Sunday, June 10, 2012

Scotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara Ramsey

Scotsmen Prefer Blondes, the second book in Sara Ramsey's Muses of Mayfair series, has everything a Regency historical romance should have. Sparks fly when the hero and heroine are in the same room; they both are intelligent with a sense of humor, and there is a great deal of sexual tension. In addition, there are fascinating details of Scottish history and politics in 1812. Let's face it, though. The appeal is definitely the conflict between two strong-willed people who fall for each other.

Lady Amelia Staunton had no intention of every getting married. Instead, she had a secret desire to write Gothic romances, and had published one under a pseudonym. Society would be scandalized if they knew a woman had written the book that became the talk of the ton. But, Amelia's three closest friends would keep her secret. One of those friends, Prudence Etchingham, only wanted to study her history and art, but circumstances demanded that she marry. Amelia's family accompanied Prudence and her mother to MacCabe Castle in the Scottish Highlands, where Prudence's mother hoped she would catch the attention of Malcolm MacCabe, the Earl of Carnach. MacCabe needed a proper wife as he prepared to take his place in Parliament in London, representing his clan and his beloved Highlands.

It wasn't difficult for Amelia to see there was no spark between Prudence and Malcolm. Instead, MacCabe flirted with her. Amelia was torn between assisting Prudence in her marriage of convenience, or rescuing her from an unwanted marriage. Her ploys ended up trapping her, though, and one kiss late at night forced Amelia into marriage with the Scottish laird. And, as hot as their need for each other, Amelia certainly wasn't the proper wife needed by a lord planning to work for his tenants in Parliament. Amelia worried she "Would say the wrong thing, or was too direct, too witty, too sarcastic, too independent, too everything to keep his affection." Oh, and there was that book she had written.

Scotsmen Prefer Blondes won the 2009 RWA, Romance Writers of America, Golden Heart Award for Best Regency Historical Manuscript. Now that it's been published, readers can discover Ramsey's gift for creating characters that are intriguing. The Scottish history is fascinating in the book. And, of course, there are those hot scenes between Malcolm and Amelia. Scotsmen Prefer Blondes was a treat to read. I hope the forthcoming book, The Marquess Who Loved Me, can measure up to this captivating romance.

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Scotsmen Prefer Blondes by Sara Ramsey. Spencerhill Associates. 2012. ISBN 9781938312014 (paperback), 274p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The publicist sent me a copy of this book, hoping I would review it.

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