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