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A Scot in the Dark
A Scot in the Dark: Scandal & Scoundrel | Sarah MacLean
161 posts | 135 read | 4 reading | 85 to read
Lonesome Lily turned Scandalous SirenMiss Lillian Harwood 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 doesnt 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 Britainhe 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 elses problem, then return to a normal, quiet life in Scotland. Its the perfect plan, until Lily declares shell only marry for love . . . and the Scot finds that there is one thing in England he likes far too much . . .
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bunny
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My first Sarah MacLean, but I'll definitely be reading more! I loved the heroine and hero, the secondary characters were fun, and the plot kept me turning pages all day. #romantsy

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Mariana1
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New reading 🥰😍

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Valink
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To read or to craft- always a difficult decision!

Nessavamusic That is why audiobooks are awesome, craft and read! 12mo
Valink @Nessavamusic very true! I was listening to an audiobook while making dinner tonight. 12mo
wanderinglynn Love your embroidery! The colors are fantastic! 12mo
Valink @wanderinglynn thank you! Some are the colors the pattern called for, and some aren‘t. I didn‘t have all of them, but I have so much embroidery floss that I didn‘t want to go buy more! 12mo
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ness
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Pickpick

This was a fun one, but yikes to all the ableist language. #24in48

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ness
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Now for something completely different. #24in48

Nessavamusic Love this one! 12mo
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nadine_swartz
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I am sick, so it's time for a trashy romance!

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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

Such a great historical romance! Funny and steamy - such a good combination #romance #romantsy

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HighLadyoftheStacks
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This was a fun read and exactly what I needed after a month of semi lackluster reading! Since I started school again, and I‘m working on top of it, reading has fallen by the way side; I needed something quick and fun and this fit the bill. The steamy bits are great and the writing is even better than I was expecting!

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HighLadyoftheStacks

I said I was only going to read spooky books but this one has been sitting on my nightstand, begging to be read, for too long.

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Owlizabeth
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After a frustrating day of starting half a dozen books, I‘ve finally settled into a reread of this one - just in time for bed. #romantsy

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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

Another great book by Sarah MacLean. Alec was kind of annoying going back and forth so much and thinking he wasn‘t good enough for Lily. That‘s the only peeve I had. Otherwise a great story, Lily was a strong female character.

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kayceecruz
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It has been many, many years since I have read any kind of romance novel that did not involve a supernatural element and even longer since I read a historical romance. I had heard great things about MacLean so I decided to give it a try and I am glad I did.

Ms. MacLean embodies her characters with such humor and both the female and male characters are given some lovely depths. It feels very modern for a historical novel and I enjoyed it!

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ThatBookishGal
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I actually liked this one more than the first book in the series! Not exactly sure what made this one different. On to the next one!

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daniwithtea
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Mehso-so

I definitely didn‘t enjoy this as much as the first book - the addition of the sisters felt like an afterthought, and oh man I wanted to smack the Duke! Looking forward to book 3 though.

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daniwithtea
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Went to bed early to try to adjust my sleep schedule for vacation, but no luck. :/ Getting some audiobook time in, at least!

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howjessreads
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Battle of the pun-tastic Scottish romances! Which would you pick??

margreads I like both authors but if i had to pick it would be A Scot in the Dark 2y
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ReviewsbytheMrs 😂 I would have to agree with everyone on this! 💜 2y
Dragon I own it so gotta vote for it 2y
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HeatherBlue
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About to start my first romance novel (that isn‘t paranormal romance). Excited!!!

heikemarie Sarah Maclean is amazing!!! What a great one to start with! 2y
Laughterhp 💚 Sarah MacLean! She‘s my favorite romance author! 2y
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VanChocStrawberry
Mehso-so

I‘m fairly new to romance, but I‘ve figured out what I like and don‘t like:
Like: good writing
Dislike: super detailed sex scenes, repetitive speed bumps, alpha males

Maclean writes great characters with witty banter. However, the book is interminable. And I skipped the sex scenes! 😂
Maybe I‘ll finish as an ebook? This was recommended by Get Booked.

ETA: finished as an ebook.

