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
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"I wanted to love it...but I don't."
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.
"Insipid, teen-age drama"
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.
"Very very good"
Fabulous!!! I loved the Duke from the previous book and I've been waiting to read his story. It was well worth the wait.
Sarah is one of my automatic-order authors. She didn't disappoint with this one. The characters are well written and their dialogue is both witty and sincere. Alec and Lily are both flawed and that almost makes them made for each other. But they don't see it that way.
I love how characters from previous series make cameo appearances.
I want to see a picture of "the dress."
Narration was spot-on. A wonderful book that is making me want to re-read all of Sarah MacLean's books.
"NOT a Scot in the Dark..."
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.
Good story. Not the best but not the worst either. Kinda predictable, and got boring towards the end. First book is much better.
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've been reading/listening to Regency romances for decades. In this book, I became increasingly irritated with tortured characters who reject the very obvious object of their passion. The constant mantra, "He/she deserves some one better than me." wears thin. Too much angst.
I'm also disappointed with the narrators apparent inability to close her "R's". This may be a quirk of the British accent, but in this case it seems extreme. She does a good job of portraying the characters and telling the story however.
If you like limitlessly tortured characters and a fairly predictable conclusion you'll enjoy this book.
"Loved this story!"
Once again, Sarah MacLean has written a smart, engaging story. The heroine in this story is strong and intelligent, and the hero is a very endearing character. Justine Eyre's narration is terrific.
"Wonderful Progressive Story!"
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: What can I say about this story? The core of the story was about a woman owning who she was way before that was something women did. She did it beautifully, wonderfully, and in a way that made me cheered. Warnick better be glad he ended up being worthy!
Narrated by: Justine Eyre /Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Justine is an excellent narrator and she did a great job with story. Her pacing and emotions were pretty spot on! I recommend these on audio!
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Review
"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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