Never Marry A Scandalous Duke is full of sparkling ambiance and delightful characters! Lady Sara Elsmere is a spinster who would rather study butterflies than attends balls. There is also the embarrassing habit she has of laughing when asked to dance. Ian McAllister, the Duke of Dorchester, is a cold, shrewd businessman and a scandalous womanizer. Ian has also acquired two young wards closer to devils than little boys. Ian and Sara are caught in a compromising situation and settle on a businesslike marriage arrangement.
Ian is your typical gorgeous, aloof, self-important duke. I love how Ian has buried his emotions, yet Sara brings them out. Some of my favorite scenes are when Sara gets Ian to laugh and have fun. Sara is a character I couldn’t help but love. Sara is more comfortable with bugs than people; with Ian’s assistance, Sara learns how to be comfortable with herself without being nervous.
I can’t write my review without mentioning the ornery, lonesome, comical young wards. The boy’s antics left me with a smile. From their first encounter, I felt the spark between Ian and Sara. I loved how the couple’s romance was allowed to breathe and grow organically between sensual, passionate scenes.
This was a clever page-turner, and it moved rapidly. I was always connected to the characters, and the storyline kept me intrigued. This is a character-driven story, and each character was carefully and meticulously crafted, from Ian to the butler. Never Marry A Scandalous Lord is the sixth book in The Infamous Lords series. I was delighted with this intelligent, seductive entertaining romance!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: June 28, 2022