A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2) by Sarah MacLean
Synopsis: 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…
Review: Alec, the Duke of Warnick, was introduced in A Rogue Not Taken. He is a Scotsman who hates all things English. So when he discovers that he has a ward in London he knew nothing about and that she has gone and done something scandalous to ruin her reputation, he has only one thought- get to London and get the chit married off quickly then get back home to Scotland. What he isn’t prepared for is Lily, a woman who is both strong and courageous yet also very vulnerable and hurt. Their sparring back and forth was delightful to watch. Their going from being attracted to each other to quite annoyed with the behavior of the other made for a high emotional and passion filled love story. Their race against time to find the scandalous painting before all of London sees Lily’s shame, the appearance of a woman from Alec’s past that left him scarred and believing himself unworthy of a beauty like Lily, and the return of the characters from the Rules of a Scoundrel series and The Rogue Not Taken make for a fun read. I enjoy the characterization that Sarah MacLean does so well. Her female characters are always so strong and passionate and the men who fall in love with them are very much their equals, flaws and all.