A Most Scandalous Proposal

A Most Scandalous Proposal[PDF / Epub] ☄ A Most Scandalous Proposal By Ashlyn Macnamara – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Ashlyn Macnamara's stunning romance debut perfect for fans of Julia uinn Eloisa James and Sabrina JeffriesAfter watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton's golden boy for years Julia St Cla Ashlyn Macnamara's stunning romance debut perfect for fans of Julia uinn Eloisa James and Sabrina JeffriesAfter watching her beloved sister Sophia pine over the ton's golden boy for years Julia St Claire has foresworn love Unfortunately her social climbing mother and debt ridden father jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the Earl of Clivesdenthe man of Sophia's A Most PDF or dreams Benedict Revelstoke has assiduously avoided the marriage mart But when he discovers that Clivesden has his sights set on Julia Benedict proposes in order to protect his childhood best friend only to discover that than friendship is driving his desire to defend herMeanwhile Sophia encounters a mysterious earl with a dark past who is intent to teaching her all kinds of forbidden pleasures to mend her broken heartTwo devoted sisters Two irresistible heroes Two enchanting love affairs. 2 starsfull review posted 21113 A Most Scandalous Proposal centers on two sisters Julia and Sophia St Clair Younger sister Julia doesn’t want the heartache of a love match which is exactly the type of wife the Earl of Clivesden desires Sophia has been pining five long years for womanizing Clivesden Her heart breaks to see him pursue Julia A compromising situation leads to Sophia’s engagement to the Earl of Highgate an older noble surrounded by rumors Julia’s childhood friend Benedict Revelstoke tries to win Julia’s heart and block Clivesden’s pursuit Scandal accidental and intentional rewards the sisters with surprising conseuences Ashlyn Macnamara’s debut novel seems a spin of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility including specific references by the characters In Ms Austen’s story the Dashwood sisters are balanced with sensible older sister Elinor against a headstrong and passionate Marianne It was easy to empathize with the Dashwood’s trials and heartache This was not the case with the St Clair sisters At times Julia’s and Sophia’s self absorbed manners and ambitions challenged this reader to sympathize with them especially in light of their father’s financial troubles The somewhat modern ideals of the heroines conflicted with their situations and historical setting It was difficult to temporarily suspend disbelief and enjoy the story Benedict and the Earl of Highgate are the highlight in A Most Scandalous Proposal It would be fair to compare Highgate with Ms Austen’s honorable Colonel Christopher Brandon the older gentleman who uietly falls in love with Marianne Dashwood Benedict is heroic as Julia’s friend and suitor Their history as childhood friends served as backstory rather than adding intensity to their romance Overall it seemed this full length novel splits the reader’s attention between the sisters’ romances serving two secondary storylines that don’t fully serve a rewarding historical romance ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewBuddy read with Michelle 375 starsThis is a very promising début from Ashlyn Macnamara The writing and pacing were both good and there were none of those credulity stretching moments that seem to have marred so many of the newer historical romances I’ve read recentlyI was pleased to discover that this book features not just one but two of my favourite tropes in romantic fiction – forced marriage and ‘friends become lovers’ I should say at this point though that the ‘blurb’ is rather misleading in that one could be forgiven for thinking the story is about Julia St Clare and her childhood friend Benedict Revelstoke In fact the book features two parallel stories – one featuring Julia and Benedict and the other her older sister Sophia and Rufus Earl of Highgate and I would venture to say that this fact marks the book out as something a little bit differentBoth stories are given eual prominence which on the plus side means that the pace never slackens The negative side however is that it doesn’t allow for a great deal of character and relationship development and I know that some reviewers have said that they found the four different points of view to be distractingFor me the latter wasn’t a problem but I did have some issues with the lack of depth in terms of the characterisation I would have liked for example for Benedict’s awareness of his true feelings for Julia to have happened slowly over time so that the reader could share in his gradual awakening I also thought that the reason for Julia’s reluctance to love was somewhat flimsy and in fact unnecessary given what she was seeing every day in her parents’ marriageI felt that Highgate was probably the most rounded character even though we probably see less of him than of the other three protagonists But there’s something about a wounded man with a bit of a murky past isn’t there? I also found his romance with Sophia to be the satisfying one in the end although that’s not to say I didn’t like Julia and Benedict’s story as wellOverall then this is an engaging read with likeable characters and a few not so likeable ones and a couple of well executed storylines The love scenes were romantic and sexy and the author did a good job in building the sexual tension between the ladies and their beausIf you’re looking for a new voice in historical romance I would definitely recommend giving this book a try and on the strength of this I will certainly be on the lookout for future titles from this author With thanks to Ballantine Books and Edelweiss for the review copy ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing via Edelweiss This review is for about 75% of the bookthe first 16 chapters and the last oneMain characters Julia and BenedictSophia and Highgate My love of coversWhat I Liked Well nothing really besides the cover I read on and on in hopes of finding something that I liked but I couldn’t The story is about 2 sisters who eventually find their happiness We have Sophia who suffers from bad love syndrome as she’s mooning after an