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A Scot in the Dark

(Scandal & Scoundrel #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  11,998 ratings  ·  1,331 reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Avon
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Sarah MacLean
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, mine, romance
I mean, it's mine. So, of course I like it, but here's a little more about why.

Here's a little teaser for those of you who are waiting so patiently! As you can see, the Duke of Warnick (the titular Scot in the Dark) has opinions:

He raised a brow. “It's a children’s love story.”
Lillian gaped at him. “It’s Romeo and Juliet.”
“Babes without any sense. Killing themselves over infatuation.”
“It’s considered one of the greatest love stories of all time.”
He lifted one shoulder and let it drop. “Unless
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Warning: if you do not want to read a piece of my mind, this is the time to leave. All opinions are exactly what they are: my personal opinions. I will not defend them, nor do I expect to convince anyone. My opinions are strictly my own. It has no bearing on the quality of the book, Sarah MacLean's caliber as a writer or whether one should or should not read this book.

I have made 2 decisions after reading this book:

1. Sarah MacLean and I must part our ways, citing irreconcilable differences.

ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review.

1.5 Rating Revised.

I want to start off by saying I love Sarah MacLean's books and she never disappoints,. Well almost never, but this one time. Yes, this is a first, I found this one Historical to be lacking.

I'm not going into the synopsis of the story as it's pretty self explanatory on the blurb. But I'll just say what I like and what I didn't in this review.

First of all Sarah Maclean can write and she does it well as always. The flow of the book a
Geri Reads
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Don't be fooled by the historical setting of this book because the things that the heroine went through felt very current. The idea of someone going through a very public humiliation like what Lillian went through in this was heartrending. This is a book that challenges your notion about scandals, slut-shaming, forgiveness, and redemption.

Ms. MacLean made Lillian a very sympathetic character to me. I normally would have a problem with a heroine who professed to love someone else durin
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I’ve read and enjoyed Sarah MacLean’s previous two series and I enjoyed the previous book in this one (The Rogue Not Taken), so I suppose she’s allowed a dud, and that is, I’m sorry to say, my overall impression of her latest book, A Scot in the Dark. The romance seems to come out of nowhere, the heroine’s actions often don’t make sense, and while it was a refreshing change to read of the hero having body-image issues, I really dislike that whole “I am not worthy” trope in romance, and it’s done ...more
2.5 stars - Historical Romance

My complete and utter frustration with both the heroine and hero and all their unnecessary drama and self-denial ruined this for me.
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol, historical
4.5 Scottish Knees Stars!!!!!!

This book basically consisted of gleeful giggles while slapping my kindle on my knees.

And dreaming about Scottish knees. And drooling over Scottish knees. Why oh why do men wear pants when they could be wearing kilts?! I mean, it’s a reasonable request….from most women (and some men). The Scots know what they’re doing to us, right?! Killing us with their sexy knees!

When all else fails, a real man says… | 12 Reasons Women Love Men in Kilts:

à la Mode St. » fashion

Her gaze traveled to the edge of the fabric, drinking in the curves and dips of his knees. She swa
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Englishwomen were supposed to be meek and biddable.

No one had told Lillian Hargrove such a thing, apparently.

4.5 stars

I so adore Sarah MacLean's storytelling! A Scot in the Dark has all the humor, all the romance, and all the passion I crave, and know I'll get, when reading one of her books. In all of her stories, especially this series, Ms. MacLean puts a historic twist on modern scandals, but her twists seem so much more delectable and entertaining because of 'proper society's' ridiculous rea

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This book is a broken promise between the author and me. The prologue and opening chapters of this book were so good. I was charmed and enraged and determined to follow these two characters to the ends of the world and hopefully a happily ever after. Somehow, I went from there to simply skimming. Bored. I was bored.

The painting is at the heart of the drama. It’s Lily’s ruin and Alec’s failing and these freaking people spend most of the bo
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
A woman on the verge of scandal, and a duke shunned by society.

As much as I did like A Scot In The Dark I feel like my dislikes are going to overwhelm what I liked about it, I'll try to keep this review balanced. While I enjoy angst as much as anyone else, I have a certain level of dislike for angst that comes with self loathing... From both characters. Self loathing can turn what was was a deliciously torturous romance filled with unfulfilled longing to a frustrating story about two characters
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean
Book Two of the Scandal & Scoundrel series
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 a
This book is absolutely ridiculous. Lily and Alec spend basically the entire time denying their feelings for the other person, then denying their own worthiness for marrying the other person. They even have sex and STILL they persist with this stupidity. I don't mind a little bit of that overused trope, but when it takes over the whole book it's too much and quite frankly it's lazy writing.

It also took way too long for Lily to come up with the bright idea of trying to find the nude painting of h
Mar 22, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
After the mess that was The Rogue Not Taken, I guess people can understand why I'm not too excited about this.

But hey, it's a new book, and it has a fookin' Scottish hero. Let's see if there's a way to resurrect this series.
An enjoyable enough one time read that had the potential to be super tantalising and compelling, but there was just something missing, that being said it did do wonders when it came to helping me escape from my reality of never ending assignment marking!


Title: A Scot in the Dark
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #2
Author: Sarah MacLean
Release date: August 30, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Historical romance fans, I have a confession: this is my first book by Sarah MacLean. I know, I know. Shocking! I've really moved away from the genre for the most part, but I was looking for an author that I could explore and get me more integrated into reading it more. My first impression was a good one. While I didn't love this particular
Stacey is Sassy
I'll take this Scot in the Dark...or the light...

