Monday, January 26, 2015

Title:       Never Surrender to a Scoundrel [One Scandalous Season, book 03]
Author:   Lily Dalton
Rating:   ★★★

At first I wanted to stop reading because I couldn't connect to the female protagonist, Clarissa. She sounded young, spoiled, and confused. I do consider her young and spoiled, although I'm glad she was able to grow up and take consequences for her actions. We've all been there, haven't we, doing something stupid because of love?


A Reckless Desire . . .
Lady Clarissa Bevington is in trouble. A reckless indiscretion has left her with two choices: ruin her family with the scandal of the Season, or marry Mr. Kincraig, the notorious scoundrel mistaken as her lover. Desperate and disgraced, Clarissa vows to love and cherish a veritable stranger, a man whose eyes smolder with danger-and undeniable desire . . .

An Unexpected Arrangement
As an agent for the Crown, Lord Donovan Blackmer has spent the last two years guarding Clarissa's grandfather from an unknown assassin while disguised as the rakehell Kincraig. His mission may now be over, but his duty has just begun. Salvaging his beautiful, impetuous wife's virtue will cost him his fortune and his position as an officer-but it might save him from the ghosts that haunt his own past. When their marriage "in name only" leads to exquisite seduction, Donovan must risk the only thing he has left to lose . . . his heart.

But until the end, I didn't connect with her.

Salvation for Never Surrender to a Scoundrel came in the form of the male protagonist, Kincraig. He is honorable, loving, and kind. I say kind because no matter how provoked he was, he never slurred Clarissa and even became protective of him. I so rarely like just one protagonist in a story because what draws me to the historical romance genre is the love story between the two leads. But the 'injustices' that Kincraig went through pulled me to the story and made me want to know what will happen to him until the end.

There is a mystery element in the story that was drawn out, but the ending felt a little anti-climactic in that it was resolved too quickly. But then again, Never Surrender to a Scoundrel is more romance than mystery, so it's not that big of a deal.

All in all, Never Surrender to a Scoundrel was good, but it didn't leave me gloriously excited like I hoped it would.

Have you read any good historical romance books lately? I'm really in need of some recommendations!