Saving a Scoundrel
by Karla Kratovil
Release Date: July 19, 2022
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Book #2 in The Maidens of Marbury series
Number of pages: 265
Source: ARC from publisher
Ages 15 and up
The death of a friend leads the cautious Eleanor Spencer to reevaluate her life. In a rare impulse, she kisses the man of her dreams—her best friend’s older brother. The moment of madness gives her courage to take more chances. This spring, she will finally travel to London for the social season. All she needs is to compile a list of adventures to complete. At the top of her list? Kiss Lucius Grisham again…
Barely surviving since his father severed his funds, Lucius Grisham works two respectable jobs, and one decidedly disreputable job, just to keep up critical appearances. When Ellie becomes the target of a sordid bet made by his rakehell friends, Lucius must step in to protect his sister’s friend. As he finds himself pulled into helping Ellie with her list of adventures, he is surprised to find his jaded heart tempted by the innocent beauty. But Ellie Spencer is far too good for a scoundrel like him.
Ellie will endanger both her heart and her virtue to make Lucius hers. Can Lucius become the man Ellie believes him to be?
Eleanor and Lucius are perfection. I knew they would be from their limited interactions in the first book, A Perfect Engagement. Although, I must admit, this story had a trajectory I didn’t anticipate at all. The situations Lucius has found himself in since being cut off from his family’s money were not what would be expected from someone of his lineage.
There are several secrets Lucius is keeping from Ellie, and I’m not a big fan of that in my romance books. Some of the things are understandable, he’s embarrassed for her to know how far he’s fallen. But when it comes to things that have to do with her, it annoyed me. Being as I didn’t feel that part of the story even played into much of their interactions, it seemed unnecessary to me.
Luckily, the author pulled me in with the relationships throughout this story. I loved when Ellie and Lucius were alone together and gave into their desires, plus actually talked real with one another. But I also thoroughly enjoyed seeing how open-minded and “modern” Lady Dearborn was. Especially with the all that happened throughout this book. There were sparks among other side characters that have me speculating who all will be paired up as this series progresses, and that was a lot of fun.
It was refreshing to see someone who came from a lot really dig in and work hard to make something of himself without having that safety net anymore. Lucius could have asked his friends for help any number of times (and really should have some of the time) but wanted to make it on his own to prove his parents wrong. Ellie blossomed when given some freedom and learned that she didn’t have to rein in her quick mind and sharp tongue when she was among those who understood and respected her opinions. They each grew on their own and also learned to grow together. I enjoyed their banter and how comfortable they were teasing, supporting, and debating one another. It was wonderful.
**I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and given freely**