A Scot in the Dark

a-scot-in-the-darkMiss Lillian Hargrove was ruined by society’s standard. Knowing that she had only a little time before she was publicly disgraced Lily was planning her escape. The only problem was her guardian showed up and was insistent that she not run from her problems.

The Duke of Warnick hated everything English but he was determined to make sure his ward was taken care of. Warnick would make sure Lily was protected through a marriage. Though with feelings starting to form it was hard for Warnick to have Lily go with another.

A Scot in the Dark is the second book in the series Scandals & Scoundrels by Sarah Maclean. I ended up liking the novel. I thought it was cute but it was tough at times to keep with it, especially in the beginning.

Lily’s character was one that I grew to like. I thought she was interesting but she kept wanting to leave and express her misery. I understood why she was sad but it seemed that it went on a lot. She got better when she found herself challenging Warnick and really discovering what she wanted in life.

Warnick’s character was a man that didn’t want his dukedom. He was against it and against everything English. I actually really liked Warnick and wanted to know about his past as Maclean kept bringing up his shame. I wanted to know what he did that made him that shameful. The shame which kept getting brought up was a little much at times but once I found out what had happened Warnick’s character made sense.

The relationship between Lily and Warnick was driving me crazy. They were at some point arguing with each other, wanting each other and feeling ashamed for their own particular issues. All of these things are not bad, it was just expressed a lot. It helps when Maclean gives a little more explanation about the characters past.

The next book to this series comes out in June 2017.

The Rogue Not Taken

The Rogue Not TakenSophie Talbot hated society while her family loved it. She just wanted to get out especially when she insults a duke. Sophie will runaway which will have her sticking close to Kingscote. She loathed him on sight. All she wanted was to be free to have her own life. Though things will not go as she hoped especially when she starts to feel things for Kingscote.

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, never wanted to love. He was perfectly happy being a rogue. He will be instantly annoyed with Sophie and want to get rid of her as quickly as possible but he will not be able to keep her away. Though through their journey King will find himself wanting Sophie more than he should. He will have to stop himself from truly acting like the rogue his reputation stated.

The Rogue Not Taken is the first book to the series Scandal and Scoundrel by Sarah Maclean. I really liked this book.

When I first started I wasn’t really sure I would like Sophie. She first seemed too silly but really she was the most practical of the sisters, and the bravest. She was stubborn to do what she needed but she was also very caring. I hated that she was overlooked as she was not the prettiest or looked as the boring one. Well Sophie will change that when she leaves which will cause a scandal in itself. King was a surprise. His reputation was telling everyone that he was a rogue and a scoundrel but he was not all that everyone thought. King was hurt long ago and that stayed with him and it shaped the man he was today. I liked that he really was a good man, he wasn’t perfect but he was a good.

The banter between Sophie and King was very entertaining and it kept me invested within the story.

I loved how Maclean ended the book because for me as a romance reader it was the perfect ending for these characters.

The second book is coming out and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover

Never Judge a Lady by Her CoverI have waited for the fourth book to Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean. I have been waiting to read this book since I read the third book. I had a need to read the book because of the big surprise which was at the end of the third book. Alright big spoiler on this one so if you don’t want to know more then I would stop reading right now! Chase is really Anna who is really the Duke of Leighton’s sister, Gerogiana, who we heard about in Sarah MacLean’s other series. I love that MacLean connects her characters like that. So now that I got that out of my system here is a summary of the book.

Lady Georgiana had suffered a scandal and paid the price but she has a secret that no one in London knows except her partners. Lady Georgiana may be a ruined girl but she is also the notorious Chase who owns the Fallen Angel. After six years of playing the part she finds that she will have to come back into society to find a husband with a title for the sake of her daughter but there will be a man who will have her distracted, Duncan West. Not only does he distract but he will discover that she is hiding more which threatens her identity.

Duncan West was a driven man and brilliant who owned a chain of newspapers. He looked for secrets and revealed them to either help or hinder. He will put it upon himself to help Lady Georgiana after his paper had wronged her but he will find that there is something off with the Lady. Duncan will want to discover her secret while he guarded his own.

I loved this book. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover was fantastic book to read. I had been a little disappointed with the third book but there were no problems with the fourth book. I was hooked right away and fascinated by the way that Georgiana had her different identities. I thought that MacLean did a very impressive job at hiding the identity of Chase with the first three books. I had never even guessed that Chase was a woman.

Georgiana was a strong woman yet so vulnerable at the same time especially when it came to acting like herself who had been ruined. When she played Chase she was strong and determined with a vengeance streak. Now Duncan was interesting. He had his own secrets and MacLean wrote his story well. I was hooked and wanted to know what had happened to him. You of course will find out but it is closer to the end and I was surprised by the information that you find out.

The romance between Georgiana and Duncan is steamy. There is definitely sexual tension that amounts but it does not take long for them to find that lust together and when they do it is fiery.

The villain was quite a villain but I felt that he was down played and it was really about Georgiana and her secret which was alright with me. Though MacLean does make sure that the villain is known and that he is a despicable man who deserves what is coming towards him.

The ending is pure justice for Duncan and for Georgiana. They get their happy ending which I could not be happier with since they are together at the end. The ending could be considered sappy but I found it perfect. With this book the series ends as all four owners of The Fallen Angel stories have been told. I don’t know if Sarah MacLean will be writing more on the series but I do hope that she will write more stories. Maybe she will write one with Sophie who was introduced in this book. Only time will tell.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

No Good Duke Goes UnpunishedTemple is known as the Killer Duke among society for the past twelve years. Society has shunned him for the violent act but Temple can’t remember that night. His answers will finally come to him when the woman he thought he murdered walks back into his life.

