- Amanda Mariel
- Release Date
- June 2015
- Book 2 of Ladies and Scoundrels
When faced with losing his father's support, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She is as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.
Lady Sarah Roseington is determined to marry for love or not at all, and she will do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she cannot achieve on her own. What's a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.
Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Sep 24, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
236 people found the following review helpful
Do rakes actually make the best husbands? Lord Julian Luvington plans to answer that question for Lady Sarah. His father has decreed that he has one month to marry a respectable member of society or lose his inheritance. Julian has selected Sarah and he won't let anything get in his way, including her reluctance to his pursuit.
The story moves fast as Julian maneuvers to get Lady Sarah to the altar. He is an extremely confident man and makes his wishes known to Sarah right away. He doesn't expect her to be so resistant to his charms. He expresses embarrassment at being in this predicament which counters some of his earlier arrogance. Sarah has heard a lot of stories about Julian and wants nothing to do with him. She is determined to marry for love or not marry at all. She has her father's support but her mother is another matter. Sarah is concerned that any attention form Julian will harm her reputation. When she learns of the reason behind his pursuit, she is very conflicted. She cares for him by that point and does not want him to lose his inheritance but doesn't know how she can survive a marriage without love.
I really enjoy historical romances. I don't tend to focus on the accuracy of the details but more on the flavor of the period. This story felt light and fun and was a great read. The characters are multi-dimensional and seem very realistic in their desires and concerns. The dialogue is smart and very revealing as to the personalities of the characters. The only issue I had was technical in nature and in regard to the formatting of the file. There were many words with hyphens that did not require a hyphen and it was a distraction while reading the story.
It is a story with a charm all of its own. I felt a real connection to the characters and their story. The ultimatum to marry is hard for Julian to handle until he realizes how much he does want to spend his life with Sarah. Sarah wants more independence than women typically get and marriage to anyone is a risk for her as her husband will have control over her. In the end, they have to take a risk and share their true feelings if they want any real happiness. A happy ending is the usual conclusion to these historical romances and the journey was a great deal of fun.
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