Portrait of a Scotsman

Berkley. (A League of Extraordinary Women, Bk. 3). Sept. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781984805720. pap. $16. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
When sheltered and idealistic banking heiress Hattie Greenfield is caught in a compromising position with Lord Lucian Blackstone, a ruthless and wealthy financier, they’re compelled into a hasty marriage. Quickly suspecting that Lucian tricked her into marriage to improve his social standing among the London elite, Hattie is determined to flee. Everything shifts when they find themselves on an impromptu trip to Scotland, and their palpable chemistry draws them close despite the marriage’s grim start. As Lucian opens up about his shadowy past and slowly reveals his heart, Hattie also grows, transforming into a bold and independent woman. This enchanting third installment in the “League of Extraordinary Women” series adds a strong labor rights plot on top of the suffrage movement explored in the previous books.
VERDICT Dunmore (Bringing Down the Duke; A Rogue of One’s Own) delivers a novel that is delectably sexy and profoundly romantic at its core. It’s sure to delight fans of the series as well as new readers, thanks to Dunmore’s trademark mix of historical fiction, British feminist history, and steamy Victorian romance.
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