ARC Review | For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley

For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley
Series: Besotted Scots
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: February 18th, 2020
ARC from Netgalley

After a sheltered upbringing, Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe is finally embarking on her first season, eager to experience everything she’s missed. When Lucy realizes that her uncle plans to quickly marry her off in exchange for a slice of her fortune, she begs a favor of a new acquaintance, Ciaran Ramsey. If Lucy remains single until she turns twenty-one, she—and her money—will be out of her uncle’s power. All the charming Scot needs to do is woo her for six weeks, and then jilt her…

The Ramseys don’t need the scandal of a false engagement attached to their name. But Lucy’s older suitor is both distasteful and dangerous, and Ciaran can’t allow his lovely friend to be forced to marry such a man. And besides, the more time Ciaran spends with his new “betrothed,” the more their ruse begins to feel very much like the real thing. Passion like this is impossible to feign, but how much is a rogue willing to risk for love?

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Anna Bradley has been a favorite of mine since I read A Wicked Way to Win an Earl. I find her books to be so much fun, and filled with romance. For the Sake of a Scottish Rake should have been a shoo-in for me. And for the first ¾ it was. But then, sadly, things fell apart.

Right off the bat, it took me a while to get invested in this story. For a large chunk of the beginning, we only see Lucy and Ciaran together, and it felt like I didn’t get to see them reflect on their relationship much. Because they always met on the mornings in the beach, it felt long and repetitive, and I wanted to see them out and about. How did they act with other people, and how often did they think of each other when they weren’t together? I did finally get that, and that’s really when I started to enjoy the story. I liked Lucy’s cousin, Eloisa. She was a voice of reason for Lucy, and it took her a while to warm up to Lucy’s escapades. As I would expect from a woman who was raised among the nobility. I also really enjoyed Ciaran’s friends, though I find the male groups in Historical Romance do tend to be more interesting simply because they’re able to carouse.

Along with Lucy and Ciaran’s story, there are two other romances that are playing out in this book, but they’re both in the background. I found them to be a bit superficial and rushed, and because it was three female friends with three male friends, it gave this story more of a fantasy (not the genre) feel that I would have enjoyed more when I was younger, I think. What really made my love for this book lessen was the end, and how it became even more modern. For one, Lucy talks about ‘her truth,’ which, in that time period, felt so silly to me. Though, if I’m being honest, it feels silly to me today, as well, as truth is absolute. But the fact is, this is a modern concept, and to see the words put right out there in an Historical was incredibly jarring. And then we have the fact that Lucy won’t marry Ciaran because, #1, she made up her mind that she never wanted to be married, and #2, he doesn’t love her. Good reasons, I guess. Except that the man her guardian has promised her to is suspected of killing his first young wife. And she and Ciaran were, according to both of them, the best of friends. If you thought you’d never get to choose your husband, but now you have the option of marrying your best friend and escaping marriage to a murdering noble, wouldn’t you take it? Well…obviously. Unless you’re in an Historical Romance that no longer cares about the restrictions of the time period.

So, in the end, For the Sake of a Scottish Rake was entertaining enough, but there were parts that dragged and made it feel too modern for my tastes. Leaving it as a middle of the road read for me. I’m not ready to give up on Anna Bradley yet, because she has written some of my very favorite books. But I’ll be going into the next book I pick up by her with some caution.

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Series: Besotted Scots

5 thoughts on “ARC Review | For the Sake of a Scottish Rake by Anna Bradley

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  1. There are some things are universal no matter the era, but yes, I agree that there are still many others that are philosophies of specific eras especially when a turn of phrase is employed to describe it. I can tolerate a certain amount of modern thinking in a historical, but there is a line when it ruins the historical aspect for me.

    And, yeah, to suddenly balk about marrying the guy after being friends and establishing trust with the alternative being a possible killer you don’t know? That would frustrate me enough to sour my enjoyment, too.

    I think I’ve read one of her books, but I do have others on my wish list when I get back into a strong mood for historicals.

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  2. I am sorry to hear that this one was such a disappointment for you darling. The whole modernization of historical romance has really bugged me. I think a lot of it has to do with just appealing to new readers and some pushes of just society as a whole really. I will read some of your favorites you mentioned. Because I have heard good things about this author.

    Great review.

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  3. I think I would definitely marry my best friend over a murderer but that’s just me 🙂 It can feel off when modern things work their way into historical romances. I do need to give this author a try at some point.

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