About the book:
After watching her beloved sister, Sophia, pine over the ton’s golden boy for years, Miss Julia St. Claire has foresworn love and put herself firmly on the shelf. Unfortunately, her social-climbing mother and debt-ridden father have other ideas, and jump at the chance to marry Julia off to the newly named Earl of Clivesden . . . the man of Sophia’s dreams.
Since resigning his cavalry commission, Benedict Revelstoke has spent his time in London avoiding the marriage mart. But when he discovers that the Earl of Clivesden has his sights set on Julia, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover that more than friendship is driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when Julia refuses him, and her father announces her betrothal, Benedict fears he’s lost her forever—until Julia approaches him with a shocking scheme that will ruin her for all respectable society and lead them into an exquisite world of forbidden pleasures.
A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL is a delightful debut. The story focuses on the romance of two sisters Julia, the youngest, and Sophia. Julia and Sophia have spent season after season turning down offers, but for very different reasons. Sophia is in love with a man who doesn’t pay any attention to her and Julia has sworn never to fall in love. Each sister is sure in her reason for not marrying. I loved the fact that there are two romances happening in this story. Julia’s is the more prominent but Sophia’s is just as developed and satisfying. Julia and Benedict represent one of my favorite tropes – best friends to lovers – and it is done quite well. I love that Benedict isn’t afraid of his feelings for Julia, but she wants no part in any feelings for any man and he has to make her realize that being in love with him wouldn’t be the end of the world. The romance between Sophia and Highgate is subtle and reserved. It moves slowly and with far less drama than the relationship between Benedict and Julia. It matches the characters perfectly. I enjoyed every moment spend with the sisters and their heroes and I can’t wait to read more by Ashlyn Macnamara in the future.
the book girl gives A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL a 4/5
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