Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLeanA Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2) by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #2
Published by Avon on August 30th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss

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...


While A Scot in the Dark didn’t quite suck me in like some of MacLean’s other works, there were still many aspects of the book that were very enjoyable.

Alex becomes the reluctant (Scottish) Duke of Warnick after a series of unfortunate events and in turn also inherits a Miss Lily Hargove, apparent scandal maker.

I actually didn’t really love Alex and Lily together. They were both so hot and cold with each other that it really caused a dissonant for me most of the time. At times I didn’t really see them as a pair that was perfect for each other.

That being said, Alex and Lily still definitely had adorable moments and I always enjoy a bantering couple.

“Trousers again,” he said.

She turned to him, making a show of looking to his plaid. “Well one of us should wear them, do you not think?”

Both Alex and Lily had some big chips on their shoulder. While I enjoyed Alex’s character growth, Lily drove me a bit bonkers. Because really girl, your “ex-boyfriend” is the world’s biggest douche bag, why do you even still remotely even like him? WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS?!! I mean she does work it out eventually and okay, I admit, I did really want Alex and Lily to have their HEA. Who can resist stuff like this?

“Alec,” she whispered, “Please. Please choose me.”

As though he could choose anything else.

Oh I did love that we got more of the Talbot sisters. I seriously adore them and basically, I need more of them now.

Seline smirked. “I was so distracted by it that I entirely forgot to see what he was wearing beneath his skirts.” Sesily pointed to her sister. “Oh, bollocks. I did, as well.”

Lord Stanhope coughed. “Apologies, my lord. But, curiosity and all that.”

Stanhope’s brows rose. “Naturally.”

So while A Scot in the Dark didn’t blow me away, it was still a good. It had it’s ups and downs but if you’re a fan of Sarah MacLean, it’s still worth checking out.

“I’m a scandal.”

“You’re the very best kind of scandal,” he grumbled as he headed for the door to the room. At least, that’s what she thought he said. “I didn’t hear you.”

“You’re the very worst kind of scandal,” he said, louder.

{Thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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4 Replies to “Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean”

  1. Eeep! I don’t know what to Say! I love Sarah MacLean’s previous books, but apparently this series doesn’t do anything for me. The Rogue Not Taken was a DNF for me btw, and I’m not even sure when I will pick this book up. Le sigh. I am now pretty apprehensive. Honestly.

    1. Aww, that’s always annoying when a favourite author’s new series isn’t working for you! I’ll probably stick with it because I love the Talbot sisters. Hopefully her next stuff works out better for you!

  2. I loved this one…banter gets me everytime! Great review 🙂

    1. Hard to resist good banter!

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