GondorGirl Sex scenes in audio books always make me a little squicky. I always worry that someone might overhear, even if I have headphones on. 2y
VanChocStrawberry @GondorGirl squicky is a good word. The scenes also made me laugh, which is definitely not what the author was going for! 2y
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VanChocStrawberry
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@Tiffy_Reads #gettingtoknowyou @JenaJenkins
—light blue, pale green, orange, yellow
—autumn
—fantasy, contemporary fiction
—whatever craft strikes my fancy, currently cross stitch
—popcorn, apples
—peach-pear la croix
—bookmarks, bookends, candles
@ChrisSmithIndy

JenaJenkins Peach-pear? I don‘t think I‘ve tried that flavor yet. Sounds yum. 2y
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Bianca
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Another library hold just came in, plus In Other Lands became available the other day, and I have yet to download it. Oops.

It really is #libraryholdsday @JoScho

JoScho Lol this is like the fifth one I have seen today! 2y
minkyb I was just literally listening to Amanda talk about this on All The Books! Enjoy. 2y
Bianca @minkyb I'm listening to the same episode right now! 2y
minkyb 😂😁🤣 2y
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BooksAtNight
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What a perfect read while sick in bed! There is a sassy heroine, a frustrated hero, and such a good discussion on consent. First MacLean and now I can see why so many folks recommend her!

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Verity
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One of my favourite authors, but not one of my favourite of hers. Can‘t quite put my finger in why though. It‘s still very good and better than any of the other historicals I‘ve read recently, just not as good as I expect from MacLean sadly.

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Verity
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Internal monologue: what shall I read next? *stares at bookshelf* I really should read something nonfiction. *stare at shelf some more* you‘ve done two whole days back at work after the holidays. You deserve a treat. Sarah MacLean it is.

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Dragon
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September has been a busy month and #romantsy reads have helped me through it. Just finished my first Sarah MacLean historical romance. Lillian Hargrove is the forgotten ward of an accident prone dukedom. When a scandal threatens to ruin Lillian the current Duke, a very large Scot, turns up to sort things out. Plenty of heat and hi jinks ensue. 👍🔥

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brennahawleycraig
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Used this as a palate cleanser during a very, very busy week. I'm talking days full of 90% meetings or more. 😫 on the plus side, tomorrow we buy another bookshelf and go to one of the best bookstores in town!

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cariashley
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Pickpick

Another Sarah MacLean gem. This is a steamy one! 🍑🍑 #romantsy

julesG This mug. 😍😍😍 2y
cariashley @julesG yeah it's one of my faves ☺️ 2y
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Jeanette
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This is why I designate a stack of books to read at the lake. It's way worse in person and smells more like lake than book at this point.

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Jeanette
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This book got very wet at the lake today.

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AshleyS
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These should last me the weekend :)

melrailey So very good. 3y
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AmandaMarie
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Time for book 2! #osrbc #romantsy

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Smangela
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Pickpick

All of the sudden I'm not digging the intimate scenes, I skipped right over them. I am still a bit unsure of how I feel about the ending... overall a pick for me!

TsundokuAleax What did you not like? I personally loved the reason he did not feel worthy. It was so different from what you normally get. 3y
Smangela @TsundokuAleax I liked that too. I'm not sure how I feel about her returning the painting; I was really excited for Hawkins to get his due! 3y
TsundokuAleax @Smangela Oh, okay. I get that. It was an odd choice but at the same time I felt it kinda made sense for her to do that. She did not want to be cowed by this painting and she was also making the point that she would not let it ruin her life. Also I think in the grand sense he did get his due. They made mention of the fact that their love story is what the painting became known for. No one remembered who the artist was. 3y
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TsundokuAleax @Smangela Which in the grand scheme and from what Hawkins boasted about, is truely the best revenge. No one even remembers him in the 'story' of the paonting. 3y
Smangela @TsundokuAleax ooooh that's a really good point I kind of forgot the epilogue! Lol 3y
TsundokuAleax @Smangela honestly, if it was not for the epilogue, the end of the book would not work so well. Also the bit with the shoes gets me so hard. 3y
Smangela @TsundokuAleax yesssssss the shoes 😍😍😍😍 3y
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ScientistSam
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A quite enjoyable historical romance that plays off the issues of paparazzi and scandal- mongering. 4/5⭐s.
#romantsy

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melissarochelle
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Pickpick

MacLean writes such fun characters. While I didn't LOVE this one as much as the 1st in the series, I'm still very much looking forward to the next one!

