Rating: 5 stars
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…
A new Sarah Maclean book is always means for excitement and exclamation, but A Scot In the Dark is especially squee-worthy. I loved everything about it and just found it to be perfectly written with so many delightful moments.
Reading a Sarah Maclean book is like escaping for a few hours, being transported back in time because of the skill she writes with. I imagined I was right alongside Lily and Alec as I read their story. That in itself made A Scot in the Dark something extra special.
Lily is a good that most readers can relate to – she’s strong yet weak, she’s confident yet not. She has grown up in a situation where she is alone most of the time, yet she has tried to make the best of it. Which makes her have these qualities that made her so easy to relate to in some way or another. She just was looking for her happily ever after.
I rarely make use of the highlight feature on my Kindle, but when reading A Scot in the Dark, it felt like I’ve never used it so much before. There were so many passages that were funny or just plain beautiful that I wanted to highlight and make note of because they were something extra special.
The plot was brilliant in typical Sarah Maclean fashion. Smartly written and entertaining to boot, I was captivated. Newspaper headlines make up the chapter headings, and those were entertaining as well. While the nature of the scandal in the book is historic, I loved how it could be applied to modern society as well: It’s a topic/issue that does not simply go away or change for women.
Oh, and not to spoil anything on the how, but I love how Maclean’s past characters come back in other novels. It’s great to see an old “friend,” and some of my favorites are back in this one to really rock the boat a bit. I loved it.
Basically, I just loved A Scot in the Dark. I devoured it, never wanting to take a break. I was on vacation when I read it, and I wanted less sightseeing, more reading during the day and a half I was reading it. Every time I had to put the book down to do something, I was already plotting the next moment I could sneak away for a page (or 10!)