Friday, May 12, 2017

A Scot In The Dark by Sarah MacLean ~ 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...

Note:  You do not have to have read the first book to enjoy and love this one.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, The Rogue Not Taken, and so I was looking forward to Alec's story.  And this author does not disappoint.

It's amazing how a heroine can be outspoken yet proper in English society but this author creates them time and time again.  I loved the Talbot sisters in the first book and Lily fits right in with them.  She stands up to Alec and speaks her mind.  Truly the makings of a modern women right there.  Yet in the social settings, she can be proper.  Still that's not a word to describe her.  Her mistake was trusting an artist (no one should remember his name) with her heart.  He was not trust worthily.  I despised him from the first meeting.  Yet it is his efforts that bring Alec from Scotland.  

Once again this story is filled with banter between Lily and Alec and was fun and had the pages turning.  The sparks fly just as much between them.  The attraction is clear but both feel unworthy in some way.  I pieced together Alec's issues and Lily's are quickly clear.  But it wasn't until the very end that I understood their depth fully.  And it only endured these two to me more fully.  They are perfect for one another.  And I loved them both.

I enjoyed seeing the Talbot sisters again and even a little time with King.  I was glad that Alec had him as a friend.  And I really look forward to book three where we see Seraphina hopefully give Malcolm his comeuppance.  Can't wait for that.

Truly a gifted author, this book...this series is full of banter, kissing and  an engaging tale.  Truly a worthy companion for any reader.  



  1. I loved this book! Glad you enjoyed it.:) ~Aleen

  2. This sounds so fun! When I get back into a historical mood I need to remember this author. Great review!

  3. Sarah MacLean does write awesome heroines!! With that said I still need to get to this book! Great review, Valerie!