I love my historical romance reads, but sometimes, I just want to jump into my book and punch a few aristocrats in the nose. The gentlemen thrive on the power they wield by making women dependant on their good nature. Then, we have ladies who use their wiles to manipulate, intimidate and discombobulate her opponents to achieve her place in society. A title holds power, money helps you stand out in a crowd and if your witty barbs hit before the ret
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
3.5 stars
I didn't like this as much as the previous book and I'd thought I'd love this one. I think it was the nonstop way the Duke, Alec, kept leaving Lily and telling her no to her feelings. He was one big tease.

Lily is the ward of the Duke of Warnick and she's caused a scandal by being the gf of a douchey artist guy who is about to show a nude painting of her to the world. Problem is the douchey artist has reneged on his promise of marriage and she never gave permission for her nude portrait
2.5 stars

This book had all the ingredients that should spell a good romance, but unfortunately it was executed poorly. I love the concept of this series by taking modern day scandals and adapting them for the Victorian era, and I have generally loved Sarah Maclean's series concepts and characters a lot. But unfortunately I've really found the two books in this series lacking.

The positives:
It was a fun book. It had really fun supporting characters like the Talbot sisters, I liked seeing West and
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'A Scot in the Dark' is book two in the "Scandal & Scoundrel" series by Sarah MacLean. This is the story of Miss Lillian Hargrove and Alec The Duke of Warnick.
Lillian has been alone most of her life and has been handed down by each Duke of Warnick that took over her Guardianship. So when a flirty man takes interest in her she falls for what he is saying and ends up letting him make a nude portrait of her. Which after he does it he pretty much done with her and plans to use it to make his work k
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Café au Drambuie review of A Scot in the Dark
A Café au Drambuie is a Scottish coffee. To prepare you will need a heated wine glass. Add 3 dessertspoons of Drambuie Whiskey and stir in one level dessertspoon of light brown sugar. Add fresh strong coffee leaving about an inch of glass exposed below the rim. Stir until sugar dissolves. Next place teaspoon upside down over glass and slowly pour double cream over spoon so that it floats on the surface. Enjoy! Today I am breaking my review down into
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eh, 2.5/5?

An unwilling Scottish duke, a surprise English ward (of said duke), a nude painting (of said ward)—ring the IT'S A SCANDAL! alarm, folks.

I wanted to love A Scot in the Dark. I thought I would. I enjoyed some parts of it. Maybe? Because problems.

I had to suspend my disbelief that a duke's solicitor would keep a ward the duke inherited along with his title a secret for, what, three or four years. Yeah. "Don't bother me with inessentials" just doesn't cut it somehow. The duke gets the n
*I gave this audiobook a B- for both the narration and story at AudioGals*

Narrated by Justine Eyre

Historical romance fans who enjoy the “guardian falls in love with his ward” stories, as well as a good dose of tongue in cheek humor based on improbable facts and play on words, will be the most intrigued by A Scot in the Dark. That said, this story provides an interesting twist to this common trope by presenting us with a ward who is more a woman (in her twenties) than a girl.

As for the narration,
Grace Cieleen
So are we really doing this, Ms. Maclean? Are we really going to tackle about a brooding, sexy, wicked Scot falling in love? Are we really going to take that wonderful character of the first book and give him his own wonderful story to tell?

If you insist, I'll be here waiting - you know, beyond excited.
Crystal Cook
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2021
That ending was perfection. And Sarah MacLean did a Scot SO GOOD!

In the second book of the Scandal & Scoundrel series, Sarah MacLean takes a ruined lady and pairs her up with probably the most unlikely man to restore her reputation. After being fooled by a scumbag artist and her nude portraits are exposed to the public, Miss Lillian Hargrove doesn’t know what she is going to do. Her life is essentially ruined and her reputation is in tatters. She becomes so desperate that she seeks out the help of the Duke of Warnick, a Scotsman who is more than a little
Book Riot Community
Sarah MacLean did not disappoint in this second Scandal and Scoundrels book. Our heroine is a thoroughly ruined young woman, and our hero the duke who discovers she has been his ward for five years. When he decides to leave his beloved Scotland and take the dreaded journey to London to save her from herself, he discovers a different woman than he expected. This novel is all kinds of wonderful; not only is this one of the few historical romances I’ve read in which neither party is a virgin and ne ...more
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible

I enjoyed listening to this one. I mean who doesn’t love a Scotsman in a kilt? 🥰 And there was a sweet epilogue too. ❤️
Lenora Bell
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah MacLean does it again! How does she do it? Seriously, I'm a writer and I want to know the secret. It's the sweeping emotions. The larger-than-life hero. The downtrodden heroine who I care about so deeply. I can't say more than that because the book isn't out yet...but this one is truly spectacular. The biggest, boldest, most passionate Sarah MacLean yet. Can't recommend it enough. ...more
Brian Johnson

For sheer narrative enjoyment, Sarah MacLean’s A Scot in the Dark wasn't a home run for me, but it did get me thinking. Despite some likeable characters, I frequently found myself bored by its narrative torpor and repetitive stylistic tics. Nevertheless, I’m glad I saw it through until the end because I enjoyed the conclusion of this Regency version of revenge porn and “scandal.”

The novel’s gender politics and situation are timely. Lillian Hargrove (“Lovely Lily,” as the
Jaime Arkin
I have found that I have to space out my Historical Fiction, and I recently went on a binge of Sarah MacLean titles and just couldn’t resist grabbing this one too!

I truly have enjoyed all of her books that I’ve read, and I’d probably rank this one up among my favorites!

Lilian Hargrove has lived most of her life alone… beautiful but set apart from the many people of society she is surrounded by. When a rising artist starts to pay her attention and claims her as her muse she can’t help but fall
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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.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of

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