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Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (Muses of Mayfair #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
She never wanted marriage...

When a friend is forced to consider a marriage of convenience, Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to rescue her. But her plans trap her in an illicit seduction, and Amelia must marry him herself. Malcolm’s all-consuming kisses and devilish humor might make up for her lost freedom, but she believes he will force her to abandon the Gothic romances
ebook, 314 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Spencerhill Associates Ltd (first published April 4th 2012)
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4/5 Stars

This is the second novel in Sara Ramsey’s Muses of Mayfair series. After reading Madeleine’s book we knew that this had potential to be a good story as Amelia is stubborn and feisty and even Madeleine’s husband Ferguson had nicknamed her ‘The Harpy’.

Amelia has travelled to Scotland with her friend Prudence, who due to monetary problems is forced to consider a marriage of convenience to Malcolm McCabe, the Earl of Carnach. The Earl wants a quiet biddable wife who will be a good social h
Tanushree Baruah
Oct 28, 2014 Tanushree Baruah rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I couldn't get through it mostly because I couldn't stand Amelia's character. I felt really bad for Prudence. Not a fun read.
This one, provided by netgalley was really difficult for me to review. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed, but there were also parts of it that made me struggle to finish it. Having said that, I'm really glad I did finish it.

So, what did I like?

- The writing, although a bit raw at times, needing a bit more polish, has a wittiness and freshness that I really liked. I liked how the author managed to convey not only how irrational emotions are, but also how people are perfectly aware of h
Vikki Vaught
I have to say I'm disappointed with Scotsmen Perfer Blondes. I read Heiress Without a Cause, the first book in this series and absolutely loved it. Even though I don't get to read as much as I used to, I had to download this with the audio for $1.99.

While the first book kept me enthralled from beginning to end, this one had me ready to give up several times. I even tried to return the Kindle version, but I'd had it too long I guess. It rare for me to want to give up on a book. Since that wasn't
Sara Ramsey where have you been all my This is yet another fantastic Highland Lust/Love Story..I can't express enough how amazing the writing is!!!

" He was nearly as chiseled as any ancient statue, but he wasn't cold- he was heat, and velvet with a surprising amount of dark hair leading down his belly toward the opening she worked to unfasten"...I mean holy hotness! This was one of the cleaner highlights I have from this and there were many moments I just adored the writing
Jess the Romanceaholic
I wish there had been a little more... resistance, I suppose.. from the heroine when it came to the seduction, but any annoyance I felt by that was made up for in the end with a beautifully groveling hero.

4/5 Stars
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish

Amelia, a spinster at 27 is secretly a published author. In order to pursue her dreams, she vowed never to marry. However when Amelia agreed to accompany her dear friend, Prudence to meet her potential fiance, she never expected to become the object of Lord Carnach's desire. In an unfortunate turn of events, Amelia finds herself in a tenuous situation. Marry Lord Carnach or be ruined in the eyes of the ton. Either way she has earne
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
At A Glance
I liked the story, but not the characters.
The Good
You'd read Scotsmen Prefer Blondes for the story, not the characters. It's chock-full of misunderstandings, betrayals, and stubborn personalities. A fun combination.

Amelia, really, really wanted to maintain her independence and just be able to write her books in peace and secrecy. Of course, that all has to be ruined by a big, sexy Scotsman. Malcolm wants a obedient wife to sit by his side and look pretty while he advances his care
Sep 25, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adult Women
Recommended to Emily by: Heiress Without a Cause
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is the second installment in the Muses of Mayfair series. It was fantastic. I really liked the first book, Heiress Without a Cause, but I really liked Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. I really liked Mellie's character, so I was really looking forward to her story. I wasn't disappointed.

Now, I'm really excited to read Ellie's story in The Marquess Who Loved Me.

In regards to Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, Sara Ramsey did another wonderful job with the plot and characters. She balanced a
Katie Michaels
Apr 26, 2012 Katie Michaels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Prue is set up to marry a sexy Scottish laird, her friend Amelia comes along to make the road easier. No one expects that Malcolm will truly fancy Amelia over the woman with whom he was expected to make a match. Even more confounding is the fact that Amelia returns his feelings. She would never betray her friend, but an unexpected kiss does just that. And before you know it, Amelia and Malcolm are married.

