Series Review: Scandal and Scoundrel

In the Scandal & Scoundrel series, Sarah MacLean relates her historical characters and the scandal sheets of London society at the time to celebrity gossip. This kind of thing is why I love MacLean so much. The Talbot sisters are hilarious and feminist as hell. This is my least favorite of her series so far (I really love her first series, By the Numbers), but it’s still great. These are definitely worth a read. Also, you have to appreciate those punny titles.

CONTENT WARNING! This book is for adults only; it is not appropriate for school libraries.
Series Review: Scandal and ScoundrelThe Rogue Not Taken
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1
Published 2015 by Avon
419 pages. eBook
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, and suddenly opposites are altogether too attractive…

This was my first Sarah MacLean novel and I adored it. It was nice to read a great historical and remember how much I love them. I love the wit and I especially loved how Sophie knew her own mind and wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself. I couldn’t stop reading once I started. There were one or two things that bugged me (sorry that I don’t remember what they were since I wrote this over a year ago), but it was still one of the best historical sites I’ve read. I’ll be reading more by MacLean and I’ll certainly be continuing this series.

CONTENT WARNING! This book is for adults only; it is not appropriate for school libraries.
Series Review: Scandal and ScoundrelA Scot in the Dark
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #2
Published 2016 by Avon
342 pages. ARC
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Lonesome Lily Turned Scandalous SirenMiss 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 the one man who might save her from ruin.

Highland Devil turned Halfhearted DukeThe Duke of Warnick loathes all things English, none more so than the aristocracy. It does not matter that the imposing Scotsman has inherited one of the most venerable dukedoms in Britain—he wants nothing to do with it, especially when he discovers that the unwanted title comes with a troublesome ward, one who is far too old and far too beautiful to be his problem.

Tartan Comes to TownWarnick arrives in London with a single goal: get the chit married and see her become someone else's problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. It's the perfect plan, until Lily declares she'll only marry for love...and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much...

Like all of MacLean’s books, this one is full of witty banter and that constant anticipation that keeps me from putting it down. I spent most of my relaxing day off right after ALA and Universal last summer reading this book.

I really loved the discussion of the gender politics of the time. Lily is bearing the brunt of the scandal because she’s a woman, while the jerk who took advantage of her gets to enjoy pats on the back and jokes about her with his friends. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

My one and only issue with this one is that I was pretty over reading about how large Alec was and how he didn’t fit in any of the furniture and clothes never fit him. My husband is a big guy with a lot of the same problem, so I get it. It just seemed like it was mentioned in every single scene. That aside, this is still going on my favorites shelf and I’ll still be rereading it along with all her other books.

CONTENT WARNING! This book is for adults only; it is not appropriate for school libraries.
Series Review: Scandal and ScoundrelThe Day of the Duchess
by Sarah MacLean
Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #3
Published 2017 by Avon
400 pages. eBook
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

The one woman he will never forget…Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

This one wasn’t one of  my favorite of Sarah MacLean’s books, but it was solid. The Talbot sisters were all together throughout most of this book, and I just love them. It was interesting to get the backstory on one of the first events in the series. I also liked some of the historical women’s issues brought up in this one, particularly about all property belonging to the husband in the marriage at the time. It was a nice end to the series. I can’t wait for her next series. Those books will be pre-ordered as soon as possible.

This book counts towards my New Releases challenge.

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