A Scot in the Dark
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 . . .
So, let me just start off by saying that covers like the one on this book always attract me. It lets me take a chance on a book, even if it’s an author I haven’t read before. In this case, that chance was totally worth it! I’m totally in love with this book and author. It’s books like these that make me want to clutch it to my chest and never let go.
I love a heroine that is scandalous. But it’s with a great vulnerability to her character and a sort of naiveté that causes Lily to fall from grace. A victim of a very talented but yet douche of an artist, she finds herself humiliated in front of society and subject to disgrace and torment. It’s a little heartbreaking to read. The reader knows before the heroine does, that her ruin is imminent and so sad, that Lily’s character endeared me right then and there. I was hooked into the storyline and with each chapter with a header that reads like a scandal sheet, it summarized the chapter perfectly. It was so entertaining.
In order to lighten the mood, humor played a big role.
There were a lot of instances in this story where I literally laughed out loud. One of them included a dog dress, but really it was the interaction between Lily and her Scottish Brute, Alec.
Talking about chaperones and their behaviors, Lily starts:
“I know they are not supposed to loom,” she snapped.
“I’m not looming”
“You are nearly seven feet tall. All you do is loom.”
*snort* I loved their banter and their witty repartee.
Our Alpha hero has issues…
Mr. Scottish Brute cannot get over the fact that he is not good enough for anybody. His secret is slow to reveal, so watch out for that. It might be even more scandalous than Lily’s! However, his back and forth between his feelings was like watching a tennis match. Seriously, he need a good shake and slap to get his act together. With a little help from his friends (and Lily’s) their love soon comes together in a sigh worthy romantic climax. Lines like this made me forget the frustration I had with his character,
So the author has a new fan in me and I definitely need to go back a read her other series. Give me more of this and I’ll be a happy little bookie.
*I received an ARC via the publisher in exchange for an honest review*