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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This is the first book I've read by Ashlyn Macnamara but it was

This is the first book I've read by Ashlyn Macnamara but it was a delight. A clever hommage to Sense and Sensibility, it tells the tale of two sisters, but is primarily about Miss Julia St. Claire, and her realization that she has found love in the most unlikely of men ...
This is the first book I've read by Ashlyn Macnamara but it was a delight. A clever hommage to Sense and Sensibility, it tells the tale of two sisters, but is primarily about Miss Julia St. Claire, and her realization that she has found love in the most unlikely of men - her childhood friend, Benedict. Fans of the original Jane Austen book will certainly see nods to that novel, but those unfamiliar with it will still find this an adorable, engaging story full of heart, humor and a little steamy romance, too! A very enjoyable book which has found a spot on my "keeper" shelf! Can't wait to read her next book, A Most Devilish Rogue!

posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2013

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Grade: D (Needs Improvement) ... These are not the Dashwood sis

Grade: D (Needs Improvement) ... These are not the Dashwood sisters.



Ashlyn Macnamara’s debut novel seems more a spin of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, including specific references by the characters. In Ms. Austen’s story, the Dashwood sisters are balanced wi...
Grade: D (Needs Improvement) ... These are not the Dashwood sisters.



Ashlyn Macnamara’s debut novel seems more a spin of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, including specific references by the characters. In Ms. Austen’s story, the Dashwood sisters are balanced with sensible older sister Elinor against a headstrong and passionate Marianne. It was easy to empathize with the Dashwood’s trials and heartache. This was not the case with the St. Clair sisters.

At times, Julia’s and Sophia’s self-absorbed manners and ambitions challenged this reader to sympathize with them, especially in light of their father’s financial troubles. The somewhat modern ideals of the heroines conflicted with their situations and historical setting. It was difficult to temporarily suspend disbelief and enjoy the story.

Benedict and the Earl of Highgate are the highlight in A Most Scandalous Proposal. It would be fair to compare Highgate with Ms. Austen’s honorable Colonel Christopher Brandon, the older gentleman who quietly falls in love with Marianne Dashwood. Benedict is heroic as Julia’s friend and suitor. Their history as childhood friends served as backstory rather than adding intensity to their romance. Overall, it seemed this full-length novel splits the reader’s attention between the sisters’ romances serving two secondary storylines that don’t fully serve a rewarding historical romance.



*ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

posted by AnnaNanner on February 26, 2013

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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    This was a cute story about two sisters, the St. Claire's. It i


    This was a cute story about two sisters, the St. Claire's. It is set in London in 1816. I honestly had a hard time the first few chapters trying to understand everything. The book just didn't seem to flow in the beginning for me.



    Sophia is in love with the Earl of Clivesden who Julia can't stand. While Sophia is hoping and praying that the Earl will one day notice her and ask for her hand in marriage, the Earl sets his sights on Julia.


    In comes Benedict Revelstoke, Julia's childhood friend. He arrives in London to purchase a horse.


    He finds out that the Earl is just using Julia as a wager and has decided that he will do anything to prove his love to Julia.


    After Julia's parents accept the offer from Clivesden for Julia, she plots a way to end the engagement. She knows that Benedict has always had her back. She does the one thing she can think of to get the Earl to call off the marriage. She asks Benedict to ruin her, the two take off together and make love. Julia realizes that she loves Benedict as well. Her father and the Earl find them together in bed. The Earl is very upset that he is close to loosing the wager and calls her a harlot causing her father to challenge him to a duel. Benedict doesn't want Julia hurt so he tricks her father to take his place in the duel. Thank goodness he won and the two love birds were together from then on out.




    The girls attend a ball and Sophia is following the Earl and ends up fainting at his feet. Sophia is helped by Rufus Fredrick Shelburne the Earl of Highgate. Clivesden and a maid that were attending to Sophia leave her alone with Rufus. This causes her to be on the verge of ruination by the Ton when they are discovered. Rufus asks for Sophia's hand realizing she is in love with Clivesden. Rufus tells Sophia that the engagement is just for show until she can get back in favor with the Ton. During this time Sophia finds out that Clivesden has asked for Julia's hand in marriage and is devastated. She believes that her sister has done this terrible thing on purpose. When Julia goes missing, Sophia finds herself relying on Rufus. He makes her feel things that she has never felt before. They both realize that they are in love with each other.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2014

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    I really enjoy finding a new author!! But I love to find a new a

    I really enjoy finding a new author!! But I love to find a new author that has an AWESOMELY ROCKING book. MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL is a great book. Ashlyn Macnamara¿ wrote about great characters whether they were first or secondary characters. I loved unwrapping each new character. Sophia, Julia, Benedict, Lord Upperman, Rufus, Lady Wexford, William and Mr. and Mrs. St. Claire. I loved the two sisters Sophia and Julia. Both so different but they each wanted to be loved. Julia and Benedict grew up together and then THUMP THUMP the heart want what it wants. Sophia thought she loved William, but William never loved her only himself. Rufus unfaithful decreased wife die and he was injuries chasing her and the TON said he killed his wife. This book has unexpected announcements, compromising situations, hot steamy scenes, broken hearts, healed hearts, spiteful sister, scheming mom, dueling and people falling in love. I give this book 4 fingers up and 8 toes!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. The multiple POVs were not a problem

    I really enjoyed this book. The multiple POVs were not a problem for me to follow and I really enjoyed the intertwined plots. What I like most is that not once did I find myself skimming or skipping through extra long passages. As an avid reader, the book was a quick read for me and held my attention. Looking forward to reading her next book for sure.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    An adventurous story

    This was a debut book for this author. I was very pleased with the book. The story was compelling and the characters had depth and breadth to them. This story pulled you along quickly.

    The book does take certain liberties with the "Regency" period but, I don'f find them distracting with the tale being told.

    I am looking forward to the author's next tale.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara is an exciting de

    A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL by Ashlyn Macnamara is an exciting debut Regency Historical Romance. An intriguing tale of childhood love,about two sisters,and their adventure to true love. Fast paced with witty banter,gossip,scandal,romance, passion and love. A wonderful debut for this author and one to watch out for in the future. Follow, