Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

Q: What series are you excited for the next book?
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Portrait of a Scotsman
Evie Dunmore
Pub Date: Sept 7, 2021
#arcreview
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Do you like mysterious men?
Do you like independent bluestockings?
Do you like steamy chemistry?

I am so happy for Hattie’s story! She has been such an amazing friend to Annabelle and Lucie.  

And Lucian the man that everyone is intrigued by but also appalled cause he isn’t old money and oh goodness born lower class. I mean the nerve of him.

As usual I loved everything about this book. He was so sweet after they were “forced” to wed. And after she tried to escape they went to one bed fun in Scotland. He waited for her to be ready which definitely wasn’t the norm but he had already waited for this arrangement. It was so steamy! Their exploration in the bedroom and figuring out their likes was yep! .. liked it! 

It was great and heartbreaking learning Lucian’s backstory and his start. The trip to Scotland and the coal mines. The reason why he does what he does. Hattie’s coming in with her privilege trying to help those women and not knowing how but her heart is in the right place. I love the suffragette theme throughout this series and the plight of unmarried, widowed, working women or mothers was a whole other class of people that hadn’t been explored by the movement yet 

I wasn’t expecting their situation at the end and that he would go along but swoon when he finally showed up.

They said this was Bridgerton meets Outlander.

Thank you berkleyromance and netgalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review. 

Synopsis:

Going toe-to-toe with a brooding Scotsman is rather bold for a respectable suffragist, but when he happens to be one’s unexpected husband, what else is an unwilling bride to do?

London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted “just” three things in life:

1. Acclaim as an artist.
2. A noble cause.
3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman.

Why then does this Oxford scholar find herself at the altar with the darkly attractive financier Lucian Blackstone, whose murky past and ruthless business practices strike fear in the hearts of Britain’s peerage? Trust Hattie to take an invigorating little adventure too far. Now she’s stuck with a churlish Scot who just might be the end of her ambitions….

When the daughter of his business rival all but falls into his lap, Lucian sees opportunity. As a self-made man, he has vast wealth but holds little power, and Hattie might be the key to finally setting long-harbored political plans in motion. Driven by an old revenge, he has no room for his new wife’s apprehensions or romantic notions, bewitching as he finds her.

But a sudden journey to Scotland paints everything in a different light. Hattie slowly sees the real Lucian and realizes she could win everything—as long as she is prepared to lose her heart.

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