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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Review: Scandal with a Sinful Scot (Men of Wollstonecraft Hall #2) by Karyn Gerrard


Print Length: 230 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 5, 2018)

From Goodreads.com: “You must lock away your heart at all costs.”

Falling in love was the darkest moment of Garrett Wollstonecraft’s privileged youth, even as he and Abigail Hughes shared a blissful summer of passionate promise. Sworn to keep Abigail safe from the curse plaguing generations of Wollstonecraft men, Garrett sacrificed his future happiness. Now, fourteen years after he lost his heart, Abigail reenters his life. But the woman who arrives unannounced at his ancestral manor is very different from the sheltered girl Garrett once knew.

The widow of a country doctor, Abigail can’t forgive Garrett for his cruel rejection. Yet she can no longer keep the truth from him—a secret that could have resulted in her ruin. But as the embers of desire reignite, and Abigail and Garrett slowly rebuild trust, a malicious enemy plots against them. Is their love strong enough to break free from the sins of the past—and to end the tragic cycle that consigns Garrett to a life of loneliness?



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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

The premise of this story was so interesting that I couldn't wait to jump right in. I was expecting a second-chance love story between two people who find their way back to one another after over a decade of being apart. What I got was two people so immature that it was hard to believe they were supposed to be in their thirties. I get it. Really I do. You loved him, and he broke your heart and cast you aside. You loved her, and she didn't tell you the secret she carried. Mistakes were made on both sides, and harsh words spoken. I do NOT need to be reminded of this every other sentence. Seriously. They agree to leave the past in the past, they agree they harbor scars from what was said and done, and they agree to move forward slowly. And the very next second they are at each others throats once again for the words and actions taken fourteen years ago. It got tiring quickly. 

In fact, it was so tiring there were times I nearly gave up on reading. It got to the point where I didn't care if they got their happily-ever-after, nor did I really care the outcome of any of the other sub-plots. When I finished, there was just  great sense of relief. It was over. I can move on. 

However, when I look at this entire story as a whole, I am certain it may still appeal to readers of the first novel (especially if they are fans of this author) as well as others who don't mind a constant rehashing of the past. I would probably give this author another chance.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                      Scandal with a Sinful Scot is available from Amazon.com

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