And yay me! I actually finished a book during the #readathon!

ReadingSusan Yay!! 🎉🎊 3y
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melissarochelle
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Sarah MacLean eBook, Laline Paull book, and LOTS of reading buddies. #readathon

Reviewsbylola That was me earlier! 😍👧🏻🐱 3y
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TsundokuAleax
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Just had to figure out a way to make use of this lovely spring shot. For my Secret Santa, I have cleaned up my stacked list so it only has books that I do not own currently. I have started collecting items for my match and will work on picking out books soon. #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #SummerSantaGoesPostal @bookishmarginalia

EloisaJames Beautiful! 3y
TsundokuAleax @EloisaJames Thank you! It is finally clearing up so I am hoping to get some outdoor shots in this weekend. 3y
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Hevabean
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Library trip!

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TsundokuAleax
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Pickpick

This was such a good book. It definitely plays on the paparazzi of the time period and the trope of the hero feeling unworthy of his love. The big reveal of why, holy crap. It is a good one and totally puts everything into perspective. Normally they are fairly alpha male reasons but this one turns the trope on its head. Also the chapter titles are to die for. I will have to post some of them soon.#romantsy #CupidGoesPostal

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EchoMyEscape
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Pickpick

Steamy! 😳Loved it!!!

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EchoMyEscape
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This is one of the few reasons I like my Kindle reading, being able to look up definitions to words! 😂 for instance bollocks = the testicles 🙄😂😂

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Abby-J
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This is the first romance novel I've read in which an actual bodice was literally ripped. I feel like I've been through some sort of rite of passage.

Suzze 👏👏👏 3y
Wife 😂🌹 3y
drokka 🎉 3y
CrowCAH Initiation complete. 😊 3y
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EchoMyEscape
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Started this last night and I am loving it! This is my first Sarah MacLean ... Wish me luck lol

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The_Literary_Jedi
Mehso-so

Book two of this little series and I liked this one as well but perhaps not nearly as much as the first. A rough Scottish born lord and a damsel in distress

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Kristio
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Reveling in this rare morning off with coffee and a good book on the front porch :) #perfection #itsalmostspringinthemitten

Jenshootsweddings Morning coffee and reading on the front porch is my absolute fave ❤ 3y
Kristio @Jenshootsweddings Mine too! It's usually wayyyyy too cold in February here in Michigan, but we're having a nice warm spell and I'm taking advantage 💙💙💙 3y
Zelma Looks very relaxing. I wish I had a front porch but I make do with my carport and camping chair. 😋 3y
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youngreadrshelf
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What I like about MacLean's books is the women aren't vapid wastes of skin. They are self-reliant. It is a partnership rather than a domination. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterS @BookishMarginalia

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Kristio
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It's a gorgeous springlike day in February! Perfect for checking out this awesome romance novel while I lounge in the sunshine ❤️ Thanks @rebeccaschinsky for the recommendation! Book Riot podcasts are the best! #allthebooks

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CuriousG
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Day 14 of #riotgrams is a great one.... #kissingbooks
Couldn't find my favourite book #BollywoodBride , but there were lots of others to choose from.

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Jeanette
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Bright af Valentine's nails, and finally reading this for real. Edit: totally counts for #riotgrams day 14: kissing books, even though I posted it last night.

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stargazerblue49
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Pickpick

This was sooooo good, you guys! The reason for my book hangover this morning! I love the ties to the Rules of Scoundrels books and I love that MacLean's heroines are always so wonderfully written. And guys - that cover 😍😍😍

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stargazerblue49
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So much focus on everyone's legs! This made me giggle 😏

CoverToCoverGirl When I read this post my first response was a giggle too! 🤗 3y
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stargazerblue49
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This is my view of the hubs and kittehs as I get some quiet reading time in this morning. ??? I am such a sucker for the typical "alpha-male" trope, but I am loving the little tweaks that MacLean has added to this one.

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