Malcolm never wanted a love match. He wanted a wife who would be politically advantage
I'm going to give this 3.5 stars, because it got better towards the end. That's not to say this was a "bad" book - it just didn't really come to life for me. The characters didn't feel rounded and their motivations were often unclear and I didn't feel like I'd seen two people coming to understand each other.

I know it would have been frowned upon at this time for a woman to be a published author (witness Currer, Acton and Ellis Bell, who were writing later than the time in which this novel is set
Romancing the Book
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Reviewed By~Robin
Review Copy Provided By~ ARC from Netgalley

I just loved the second book in Ms. Ramsey’s Muses of Mayfair Series. In this lovely story, Scotsman Prefer Blondes, we find Amelia falling in love. This time the story takes us out of England and into Scotland where dreams can come true in those musty old castles.

Malcolm meets Prue and takes her to dinner only to find that he is drawn to her friend Amelia. Amelia seeing that Prue is really scared
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Sep 17, 2013 Cornelia rated it it was amazing
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes (2nd in the Muses of Mayfair series) by Sara Ramsey

"The next morning, Amelia slashed through another paragraph of drivel. The story, which was so promising when she worked on it in London, had come completely undone in Scotland. Perhaps that was the inevitable consequence of living a Gothic romance instead of writing it."

Lady Amelia Staunton secretly writes scandalous gothic romances about the ton. She doesn't want to marry as she's sure a husband would make her give up h
Apr 11, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, netgalley
Ramsey's titles are cute and her ideas are good, but her writing could use a bit more polish. Honestly, for most of the book I was tempted to give it 2 stars--there is a lot more telling instead of showing, and the characters really felt wooden throughout a lot of it. I wasn't even sure they were as invested in their own story as I was, and I spent more time than usual while reading checking just how far I was in the book! The last third or so got better, though, and overall it left me with a mo ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Jessie rated it it was ok
The second in the Muses of Mayfair series, I was less inclined to speed read but more upset about the characters than the first book. But perhaps that's a good thing, in that the characters bothered me so much that I was somewhat invested in the book. I get that the situation is supposed to be fantastic, not realistic, but the book just made me thank the heavens (over and over again) that I'm not a woman during this time and place or else I would have been able to do nothing but twiddle my thumb ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Jennavier marked it as didn-t-finish
While there were definitely problems, I was still forging on in the happy glow of finding a kindle freebie that I could read. Then the plot took a turn. The main characters- particularly the heroine- had to act like complete morons and/or douchbags. Add on top of that the author being a serial repeater (every piece of the plot has to be repeated at lest three times) and any motivation to read this book has been lost.
Jul 04, 2013 Kathy rated it liked it
Prudence was the best character.
Mar 25, 2012 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually rated at 4.5. Taken from my review at

After a decade of unsuccessful Seasons, Lady Amelia Staunton, her cousin Madeleine, their best friend Prudence and, more recently, Amelia’s sister-in-law, Ellie, formed a club, calling themselves the Muses of Mayfair. They each like nothing more than indulging in their own interest…interests that would ruin them if society knew their secrets. Amelia writes gothic novels, and recently, a social commentary, using a male pseudonym, P
Maria Dariotis
Mar 15, 2017 Maria Dariotis rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read of opposites attract, enticing story that captivates from the beginning. The chemistry between Malcolm and Prudence is sizzling there's passion (lots of it)
some suspense betrayal and witty dialogue! Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is definitely a winner! I definitely recommend Sara Ramsey's books
Jun 20, 2012 Farrah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

I'm a little conflicted with this one. There were parts that I loved, but there were also parts that I didn't like. A story of the conflicting desires of duty and love, this book definitely has its ups. But there accompanied a few deep downs.

First of all, Amelia. In some ways she was lovely. She was strong, not about to let an autocrat dictate her, even if he is her husband. I was really interesting how all her though
May 04, 2012 Evie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meddling in others affairs is easy, breaking the rules is fun, paying for the consequences not so much.

