Series: Muses of Mayfair #2
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press on April 7, 2012
Genres: Historical Romance, Adult
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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 she yearns to write. Since she can’t escape him, she must distract him from her secret...
He isn’t looking for love...
A powerful autocrat with a well-hidden rebellious streak, Malcolm MacCabe doesn’t need another beautiful mistress–he needs an obedient wife. Obedience is not one of Amelia’s virtues. But he’s too enthralled by her wit and passion to let her go–even if it means risking the political reputation he is building to save his clan.
Their hearts can’t survive the scandal...
Despite their intentions, every wicked embrace binds them together. But as their conflicting desires combust into insatiable hunger and unavoidable ruin, they must decide whether to pursue their personal destinies alone–or fight for the love that could destroy them both.
At A Glance
I liked the story, but not the characters.
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 career in the world of politics, but his attraction to Amelia’s firey spirit is too hard to resist. I loved their predicament. So juice and complicated.
The characters didn’t keep me reading, but the drama heavy plot did. I HAD to know what would happen at the end. This story is raw. The characters have a lot of flaws and often don’t do the right thing. I always had this sense of sadness while reading because nothing seems to go right for anyone. And for some reason, I kind of liked it. Not even sure why.
Amelia seemed really strong at first but every time Malcolm kissed her she became a compliant, non-thinking mush ball who had no aspirations of her own. She let Malcolm get away with way too much. A very weak character in the end.
Malcolm ruins Amelia on purpose so she is forced to marry him or else lose face in society, even though he knows the girl he is meant for is her best friend. He cared nothing for their ruined friendship. He also cared nothing for Amelia’s feelings toward the end when her secrets come out. He is actually psychologically abusive in my opinion. He used sex to control Amelia and rejected her so many times after using her body for both their pleasure, it was kind of sickening to watch.
I did not like any of the side characters either. Prudence is the woman spurned by Malcolm but she hates her best friend, who honestly was there for Prudence’s best interest, more than the man who actually forced the witnessed kiss on Amelia. Prudence then blackballs her and pretty much ruins Amelia’s life by spilling her secrets. I felt bad for Prudence for one second until she showed her true colors. And the rest of Amelia’s friends are just as bad. They don’t seem like friends at all.
The sex was good in the beginning since there was a lot of sexual attraction, but once the sex turned into a tool to control Amelia and downright degradation, I started skimming.
Even though I kind of hated the characters in Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, I still enjoyed it, as stupid as that sounds. I think I am in this weird reading phase, odd reviews are coming out as a result. So…yeah. Recommended, kinda.
“Despite all the odds, and all her denials, she’d found what she needed. And it wasn’t in the pages of a book. It was in his heart, bleeding on the ground in front of her, waiting for her to pick it up.”