Thursday, September 14, 2017

3.5 stars-- When the Scoundrel Sins (Capturing the Carlisles, #2) by Anna Harrington

Ever want to just yell -- motherfucker!!-- out a window? No? Just me? Hmmm Well, I certainly wanted to do just that for Annabelle and Quinn. Whew boy, yall! They had quite the situation.

The Gist: Annabelle is set to inherit an estate but there's a stipulation. She has to marry before her 25th birthday or the estate will pass on to someone else. See? Motherfucker! And Quinn just wants to escape to America but he's been summoned to help find Annabelle a proper suitor first. Yeah, the very Annabelle he accidentally ruined years earlier. And who tempts him something fierce. Again. Motherfucker!

"Quinton James Carlisle!" She scowled, no longer able to hid her aggravation. "Why do you always insist on goading me?"

With a deep chuckle, he gave her a crooked grin and leaned down, as if sharing a secret. "Because you always make it so much fun."
These two. Oh my word. They were a handful and a half. I enjoyed both of them. Quinn's a bit of a scoundrel, Annabelle a bit of a bluestocking. They're both stubborn and opinionated and trying to take control of their lives. And they drive each other rather crazy. I liked them. But I wanted to shake the everlivinghell out of them both, too. Fiery sexual tension just zinged between them and man I wanted them to figure things out!

There were lots of fun moments-- and some very frustrating ones-- as the two danced around each other, tried to resist temptation, tried to find her a suitable husband or a way out of the inheritance clause. It could have been SO easy to solve the issue but these two rocked some stubborn and were all no, no. Absolutely not. No. Oy! I swear. They took turns being obstinate. I did find the final solution a bit irksome, to be honest, which is why it got a 3.5 instead of a 4.

Now, even with the near undeniable urge to shake some sense into Annabelle and Quinn I still had a fantastic time with them. Harrington is always so entertaining and When the Scoundrel Sins was no exception. Two stubborn and fiery characters, an impossible situation, a bit of suspense, a little family meddling and a romance six years in the making. Oh yes. This was a fun one.
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.

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