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Published by Avon on August 30, 2016
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Romance
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...
I have found that I have to space out my Historical Fiction, and I recently went on a binge of Sarah MacLean titles and just couldn’t resist grabbing this one too!
I truly have enjoyed all of her books that I’ve read, and I’d probably rank this one up among my favorites!
Lilian Hargrove has lived most of her life alone… beautiful but set apart from the many people of society she is surrounded by. When a rising artist starts to pay her attention and claims her as her muse she can’t help but fall for him. But his betrayal is a wakeup call for her and just reminds her why she wants to leave London and disappear.
The Duke of Warnick is a Scot… and he’s only the Duke because there is no one else left. He hates London, and everything having to do with the aristocracy and when he finds out he has a ward who has found herself in trouble, he heads for London with a plan to marry her off and get back home.
Of course things don’t go quite as Warnick plans and he finds he can’t resist the charms of one Lilian Hargrove as much as he tries. But Lily will only marry for love and Warnick can’t seem to find anyone who he would deem a perfect match for Lily… but maybe that has more to do with him than her.
I kind of love Lily… she’s lonely sure, and she did something stupid, but she’s a smart and strong woman and she won’t let this painting ruin her life. (The ending of this story is perfect!)
And Warnick … It was so wonderful to get a big tough Scot in a Sarah MacLean novel. The interactions between Lily and Warnick were so fun. Whether they were arguing or having a serious discussion or slowly falling for each other, I found myself so enthralled with their story and it was an such a wonderful touch to add and provide interactions with some of the characters from the previous stories in this series!
If you’re a historical romance fan and love Sarah MacLean you’re going to love this one too. If you’re new to the genre, and are looking for someplace to start, this author is definitely the place!
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.