idiot who doesn’t want her and could never be faithful to only one woman and Julia who after she sees what that “love” has done to her sister wants to remain unmarried As you can understand that doesn’t happen and both of them end with men that they hadn’t expected What I didn't like This will be very long D First of all there were too many clichés I never thought I’d say that but after reading one after the other it just drove me crazy We have the friends to lovers oneJulia and Benedict the unreuited loveSophia and Clivesden the beauty and the beast Sophia and Highgate and the usual gossipy old woman who appears evil and crazy but actually is perceptive and unhappy Besides this collectionwhich if I think hard enough I could add to we have lots of drama for example Sophia always almost swoons when she sees Clivesden there’s a lot of “I love you even if you don’t love me” stuff and I couldn’t take it any Favorite character I might like Julia a little but not much She’s smart but unfortunately doesn’t uses her mind oftenMy least favorite character All of them The male leads are underdeveloped the sisters are annoying and some of the time from the TSTL category the parents are plain stupid all the other secondary characters are boring and one dimensionalFavorite scene There is good one at the start of the book but I can’t put my finger on it The book wasn’t that bad but closeWould I recommend the book Not really I didn’t finish it I understand that this is a debut but trying to cram it full of what’s supposed to be romancelandia’s favorite clichés is a bad idea just makes the book appear even unremarkable There are no memorable characters and the whole plot is kind of weak All in all I can’t even see if the author has potential or not because I couldn’t concentrate on her voice all that recycled stuff taking my eyes off Final rating25 A Most Scandalous Proposal was my first time reading Ashlyn Macnamara While I didn't love this debut novel there were several elements that I appreciated and I will be trying of her work in the futureA Most Scandalous Proposal actually has two romantic pairings The first is Julia and Benedict who have grown up as friends until Benedict's feelings went deeper while Julia remained blind to the attraction The second is Sophia and the Earl of Highgate who are thrown together due to an unintended compromising situation even though Sophia is in love with another manThere are a lot of plot threads and the snobbishness and unforgiving nature of the ton is sketched out expertly There were many times I felt stifled just reading about the world the characters had to navigate which was a good thing it felt authentic and not just convenient window dressing I thought both Julia and Sophia were a bit tough to like Julia was always an ice ueen holding herself apart from the world while Sophia remained devoted to a creep of a guy despite having the interest of a great man There was a lot of short sightedness on the sisters' end and Benedict was a bit forgettable but the Earl of Highgate was my favorite He was mysterious noble and sexy as all get out He saved the book for me and kept me turning pagesJulia and Benedict were not as interesting to me Most of their relationship was an extended seduction scene and by the time they got together I was just skimming pages and muttering to get on with it so I could read about Sophia and Highgate some Overall a smooth read with nice historical detail and two romance plot lines which I like I plan to try by this author Spectacular debut novel from Ashlyn Macnamara I stayed up until 2 am reading this This was a lovely surprise as it was really two stories in one book Generally speaking we would have seen either Julia or Sophia's story and then would have had to wait for the next book to find out the other's story Nope Ms Macnamara has intertwined the sisters' stories first time I've seen one like this and it was a JOY to read Julia after watching Sophia pine for five long years over the newly named Earl of Clivesden If that's love then she wants no part of it She much prefers the friendship of her childhood friend Benedict Revelstoke He is rarely in town but stumbles across a wager in White's infamous book A wager that shocks him Someone is betting that they will marry Julia He simply can't let that happen Meanwhile Sophia is suffering through unreuited love Her heart soars when Clivesden glances at her and she sobs when he ignores her When he maneuvers her into a situation with the Earl of Highgate she has to accept his betrothal or forever be shunned in society Highgate was a high point in this book I loved him He has a hurt heart and can empathize with Sophia but he also is rather taken by her Yep LOVED him Julia and Sophia for separate reasons have spurned any and all proposals that have come their way over five seasons on the marriage mart Their parents are beyond restless and on the cusp of bankruptcy and start pushing things To the heartbreak of their daughters I like to see characters grow and learn These two sisters are a shining example of how it should be shown Well done Ms Macnamara So many things to enjoy in this book In fact so much so that I stayed up until 230 am reading Had to find out how both story lines would be resolved Thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the opportunity to read this book Another debut for this year and it turned out to be rather promising Miss Julia St Claire has no desire to fall in love and marry instead she leaves that to her sister Sophia who has pined over the Earl of Clivesden for years Yet when Clivesden suddenly shows an interest in Julia tension abounds and Julia keeps distancing herself from the drated man but he is always there She turns to her childhood friend Benedict Revelstoke for help getting out of her unwanted betrothal Julia would rather be ruined in the eyes of society than cause her sister pain Problem is Benedict will not ruin her without offering marriagea marriage Julia fears will be one sided in love and the thing she wants to avoid at all costsI was pleasantly surprised to see that this story actually is two romances in one; Julia and Benedict and Sophia and the man she inadvertently gets compromised with I was afraid that Sophia's storyline was going to detract from the