Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous Siren
Miss Lillian Harwood 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 marry only for love...and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much.
©2016 Sarah Trabucchi (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
This was a decent story. I liked the heroine Lillian, she had some spunk. I liked Alec too, he was a big sexy brute. LOL These two had some good chemistry together. There is a nicely written sex scene so it's not rated G.
The story line and plot was good. Except I didn't care too much for Alec's insecurities. I kind of thought that was lame. And the so called "secret" was pretty lame. Glad it was not the focus of the story. Just his excuse for not being good enough. That story has been told a thousand times. So that part was a bit annoying.
There was lots of dialogue through out the entire book which was great. I love a couple of the secondary characters like Celeste, I am looking forward to her book. There was a couple of characters that popped up from the Rules of Scoundrels series so that was fun.
As for the narration. Hmmm not a favorite of Justine Eyre for sure. I didn't care for the scottish accent she used for Alec at all. Not good. Also the breathy reading sometimes bugs.. The female characters are done well though. Just not a big big fan of JE voice.
I am a serious Sarah MacLean fan, enjoying all of her historicals. Unfortunately, the narrator is so painful it is hard to get through. I was hoping the new series would have a new voice but alas, the scratchy, overly breathless, faux British accent, and PAINFUL Scottish accent overshadowed a decent story. I felt that the female character was brash and impertinent to an unrealistic level to the person who has been financing her life for the better part of a decade sight unseen. I feel the male lead, referred to as a brute so often one could form a drinking game around the moniker, was too easily pushed over by a total brat who he has known less than a week.
To imagine this Scot would go from his rugged lifestyle of hounds and Highlands to a distinguished, patient and empathetic guardian in less than 2 chapters is just not plausible.
I pray she moves to a new narrator soon, and will continue to try new books. Just not my favorite.
Technically, the writing is good; grammar, syntax, all that is as it should be. The narrator does her normal good job, although for me, the pacing is a bit slow. Characters are well-delineated and elocution is good.
As to the plot -- to me, it is a teen girl's angst-y fantasy; the forgotten and ruined ward and the poor, misunderstood 'brute' of a Scotsman who 'save' each other. Not my thing, and I see no reason to put myself through another 9 plus hours of it.
Your mileage may vary, as always, and if you like woe-is-me drama with your romance, you might like this one. Thank heavens that people like different plots, and thank you to the authors who write them differently.
Oh dear... I really wanted to like this book. I read The Rogue Not Taken and enjoyed it and thought I'd use an audible credit to listen to the next one.
Mistake. I could not listen to more than a couple hours. I'm not a great fan of Justine Eyre, I find her faux British accent and her breathy gravelly affectation annoying but I can usually grow to appreciate her narrations somewhat, and stick with a story when its something I really want to listen to.
BUT her Scottish accent here is deplorable. It's way closer to Northern Irish than Scottish! The hero is Scottish not Irish... I might have been able to get over her failure to produce a believable Scottish accent if she had been able to make him sound somewhat attractive. She couldn't.
I switched to the print version and was able to enjoy the rest of the story.
I realise you need to suspend belief in reading a romance novel. But 17 people Dying with no issue so that the main guy can be a duke is absurd. A little too absurd. Sara Maclean has started to fall too much in love with what she imagines is her own cleverness.
The story was okay. I prefer my heroes to be confident. I don't want to escape into a book where I spend my time stroking a man's ego so he can feel good about himself.
Also extreme overuse of the phrase full stop.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I don't like how MacLean constantly reminded of the imperfections of her characters. In the first book of the series, the heroin was slightly overweight and apparently not that pretty (so she thought) and we were reminded of that through the entire book. That really got old.
Alec is apparently a really big guy they keep calling him a hulking brute and although I like his character and I like him..... I'd don't like the way MacLean keeps putting "big Scottish brute" in the narrative. Its always ...how big he is.... how huge his hands are .... it really takes away from the the book. I mean tell me he's a big huge Scottish guy and then move on because I'm going to remember.
I really enjoy the banter between Lily and Alec. I LOVE Lily....especially her talking on her date with Stanhope....hilarious. I enjoyed the relationship....BUT Alec is FRUSTRATING and I wanted to kick him a few times.
The big "issue" Alec had is pretty lame...and far fetched as a problem a guy would have.
The storyline was interesting (except for Alec's issue) and different.
Overall it was good but it was frustrating! One of those you want to play faster speed because a character is being a moron!
I literally I forgot I finished this book the same day I finished it and had to stop and think about it for a second to remember. Obviously it didn't find it very good. It hurts my soul to give on if MacLeans book anything less than 3 stars. She literally wrote my 3 favorite romances ever! And yet this book happened... the characters were so lusty to an obnoxious point and the insta love was galore! I'm sorry but I just don't see somebody falling in love that quickly since she was already "in love" with somebody else the week before. And it has one of my biggest pet peeves in the epilogue too. All in all I thought this book was a giant mess with idiotic characters and I couldn't have been more disappointed. I just couldn't enjoy it.
Enjoyable tale. Unusual in a way and expected it another.
NARRATOR: Justine Eyre did an excellent job!
HEAT FACTOR: Just a little warm. But a couple of very steamy scenes to be sure.
CREDITWORTHY? I say yes.
"Old fashioned romance, dreadful Scottish accent"
The story was funny, I laughed a lot, but the narrator was diabolical. I have like some of Justine's narration in the past but she cannot do a Scottish accent - it sounded like bad Irish a majority of the time. I would advise having someone who can do read with an accent it would improve the whole experience.
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