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This is a rehash of book one with the same plot device for both characters, but with fewer redeeming qualities. Our hero has a scandalous past; our heroine has a scandalous present. They spend half their time whingeing & whining about it. ‘Oh my scandal, woe is me, I’ll never marry. I am ruined.’ ‘I’m not worthy, I’m a brute, I’m a beast, my past is shameful.’ Throughout most of the book she’s a pain and he’s an idiot. What is truly sad is the fact that if all that repetitive ranting & angst was cut out, along with their idiocy, the story & writing that is left is enjoyable and entertaining. Loads of inaccuracy which a little research could put right. The Stanhope earls, for example, were real, highly connected, both socially and politically. Authors are best advised against using REAL titles. Don’t bother
I am somewhat relieved that the other reviewers on Amazon.co.uk reflect my views exactly - sometimes I wonder if I am just being difficult to please! Like others, I loved the two previous series that I have read - 'Love by Numbers' [I think that was the title] and 'Rules of Scoundrels'. While I like her spin on how gossip never changes, and can make or break an individual, for some reason the stories aren't coming across with the same emotional impact of the earlier stories. I didn't like the first of this series, either - no doubt I will read the next, because I like the author's writing - but I hope she produces something better
Silly little things, like the Duke, who we are told is fabulously wealthy, being unable to find a tailor in London - London! - to produce a decent suit of clothes for him. They would be falling over themselves for his custom! The chip on his shoulder about being unworthy just didn't ring true. So he paid for his education by being a stud; most men wouldn't be fazed by that, rather would probably be quite proud about it. Not sure I would have wanted to hitch my wagon to his particular star if the wretched man came with so much emotional baggage. The heroine, who was extremely annoying, did at least have a genuine reason for her insecurities.
A bit disappointing, chemistry just wasn't there between Lillian and Alex. It was the first novel I found myself skipping ahead . Book 1 and 3 are unreservedly 5 stars. This just wasn't for me. But considering every other book by this superlative writer is 5 stars I will just park this one.
very disappointing. the hero duke is a complete boor and we get page after page how is not worthy of Lillian. a couple of chapters one can stand but almost the whole book is a nightmare. unfortunately the respite of other characters is very brief and she certainly chose the wrong ending, the artist should certainly have got his just deserts. l was so looking forward to the book too.
Factually this was to far away from historical accuracy for my taste. A rich duke even a Scottish diluted one would have been plagued by match making mothers. They would not have been able to live together at all without some kind of chaperone and she would have been ruined beyond saving. Also annoying how it never occurred to them to steal it in the first place. All that a side it was a fun little story with some amusing moments. Filed there camaraderie and loved her new friends
I'm a really big fan of this author BUT this book was a huge disappointment after her many witty offerings. The storyline was one dimensional, repetitive and a big let down after the first book in the series which was romantic and funny. I kept reading, hoping for a glimpse of humour and romance, but both were sadly lacking. I'd recommend all the other Sarah Maclean books just give this one a miss!