other storyline but instead it really added to the story as I came to realize that Sophia also needed to find her own happily ever after and closure for Julia's story to really work though I would have really enjoyed Sophia in a full length as her story had a bit mystery to it Julia is known as a bit of a frigid lady due to her desire to guard her heart and not open it to any man not reveal her true feelings Her interactions with Benedict were fun and sweet though I do wish she would have given Benedict a chance a bit sooner Benedict had no idea of his feelings for Julia until they waltzed and suddenly his life was turned upside down and all he can do now is protect Julia but he naturally has a hard time expressing this He is charming clever and it was refreshing not to read about a rake or titled gentleman for a change of pace A very pleasant yet steamy friends to lovers story with a nice sense of family wit and charm Really looking forward to the next book featuring Benedict's best friend 3 12 stars eARC provided by Ballantine Books via netgalley Fun Fun Fun From start to finish Witty and engaging This really is Sense and Sensibility with sex I look forward to Ms Macnamara's next book Oh myseriously A Most Scandalous Proposal definitely is one of the most promising debuts I’ve read in a long time As a romance addict I have certainly read a lot of those The story is about two sisters who are united in their love for each other but couldn’t be different in the way they pursue their dreams On the one hand there is Julia St Claire who thinks that she can learn about the painful sides of love by watching others I think that’s a mistake easily done And then there is Sophia who is so steadfast in her love that she doesn’t doubt for one moment As they say love makes us blind so there you have it two wonderful female characters both strong in their own wayBut it doesn’t stop there Ashlyn Macnamara seems to create male characters that make you forget yourself There is no other way to put it Between Benedict and Rufus it’s very hard to decide who I’d rather get to know better and as a bonus there is Upperton who has such a wicked sense of humor which is delicious But I’m getting ahead of myselfThere are a few things that make A Most Scandalous Proposal a must keep for me FYI I’m not putting them in any particular orderMacnamara manages to tell two stories in one book in a way that doesn’t give you a feeling that you were missing out on either couple There is the storyline and there is enough time for every character and all the couples The author has the ability to write history without losing herself in explanations of any kind It’s fluently yet accurately written Being true to historical facts and the code of behavior is important to me and only heightens the pleasure of reading What can I say? I’m totally into history I adore the notion of childhood friends turning into lovers I thought Benedict’s emotions were tangible in a subtle way from the beginning Julia on the other hand might not know her heart from the start but at the same time she is true to her believes and she doesn’t repeat herself all over She simply acts accordingly to her thoughts There is room for imagination not every single detail is spilled out I have read Macnamara’s debut than once by now and I still find myself discovering new things that make my mind run wildAt one scene in the book Sophia talks about Sense and Sensibility and of course one sees parallels between those two books For me this felt like homage to a grand female author However and that’s probably the most important asset A Most Scandalous Proposal would have made generations of Jane Austen readers blush The sexy and spicy scenes were truly delicious I can’t wait to read about Upperton and with whom he’ll get a happy ever after All in all this is a wonderful story with great characters romances flourishing beautifully and there is always the promise of so much I picked up this book because I love historicals and the description mentions it is perfect for fans of Julia uinn and Eloisa James – two of my favorite historical authorsThere are two stories in this book – Julia and Benedict’s being the main one interspersed with the story of Sophia and Highgate Julia is disillusioned by love and has decided she does not need it in a marriage Sophia on the other hand is infatuated and waiting to marry the one she believes she lovesWhen circumstances turn around such that Julia is reuired to marry Sophia’s love she must do something What she does is ‘the most scandalous proposal’ and she seeks the help of her dependable childhood friend Benedict Sophia’s life also takes a different route as Highgate enters itHow the two couples discover love and happiness inevitable of course so not a spoiler is the rest of the book – and definitely a sweet journey When best friends discover that they love each other it is always sweet and when two broken hearts find true love well that is sweet tooMy favorite characters in this book were the men in this book – the heroes Benedict and Highgate Both of them were steadfast and oh so dependable and yes a definite sweetness too in both of them The other characters are also well developed and I liked or disliked them based on their personalities in the bookOne other thing I enjoyed in this book – references to Jane Austen and her books – Sense and Sensibility especially and a little of Pride and PrejudiceI will definitely read books by Ashlyn again – a great debut novel a wonderful romantic readThanks to Random House Publishing Group for this ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review 01032012 DNF for me at 30%This was a buddy read with Anna and I left her high and dry Why? This book so did not grab me The author used about 50000 words when a few would have sufficed to communicate a thought or a feeling At one point I found myself thinking about Charlie Brown's teacher whaw whaw whaw Not good So not going to waste any of my precious time and just call this stinker doneI seriously tried on multiple occasions to engage with this book Just did not happen Nothing worse than a historical romance that wants to be edifying Know?Full review may come soon ARC provided by the author and Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review