Teatime and Books Review
A Scot in the Dark
Scandal & Scoundrel: Book II
Reviewed on August 30, 2016
A deeply passionate, sensual and a scorcher of a read! A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean will knock you off your feet with every page turn.
We are first met by Lillian Hargrove who is completely and utterly humiliated and ruined in the eyes of the ton, thanks to a very sneaky and conniving artist. Lillian had sat for a nude that she thought was for the eyes of the artist, and the love of her life, only. However, he betrayed her trust and is now threatening to show the painting to all of London in a matter of a few days.
Having been informed by his solicitor, Alec, The Duke of Warnick made a mad dash from Scotland to England. Arriving at one of his many residences, he finally finds Lady Hargrove. She’s shocked to see a large Scottish man at her doorstep, quite literally knocking down her door, and even more surprised to learn that he is her guardian. He’s there to help her in regards her scandalous situation. At first he’s set on her marrying the artist. However, after meeting up with the arrogant artist in a local pub and learning more about the situation and seeing how arrogant and careless this man is. He changes his mind and wants nothing but to protect Lillian.
He comes to a solution, that in order to save Lillian’s reputation, she should marry a titled man and put the scandal to rest. However, Lillian wants nothing to do with marriage, she wants to run away and escape the scandal and start her life anew. An inheritance is due on her next birthday and that is exactly what she intends to do. However, Alec still insists she get married and tries his best to pair her with a decent English Lord.
In the end, nether of their plans works as they soon find themselves falling in love. However, they are both battling internal demons from their pasts that threaten them falling in love with anyone or each other. Will they ever be able to love? More importantly, will they open up and admit their true feelings for each other before it’s too late?
This is my first book of Sarah MacLean’s and I must say I’ve become a huge fan. Wow, what an amazing writer, she can weave a tale so deep and toss in so many twists and turns that the readers’ find surprises on just about every page. The passion and sensuality between the H and h just ignites. I really fell in love with Alec and Lillian, and both had some pretty intense struggles in their lives to overcome and one couldn’t help but have a soft spot in their heart for them. MacLean writes some wonderful minor characters, too, that help move the story along. This is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your library. A well deserving High 5 Stars!
**Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers for gifting me a copy of this book for an honest review**