Mara Lowe has been in hiding for the past twelve years. She did not mean to ruin Temple but she had to find a way out of her situation. Now it turns out she needs the money her brother lost and the only solution is to go to Temple and ruin herself by coming back into society.

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third book to Sarah MacLean’s series Rules of Scoundrels. Now although I loved the books from MacLean and I have been waiting for this book I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong this book had plenty of intrigue with what really happened that night, why it happened and what Mara was running from. It wasn’t the intrigue that left me bored, it was the unrealistic pairing of Mara and Temple. They were at each others throats for most of the book. Mara drugged Temple twice and left him ruined for twelve years. It seems unlikely that the pair would forgive and go straight into an intense passion filled relationship, but it happened nevertheless.

Still the writing was very well done and I kept reading from the first page to the last. What I thought was the best part of the book was the very end with the twist with Chase. I am looking forward to read all about Chase because MacLean drops a bombshell about this Fallen Angel that had me shocked. For three books I would have never guessed about Chase or perhaps I missed the clues that could have been there, but no matter as I am really excited to read the fourth book. The book doesn’t come until November of this year so I will have to find other books to read until then.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's HeartJuliana Fiori has lived with scandal since she set foot into London. She will find most are two faced with the exception of her brothers. She will be heart broken when the man, Duke of Leighton, is very much like the rest of London. She will be determined to show that the Duke of Disdain has passion whether he liked it or not.

Duke of Leighton, Simon Pearson, or the Duke of Disdain as he is called needs to marry to make sure his family’s reputation survives. He will find the perfect woman to marry but he keeps thinking about one that is not suitable for someone of his station. Simon will fight the attraction but he will be shown a new side of himself thanks to Juliana and its one he wasn’t too sure he wanted.

Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart is the third and final book to the series Love by Numbers from Sarah MacLean. It was a book with up and downs with the characters who were fighting their attraction every step of the way.

So I really did like the book but Simon got under my skin. He was all about a good reputation and he looked down upon anyone who was not his equal. He was stuck up and very proud. He kept hurting Juliana even though he truly wanted her. I felt bad for Penelope who was engaged to Simon and how she did not get her happy ending but know that she has her own story in MacLean’s other series, Rules of Scoundrels, and a happy ending will be hers. Though it still takes years for Penelope to get to that point so it was heart breaking but I wouldn’t want her to be in a loveless marriage especially when Juliana and Simon were meant to be together. Juliana was a spitfire and determined to make her way into society even with all the cruel things people say behind her back and too her face. I liked that she was determined to make Simon to feel passion. Now the ending was perfect as Simon was not the perfect Duke but a man who was now flawed and loved a woman without caring about her status.

There is a little surprise with the St. John’s mother coming back to England and its kind of horrible at how bad of a mother she really is to her children. I liked that Juliana finally saw that she was nothing like her mother.

Now since I am finished with the series of Love by Numbers I am switching to the series Rules of Scoundrel. I am first going to re-read the first and second book then move onto the third book, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, which is sitting in my pile of books.

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a LordLord Nicholas was considered to be a catch among London and at first he liked the attention now he wanted to get away from it. Helping find the Duke of Leighton’s missing sister seemed perfect. He was not expecting to find a woman that vexed him to no end and then make him lust after the next moment.

Lady Isabel Townsend was used to taking care of everything in the household and has been doing that for years. Everyone relies on her and Isabel does not want to let them down. At first she thought Nick was a sign to help them but will find that he is there under false reasons. She has too much too lose if her secrets come out.

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is the second book to Love by Numbers series from Sarah MacLean. I have only read the first book of this series along with rereading the first book to get back in with the family St Johns.

The second book to me was just as good as the first and something that I wanted to keep reading. I thought Nick’s character was charming to a fault but it was almost a defense mechanism to hide what he had went through with his past. Isabel has a good heart and is determined never to marry or to love anyone. She is blindsided when it comes to Nick but it still takes the very end for her to trust. I liked that it was almost a role reversal where Nick was giving his love but was rejected by Isabel. It is usually the heroine that is being rejected by the rogue when feelings are coming out into the open. Love will conquer all when it comes to these two characters giving them a happy ending.

There were several side characters to the story but the one I liked best was Rock. He was a friend to Nick and was the one who saved him from the prison.

The third book is next with the brothers half sister Juliana who will be up against the Duke of Leighton.

The Season

The SeasonLady Alexandra Stafford was having her come out into society and was dreading the entire day. There will be help to make the day enjoyable as Blackmoor will be close to her side, but things start to unravel. Alex will hear a curious conversation that eluded to murder of the previous Earl of Blackmoor.

Gavin, the Earl of Blackmoor, was not ready for becoming the Earl but had to do it as his father was taken suddenly. Gavin will stay close to his friends the Stafford’s and will start to notice Lady Alexandra and that she was not a child any longer. Gavin will yield his attraction as a danger starts to follow.

The Season is a standalone novel from Sarah MacLean. I have read several books from her and really have gotten into them. I liked this one. It was good with the protective brothers, kind friends, and a mystery of murder to solve. I will say I am more drawn to her series Rules of Scoundrels which has a little more grit to it.

As the book lacked some grit it did make up with how a seventeen year old would be acting. They were silly and a little naive which sounded reasonable. MacLean keeps that up with the whole story. Of course Alexandra “Alex” was not just silly but inquisitive about the new information that was heard about Blackmoor. Now Gavin is everything that is dull or at least that is how he portrays himself to be. He will show a new side of himself as he soon finds himself thinking differently of Alex.

The danger that is following Blackmoor will have Alex falling into the crossfire and stumbling onto the secret. Through the words written the villain had a voice without being acknowledged. Now I had a strong hunch of the villain just as it seemed how the story was unfolding. I picked the villain pretty early on but it was interesting to read the dialogue.