A Season of Ruin
Sutherland Scandals, Book #2
By Anna Bradley
Author’s Website: http://www.annabradley.net/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
Lily Somerset’s plan for the London season is simple: courtship, marriage to a respectable gentleman, then the comfortable existence of a proper Lady. That is, until one tiny misstep leaves Lily on the edge of social ruin, forcing her to depend on a wicked rogue to save her reputation.
Robyn Sutherland doesn’t save reputations—he sullies them. He’d rather be drawn and quartered than find himself spending the season as Lily’s escort. But he has no choice but to stay until her tattered standing is mended.
What begins as a ruse to deceive London soon flames into an uncontrollable passion. Robyn calls to the wild spirit that lurks beneath Lily’s prim exterior, and Lily awakens the hero’s heart within Robyn. But can these unlikely lovers trust themselves enough to let desire overrule reason?
I must say when I started reading this book I was a little disappointed. The story between Robyn and Lily got a bit wordy and lengthy and tended to burden me with too much detail, however as I read on I must say I got enamored by Lily and Robyn’s love story. At times I wanted to shake them both. Robyn for being a bull in a china shop in the romance department- It certainly took me a while to see that underneath he was really a nice lad and Lily for continuing to put her foot in her mouth either by words and or actions.
The story had some cute side characters and I must say at times they kept me reading on. I loved the grandmother who gave insight to the perils of being wed to a strong minded man and showed how as a married woman the husband ruled the household even to the extent of banishing family members. She pegged Robyn for what he was from the first time she met him however was also the first to realize his real feelings for Lily. She saw the importance of Lily following her heart rather than doing her duty.
All in all it was a good read for what turned out to be a grey afternoon. Not my favorite book but one that I would still recommend for those who like historical fiction.