Review: A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara

A Most Scandalous Proposal - Ashlyn MacnamaraPublisher: Ballantine Books (February 26th 2013)
Paperback: 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
Rating: 2(.5) of 5 stars

After watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton’s Golden Boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly-named Earl of Clivesden…the man of Sophia’s dreams.

Since resigning his Cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has set Julia in his sights, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover more than friendship driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when she refuses him and her father announces her betrothal, he fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society…

…and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures

A Most Scandalous Proposal is actually two love stories, not just one, as both Julie and Sophia get their chance at love. Julie doesn’t want the troubles that can be involved in a love match while Sophie pines over the Earl of Clivesden, who doesn’t give her the time of day.

Basically, this was disappointing. Sometimes I finish a book and don’t do the review until later, apparently this was what I had initially said on my goodreads: “bah humbug, we need to have some words, book. There’s some issues, a little redemption but issues all the same.”

Funny that the characters in the book talk about the Dashwood sisters (of Sense and Sensibility) because I’m pretty sure they annoyed the daylights out me like the St. Claire sisters. I’m sorry Sophie, but if after 5 years of blatantly making it obvious you’re into a guy, and said guy instead goes about flirting with other girls and tries to become betrothed to sister, well you can’t figure out it’s time to drop him like hot flapjacks because he’s obviously a douchebag, than I can’t sympathize for you. And Julie, I just don’t understand your logic and reasoning, how is not getting out of your (potential) betrothed with said douchebag and instead marrying your best friend from childhood, who probably has been in love with you since forever, (and you might love him too) and possible living a happily ever after not be a sensible plan!? Oh and don’t even get me started with the motherrrr!

Really, the two main redeeming quality of this book is the Earl of Highgate and Benedict who managed to show some sort of sense. There was so much potential to bring out a great love story for both sisters as both heroes have interesting back stories but instead it’s squandered away on a lot of ridiculous and somewhat unnecessary hijicks and whining that just left me frustrated.

I really wanted to like this book, but when both sisters just drove me up the wall, it was definitely difficult. That’s not to say the writing and book itself is bad. I think that maybe if you could connect with the sisters (or at least find them less annoying), you could have solid historical romance.

{*Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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