ARC Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

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ARC Review: A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
A Scot in the Dark
Book Info

Released: August 30th 2016
Series: Scandal and Scoundrel #2
Pages: 384

“So while this book does have some flaws with character execution and does have a predictable storyline, I still do think there is hope for the next book in the series.”
~ Under the Covers

In the second book of the Scandal & Scoundrel series, Sarah MacLean takes a ruined lady and pairs her up with probably the most unlikely man to restore her reputation. After being fooled by a scumbag artist and her nude portraits are exposed to the public, Miss Lillian Hargrove doesn’t know what she is going to do. Her life is essentially ruined and her reputation is in tatters. She becomes so desperate that she seeks out the help of the Duke of Warnick, a Scotsman who is more than a little rough around the edges.

I liked Lillian. I think her situation is very sad and right from the beginning of the book I felt bad for her. She is really thrown under the bus and I can understand her desperation. But there are a few contradictions about her character in this book that makes things confusing. For example, Lillian is supposed to be so beautiful that she is a model for an artist and yet she has been ignored for most of her life. Huh? How does that work? Unless her beauty is unusual or strange, in which case that’s fine. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all, but we also don’t a lot of the reasons why certain things happen in this book. We’re just supposed to accept it and I think readers deserve a better explanation.

In addition to that, I was less than impressed by the hero of this book. He’s a Scotsman so I thought I was going to fall in love with him but I just never found myself falling in love with him. I don’t know why or what he did to turn me off but the chemistry just wasn’t there for me.

The plot is quite predictable and coming from Sarah MacLean, I was really expecting something more. With all of her books lately, I find that I’m always eager to start but am getting more and more unimpressed by the characterization and storylines. The author tries for humor but it never quite makes me smile. Instead I find myself flipping through the pages, hoping to find a scene that interests me.

So while this book does have some flaws with character execution and does have a predictable storyline, I still do think there is hope for the next book in the series. At least that’s what I keep telling myself because every time there’s a new Sarah MacLean book, I’m always picking it up. I’m just hoping it’s better than this one.




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About Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of YA and adult romance.

She grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.


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  1. I read the rogue not taken and thought it was just ok … it was a bit longer than it needed to be because the miscommunication was drawn out… and now after reading the review for this book I don’t know that I’ll be continuing with this author

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