Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Publisher:   Spencerhill Associates
Date published:   April 4, 2012
Genre:   Historical Romance
Book format:  Paperback
Obtained via: Author
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

Aside from her role in society, Lady Amelia Staunton has a secret life. In the ilk of the Bronte’s, she is a writer and where she finds her true expression. She’s actually quite content with her situation and really, marriage doesn’t fit into her plans. True to her friends, when it appears one of her friends is on the path to an unwanted marriage Amelia steps in to save her friend. Unfortunately for Amelia, her best laid plans, backfire and Amelia finds herself wed to the gentleman.

Malcolm MacCabe puts his clan and family first. As one of the few Scotsmen in the House of Lords he wants a wife who will fit in with his political plans and lifestyle.  Amelia isn’t quite sure how Malcolm’s life and plans will fit with her secret life.  Still, a marriage of convenience can’t be all that bad, right? But can will it be enough?

I had a little problem getting into Sara Ramsey’s SCOTSMEN PREFER BLONDES, book 2 of her Muses of Mayfair series. Life with book 1, HEIRESS WITHOUT A CAUSE I felt some of the language was forced and there was too much telling narrative rather than showing emotion.  At times the writing felt a bit formulaic but the concept of a Regency woman with a secret life was still very appealing. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Amelia’s life as a writer—having snippets of her writing interspersed in the story would have been fun—perhaps that instead of so much narrative would have made this a stronger read.

I liked the concept of Sara Ramsey’s Muses of Mayfair series when I first read her blurbs for HEIRESS WITHOUT A CAUSE and SCOTSMAN PREFER BLONDES – creative and talented women who must pose as men to carry on their artistic pursuits. It will be interesting to see what careers the Muses come up with next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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