Annabelle Green needs a husband-and quickly. To inherit the only home she’s ever known, she must be married by her twenty-fifth birthday. But finding a suitor has been next to impossible after a reckless rogue named Quinton Carlisle seduced her into a scandalous midnight tryst. Her reputation in ruins, Belle now needs a rather large favor. And she knows just who to turn to . . .
Quinn can hardly believe that the shy bookish girl he teased as a child has grown into such a brazen beauty. The very idea of marrying Belle to right the wrongs of his past is downright shocking . . . and deliciously tempting. Too bad marriage, convenient or otherwise, is the last thing Quinn wants. He’ll help Belle find a husband and be on his way. But if he can’t control his attraction to the bride-to-be, this marriage could go up in flames-of wicked desire.
Titles in the Capturing the Carlisles series include: If The Duke Demands – When The Scoundrel Sins – As The Devil Dares
Title: When The Scoundrel Sins
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #2
Author: Anna Harrington
Genre: Historical Regency Romance
Published: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing 0 Forever
My Rating: 4 stars
Annabelle is facing an uncertain future. She must marry by her twenty fifth birthday, which is rapidly approaching, or lose her inheritance the only home she’s known. She had wanted to find love, to be that one special person in a man’s life – instead she had a ruined reputation from a simple kiss. Life is far from fair and in desperation she knows exactly who is to blame for her circumstance… and he owes her. Proposing marriage, even a marriage of convenience is not an easy task, but she will not lose her home. When Quinn refuses her demands but counters with an option of his own Annabelle is left with little choice. Quinn will help her find a man to marry well in time, and she will get her happy ending while he sails off to America and his own future. Except it didn’t quite work out that way.
While I enjoyed When A Scoundrel Sins very much, I also have to admit that Annabelle and Quinn often frustrated me both individually and as a couple. Quinn has a serious case of “I don’t want her but you cannot have her” attitude for the majority of their story. He seems to have no real concept that his teasing her out into the night and a single kiss completely stole her future, her reputation from her. I got that as the youngest son he needed to prove himself to his family by becoming a success in America. But real men own up to their mistakes and make things right. His constant finding fault with every single man that Annabelle might have found a future with was both telling about his own feelings for her and exceedingly frustrating to me. Yes, they did work their way to their happy ever after… but the road there was long and complicated.
If you love Historical Romance then I believe this story or the entire series would be something you’d want to pick up. I’ll be following the rest of this series and will be watching for the next release in the spring of 2018.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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