I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie
Series: Marriage of Convenience #2
Published by Berkley on April 3, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
A shy heiress and a well-known rake face a scandal-forced marriage that might be true love in the latest irresistible romance from the national bestselling author of Marry in Haste.
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?
Marry in Haste was such a wonderful read, and I adore everything about this book. There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like except the beginning was a bit slow. But once it picked up then it really set fire to the story and the romance. I have always been a fan in how Anne Gracie handles historical romance, she writes them so very well. So I was delighted to grab this one up. I haven’t read book one, but I feel like you don’t need to. Although now, I really REALLY want to since it features our heroine’s older brother and sister in lawn. But this story totally worked for me, because of the heroine.
I love you, Lily Rutherford Galbraith, with all my heart. It doesn’t matter to me what you can or can’t do. Whatever life throws at us, we’ll manage it together.
She was pretty wonderful but she is not a character that everyone will love reading. She is shy and reserved but has a strong resilience but she can be a bit naive but I think its due to her circumstances and how protective her family is of her. We see her grow into her own wings in this story and see what she is capable of.
In this story, our heroine, Lily, was sent away to school with her sister when her father learned that she couldn’t learn to read and considered her “defective”. Lily is kindhearted but shy and innocent. She has been overly protected by her sisters and brother and shield her from any conflicts of life. But while attending a party to help a girl who once hated her in school, she is kidnapped by a man who wants her inheritance and is determined to marry her in Gretna Green. After a few days, she manages to escape and runs into a man she least expected…Edward Galbraith. One of her brothers closest friends and even though he is rumored to be a rake, he treats her with kindness and generosity. But when a scandal reaches the Ton about her bring “alone” with Edward, they are forced to marry. but Lily is determined to find love with Edward and to be the best wife. Both Edward and Lily have a friendship and have some powerful chemistry that they share. But Edward once fought in the war when he was eighteen and came back hardened and emotionally damaged. We see how the love that Edward and Lily have for each other, help both of them overcome their weaknesses and become stronger together. And the chemistry was suprisingly well done and sweeps you off your feet
Kissing Edward was like hot spiced wine, and ….fire–oh, there were no words, only feelings.
I found Marry in Scandal to be a heartwarming and romantic story that curled my toes and I couldn’t put this story down. I was so fully invested in this story and I was charmed by these characters that tug at your heartstrings.