When the Scoundrel Sins by Anna Harrington
Series: Capturing the Carlisles #2
Also in this series: If the Duke Demands
Published by Forever
Publication Date: August 29th 2017
Genres: Historical Romance
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A MOST INDECENT PROPOSAL
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.
Six years ago Annabelle Green and Quinn Carlisle were caught in the garden at a party. The people who had been making fun of Annabelle because she wasn’t of the peerage had even more reason to mock her. She refused to let her childhood friend, Quinn, marry her and retreated to the country.
Now she’s almost 25 years old and the inheritance that her guardian left her is about to fall through her fingertips. There is a stipulation that she much be married in order to inherit. Annabelle’s had an offer from the neighbor but he’s older than her and despite that not anyone she’d want to marry. Her guardian’s wife tries to help her by asking Quinn and his brother to come vet suitor’s as they plan to let the information out about Annabelle’s dowry.
Quinn is shocked at how womanly Annabelle is now. She’s changed considerably and he can’t stop himself from wanting her. He is leaving for America to buy land there because he knows that as a third son his actions will always fall under her Duke brother. He doesn’t want people to think he got anything without hard work. He does end up offering from Annabelle but she refuses as she knows that’s not what he wants. Falling in love with each other isn’t in the plans but it happens – too bad Quinn’s leaving will make them both miserable.
This was a cute story. It was different as the woman has to marry in order to inherit but she’s the one who wants to work the land. Yes, technically the property will be her husbands but truly it would be hers to run and finding a husband to agree to that is damned near impossible. I loved that she wouldn’t settle for just anyone and tried to find a way out of the will’s stipulations.
Quinn was a decent person for the most part. It annoyed me that he wouldn’t take responsibility for what had happened in the garden six years earlier. It was just as much his fault as Annabelle’s and he should have insisted that they marry. Instead he’d been cutting a swathe through London’s woman. Yuck. I think he had a good heart in there but it took us too many pages to find it. Annabelle was stubborn as all get out and frankly annoyed me at times. I wasn’t pleased with all of her actions and got frustrated with her a time or two, I must admit.
Overall a cute book but one I found frustrating at times. Unfortunately I didn’t like it as well as book one in the series.
Rating: 3.5 out of