A Season of Ruin

Anna Bradley
A Season of Ruin
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Release Date
August 2016
Book 2 of Sutherland Scandals
Historical Romance

Lily Somerset's plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation.

Robyn Sutherland doesn't save reputations—he sullies them. He'd rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily's escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended.

What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily's prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero's heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jul 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
155 people found the following review helpful
After extremely enjoying A Wicked Way to Win An Earl, the first book in the series, I have high hopes for this sequel, which features the previous book's heroine's sister and the previous book's hero's brother. Sadly, my expectations were dashed to bits.

Lily Somerset expected to make a good marriage, but a tiny misstep brought her to the edge of ruin. The only thing that could save her was a Robyn, brother of the duke, to act as her escort, the very person who got her into trouble in the first place...

While there's a decent story here, it had none of the witty banter and endearing characters of the first book. Robyn is one of those aristocrats who do nothing all day but wine, womanize and gamble. I sympathize that he had some deep problems/trauma, but we don't see him trying to battle it or doing whatever he can to surmount it. Instead, he was happy to be dragged down under and if he could bring Lily along, so much the better. Lily...sigh. At first, I sympathize with her and I admire her accepting and loving Robyn as he is, and then we get her turnabout toward the end, which I don't really understand.

Overall, getting through to the end of the book was a bit tedious. While I didn't enjoy this story, I'm not totally writing the author off. I'm waiting eagerly to read the next book in hopes that this book is a fluke.
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