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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review: Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie

Anne Gracie's current romance is a delight and just as lovely as the first.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 3, 2018

Shy young heiress, Lady Lily Rutherford, is in no hurry to marry. She dreams of true love and a real courtship. But when disaster strikes, she finds herself facing a scandal-forced marriage to her rescuer, Edward Galbraith, a well known rake.

Despite his reputation Lily is drawn to the handsome Galbraith. In the gamble of her life, she agrees to marry him, hoping to turn a convenient marriage into a love match.

As heir to a title, Galbraith knows he must wed, so a convenient marriage suits him perfectly. But there is a darkness in his past, and secrets he refuses to share with his tender-hearted young bride. All Lily's efforts to get close to him fall on stony ground, and in desperation she retreats to his childhood home--the place he's avoided for nearly a decade.

Must Lily reconcile herself to a marriage without love? Or will Galbraith realize that this warm-hearted, loving girl is the key to healing the wounds of his past--and his heart?

What’s it About? Lady Lily Rutherford dreams of marrying for love but when she finds herself in the middle of a disaster, she has no choice but to marry her rescuer and known rake, Edward Galbraith. Despite being forced to marry in order to avoid scandal, Lily is drawn to Edward and hopes to turn their marriage of convenience into a real one. Edward however doesn’t want a real marriage, he has secrets in his past that he’d rather not share with Lily so he keeps her at arm’s length until she finally leaves and runs to Edward’s childhood home, a place he hasn’t seen in years. Once there, Lily starts to piece together her husband’s secrets as she waits to see if he will come for her and face his past or leave her to live a separate life from him.

Overall reaction to the story? Anne Gracie really won me over with the first book in this series (Marry in Haste), Cal Rutherford’s story introduced his two half sisters, Rose and Lily. Lily’s come a long way in a short time but she is still that same smart, shy girl with a big heart.

I was a little nervous about reading Marry in Scandal though. I was afraid Lily would be dull and too much of a pushover as a heroine. She’s a clever woman now but at the same time she still had that fragile, na├»ve air of the little girl she once was. I liked grown up Lily because while she wasn’t as outspoken and mischievous as her sister Rose and definitely not wild like her niece Georgiana, Lily had a silent but no less determined personality. She didn’t scold, she didn’t nag, and she didn’t get hysterical even though at certain times it would have been totally justified. I loved her way of handling Edward who could be quite the bear from time to time. Lily never reacted in a shrewish way; instead she countered his attitude with patience, firmness, and compassion, the last of which is one of her defining qualities. I loved that about her, she was sweet but not a pushover.

Edward on the other hand was closed off, surly and very secretive but underneath that is a man with a heart as big as Lily’s. He just doesn’t handle loss very well. I actually do enjoy the grumpy heroes, the ones who have all but shut themselves off from the world and only exist without living. It makes it all the more satisfying when they fall in love. In Edward’s case I love that he was overwhelmed by Lily’s quiet presence in his life. He was befuddled by her even as he was attracted to her. Their romance was slow in progressing from infatuation to attraction and then to love but in the meantime Marry in Scandal grants the reader a chance to really get to know Edward and Lily and to reacquaint themselves with Lily’s unconventional family. Lily’s sister Rose and niece Georgiana are both older and still as feisty as ever. Rose is a lady with a sharp tongue and a fierce loyalty to her loved ones. Georgiana on the other hand may have the same fierce loyalty as Rose but she spent quite a bit of time running wild before she was discovered. She loves animals more than people (My kind of character), can ride and shoot like a man, and has rebellion swimming in her veins. I can’t wait for her to get her own story and I hope she retains that spirited attitude.

Marry in Scandal is its own story, Lily and Edward are for the most part, on their own away from Lily’s family so that they can get to know each other. The book is a standalone but I would highly recommend reading the series in order. I loved the first book and I loved this one as well.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Lily’s gentle spirit will win you over just like she did Edward.

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