Amelia has a free will spirit, except no one but her family knows that about her. Even her family, doesn't know all there's to know about her. Amelia has a secret, she thrives in it, if anyone ever finds out about it, she'd be doomed. She's sworn off marriage and will not bother to hear what anyone has to say about it. She's set in her ways, and cannot wait to officially claim spinsterhood. She
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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‘The best laid plans’ suffer a fatal blow when Lady Amelia Staunton’s scheming and meddling to help her friend Prudence goes awry. Late at night in the old Scottish castle library, Malcolm MacCabe, Lord of Carnach, kisses Amelia at a fateful time. Not only Prudence, whom Malcolm had planned to offer for, but also Alex, Amelia’s brother, sees the kiss. Now, as Granddad would say, “the fat’s in the fire”. No shrinking violets in this ca
Melissa Levine
Jun 25, 2013 Melissa Levine rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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Erica Chilson
Review written at 60% (Not a DNF, but a skim-read)

What was original and engaging in book #1 of the Muses of Mayfair series, is overdone and repetitive in book #2. Book #1 was an actress refusing to marry with legitimate reasons- the story itself was addictive and enthralling with a fair amount of conflict that kept the reader on their toes.

In book #2, we do a rerun of book #1: h refusing to marry the H. Only this time, it's rather lame and dull. The beginning had me reading it rapidly to find o
Feb 24, 2014 Ang rated it really liked it
Review originally posted here:

The Muses of Mayfair series by Sara Ramsey starts with Heiress Without a Cause and is followed by Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. Both are well written and good love stories. Both deal with the common theme of frustration among the young female gentry of being a woman and not being allowed to do anything. However, in Heiress Without a Cause, the heroine, Madeleine, or Mad for short, has found a super secret way to get her thrills by
Viviane Crystal
Jun 23, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Prudence Etchingham must marry soon or she and her mother, the tough Lady Harcastle, will be penniless and perhaps Prudence will need to seek work as a governess. But she's as nervous as a twit and not so comforted by her best friend, Lady Amelia Staunton, as they are introduced to fellow diners before a meal that will supposedly begin the match that will save Prudence's favorless future. Imagine everyone's discomfort when Prudence is unable to emit any response that evening than what is ta ...more
Carrie Olguin
May 16, 2013 Carrie Olguin rated it did not like it

Skimmed my way through chapter eighteen.

The heroine writes romance novels (horid novels) under a different name. She never wants to marry (No reason given except for the illusion of independance. Doesn't come from seeing bad relationships or a previously broken heart).

Instead, she wants to live in a cottage and spend all her time writing novels. Her financial future isn't made clear. She needs her brother's support and yet she thinks she might be able to live off her book income (independen
Mar 24, 2012 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, net-galley
I got this via net galley and although I haven't read the first book in this series yet, this one sounded good enough to give it a try. I'll say that despite this being a second book, I didn't feel as though I was missing any information and I wasn't really confused at any point.

Malcolm MacCabe is an earl and wants to help out his people by going to London and trying to gain more rights for them. But first he decides he needs to find a wife to help him schmooze people and he doesn't want the ton
May 15, 2012 Visionary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Won this through Goodreads - Their First Reads in May. The book finally reached me yesterday (6/12/12). Even bumped it up to read sooner (even though the author said I shouldn't bump Addison Fox :))

Twenty-six pages in. Even though I have not read the first one this book is easy to start in too. I had no troubles following. Though my heart went out to the side character Prudence, and already I hope she gets a book and happily ever after.

The interaction between the hero and his three brothers m
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Sara Ramsey writes fun, feisty Regency historical romances. She won the prestigious 2009 Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® award with her second book, Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. Her first book, Heiress Without A Cause, was a 2011 Golden Heart finalist.

Hopelessly uncool as a child, Sara has overcompensated by becoming obsessed with fashion, shoes, and #regencyworldproblems. She has great tast
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Other Books in the Series

Muses of Mayfair (4 books)
  • Heiress Without a Cause (Muses of Mayfair, #1)
  • The Marquess Who Loved Me (Muses of Mayfair, #3)
  • The Earl Who Played With Fire (Muses of Mayfair, #4)

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