Review: A Scot in the Dark

A Scot in the Dark

Sarah MacLean

Scandal & Scoundrel #2


Publisher: Avon
Publication date: 30-Aug-2016
Date Started: 12-Nov-2018
Date Finished: 16-Nov-2018
Format: paperback
Pages: 342
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance
ISBN: 9780062465849
Source: library


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 really wish I had given Sarah MacLean more of a chance earlier because I am loving her novels. While not my favorite of her books, I did really enjoy this one.

Something I found issue with is Warnick’s self-pity and doubt, it really irked me. He was such a strong character to have so much self-doubt. Lily’s personal strength made the novel wonderful. Another issue I had was the power dynamic. This is not the first guardian and ward romance I’ve read and it is a theme that bothers me. Lily’s attitude about not giving a shit about Warnick and his plans made up for the unsavory power dynamic.

Despite these issues, I this was a well written, page-turning novel.

About the Author

“New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on’s Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her “gracefully furious.” Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.”


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