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 . . .