So to continue my Binge of the scandal and scoundrel series I read A Scot in the Dark. Holy shit this book was just….Just lovely! The basics of this book is Lillian Hargrove has been a ward of the Duke of Warnick all her life, she has basically lived forgotten in one of the many houses the Dukedom owns while the each Duke died leaving the next to care for her…or forget about her… That is how she lived her life forgotten and basically invisible. That is until an artist named Derek Hawkins approaches her in the park she falls in love with him and let’s him paint her naked. Naturally once that happens he turns into a jerk and dumps her in front of the Ton, the picture he painted will be on exhibit for entire world to see.
Alec who is the current Duke of Warnick who not only loathes everything english but wants nothing to do with his title comes to town to save Lily and literally breaks down a door to get her. Alec has a plan to save her and its simple he’s going to marry her off then go back home to Scotland…simple right? sure….
So Naturally there are pants feelings between these two like hardcore but of course they both have issues, Lily wants to run from her scandal and become a hermit, Alec wont let that happen because he knows what it’s like to run from your past and hide from it. In fact he wants to her off to save her, but then he also wants to run away. Alec’s damage is heartbreaking. Now don’t get me wrong when I call it damage it’s not a bad thing, it’s the truth thought all hero’s and heroines have some kind of damage, trauma, or even drama to work through before they see HEA. Alec’s was heartbreaking, He is very tall and built making him in my opinion a drool worthy hero, and yet he has been named the Scottish Brute. It was not enough to be unloved by a mother abandoned him, but when he went to school in england he ended up doing things he wasn’t proud of, things that made him felt unworthy of love from Lily or anyone.
I feel like these two people were so broken by what happened in there lives that it made story so much more powerful, he didn’t want to love her because he didn’t think she could love him, she felt the same exact thing and she was terrified he would leave her… which spoiler he did twice that in itself hurt me as a reader. The sex scenes were hot, nothing liked sex in a carriage to get things going and the banter between them was just Lovely, funny and made me love them even more. Let’s not forget about the cover!! I mean Look at it!
LOOK AT IT !!!
This book had all the right elements for a perfect romance novel, as it should be. It left me not only happy but a little sad because because it was so wonderful, that is a hard thing to do. Because Lily loved Alec so much she risked everything to teach him he deserved to be loved no matter, that she deserved to be loved no matter what and that message alone is so very powerful.
Before you run off to buy this book, which you should! You will be saying the same thing after you read this book
Dear Sarah Maclean,
please give Sesily her own book. We love her and need more of her scandalous self.