[Historical Romance Review] A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn MacNamara

Posted on 01/17/2013 in Book Review / 8 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
[Historical Romance Review] A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn MacNamaraA Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn MacNamara
Published by Ballantine Books on 2/26/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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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 set Julia in his sights, Benedict tries to protect his childhood best friend from the man’s advances—only to discover more than friendship driving his desire to defend her. He surprises them both with the force of his feelings, but when she refuses him and her father announces her betrothal, he 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.


I have to say for a debut novel this one was quite good. So many times an author’s first book is good but things like bad editing and mediocre writing can turn you off from picking up their next books. This one wasn’t lacking in any aspect. It was a great story, that was well written and highly entertaining.

I will give you one warning, this is one of those NSFW books. I swear I was blushing during parts of it and was worried my boss was going to ask me if I felt okay. Her love scenes are so well written, my brain had a jolly good time running amok with them. Now no worries this doesn’t get any where near erotica if you’re worried just very sexy, sexy, scenes.

So the story… that is what you are here about right? I will say this book moved.  Sometimes with romances you seem to get parts that are thrown in for length rather than content.  This one was great the whole way through.  It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down.  I started it this morning while I was running samples at work.  (This is super boring where I have to sit by a machine and watch for a sample to come out and collect it. Hence a lot of reading time) By this afternoon, I was done and ready to write the review.  Like I said it was fast paced.

The tale is about two sisters, the St. Clairs, and their would be love lives. The older one, Sophia, has turned down multiple proposals due to being in love with a complete ass.  She is being thrown into a marriage with a gent named Highgate, due to a weird society circumstance. Not sure that they want this to happen they start their time together with a pack for her to end it before the actual marriage.  As great as this story line was, it really was the side one.

The main one is about the younger sister, Julia.  She like her sister has turned down a few proposals mostly because she doesn’t believe in love and didn’t want to be married to some besotted man knowing she would most likely never return the feelings.  In comes her childhood friend, Benedict.  From here you get her story of a forced marriage, so wanton lust and finally celebration.

This book really hit all the points for me, good writing  great story lines, fast paced.   If your looking for a new author, this is one that you don’t want to miss.  I will definitely be picking up her new book that comes out towards the end of the year!


Disclaimers: This book was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.  *If you decide to purchase this book through any of these links, we do receive a small monetary kick-back that helps fund this blog.


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Amanda @ BookShelfery

Associate Reviewer/Minion
I'm a mother, a wife and a scientist. I read just about anything you put in front of me. I would say that my favourites are horror and romance. No wait, it's YA and dystopian novels. Umm, actually this week its mystery and paranormals. You know what, I really don't have a favourite genre, for me it varies by month, by week, or by day. Deep down I'm a nerdhuffer to my core. \r\n\r\nWhat? Nerdhuffer? What is that, you ask...\r\n\r\nDo you love the written word? Do you love those hard copies that sit in libraries full of the smell of glue, paper, and ink? Do you love those new copies that you stalk the book store for at midnight on its release to go home and read till 6AM even though you have to get up to go to work 7? Do you cherish an e-reader so that you can access a whole world of books whether you are at home, at the store, in the airport, or even... the bathroom? (What, you read in there too. Don't deny it, we're all friends here.) Did you just shake your head yes to any of those questions? Well then, my friends you are a nerdhuffer. Be proud, go forth in your addiction. I'll meet you at the bookstore to teach you the secret handshake. I'll be the one on the floor getting high off the pile of books at my feet.


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8 responses to “[Historical Romance Review] A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn MacNamara

  1. Steph, The Readingista

    This looks really good.  Thanks for the review.  I am lousy at picking out romance, although I do like historical.  I am adding this one to my TBR.

  2. Yay! I’m excited for this book now! I’ve been trying to wait for closer to the release date to read/review it, but maybe I’ll just read it now haha. Great review (:

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