ARC Review | Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie

Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie | Marriage of Convenience #2
Historical Romance
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
ARC from Netgalley


Book Blurb: 

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?

| Book Review |

With several Anne Gracie books under my belt, I was confident I’d found an historical author I could count on for an enjoyable read. It makes me sad to report that her latest release, Marry in Scandal, just wasn’t what I was hoping for. I found Lily to be a heroine who was simple and hard to relate to, Edward incredibly underdeveloped, and the plot shallow. But the biggest problem for me with this book was that, aside from the setting and a few plot points, these heroines were plucked right from the modern world and thrown back in time.

Now I will admit that Lily was a very sweet girl, and I liked her very much in Marry in Haste. But she did not feel, to me, interesting enough to carry her own story, or, if we’re bringing modern days into an historical setting, old enough to be getting married. I didn’t find her naivete endearing, and I don’t like it when heroines manipulate the hero because they aren’t coming to terms with their issues quickly enough. It’s something that rubs me the wrong way and turns me completely off. As far as Ned goes, I did like his character, but obviously, only what I knew of him. I don’t feel like we got to know him enough to really feel the appreciation and relief he did at finally coming to terms with his past, and aside from the fact that Lily accepted him into her bed almost ravenously, I am unclear as to why he was so drawn to her. As for the pacing of this book, it started off so slow that we were at least a third of the way through before the story really even got under way, and the pace never picked up. Also, like I mentioned before, I don’t feel like Lily had enough going on to carry an entire story, and we never really delved into Ned’s character, so the entire story arc felt superficial to me. When I went back and read my review for the first book in the series, which I really enjoyed, I realized I barely mentioned the romance between the main characters. My review mostly focused on the family dynamic and how the way they came together was so interesting and very sweet. It seems without that element, the story is lacking, and it makes me sad to admit that. I loved Lily’s family so much in the first book.

There were a few things I think are worth mentioning – there was a family Lily and Ned stayed with near the beginning of the story, and the son and daughter who later travelled with them were so entertaining and fun to read about. And so was Sylvia, a woman from Lily and Rose’s past. She was the most compelling part of this story, and I hope she makes an appearance in upcoming books.

I did go back and forth between print (provided by the publisher) and audio (purchased by me,) and I think the narrator does a wonderful job with accents and intonation, even if she does sound a bit older than Lily is supposed to be.

At this point I am undecided on whether or not to continue the series. We have Georgiana’s story coming up, and I can’t help but think it will be even more modern-feeling than this one. If you don’t mind a more contemporary feeling historical, Marry in Scandal may work for you. But if you’re looking for an historical romance that has an historical feel, you may want to pass on this one.

| Rating |

Series | Marriage of Convenience


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  1. I’ve struggled with all those issues at some point, but snikies, all in the same book? I am one who prefers historical characters to reflect the times they are in even if it makes me wince b/c the past wasn’t always pretty and definitely not advanced, socially.
    The under-developed characters and lack of plot make me think its lucky you even finished. Glad the narrator carried it a little for you.

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    1. It really was Edward and wanting to know more about him that kept me reading. I’m just sad that his characterization never quite got there. Yes – I want an accurate reflection of the time period, too. It’s frustrating when history is so blatantly disregarded.


  2. Sorry that this one really missed the mark for you. Seems like the heroine was just too bland to carry the story. And I wouldn’t have liked the attempts at manipulation, either. It’s a shame how one book can really sour you on a series.

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    1. It really is. I am torn on whether or not to give it up because I love this author so much. But I just know this series isn’t going to work for me. I wish I had more willpower!


  3. I haven’t read this author before but I don’t think I will be starting with this book. I really like the characters to act like people did during the time period the book is set in unless there is some time travel or something to explain why they would be different. I hope your next read is better.

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    1. I like it when the characters actions reflect the time period, too. And it seems those books are getting harder and harder to come across. I find I’m not the odd man out here. In one of the Facebook groups I’m in, a few of the women mentioned they are staying away from newer releases and going back to books published 3 or 4 years ago. I may follow suit.

      Thanks Carole!


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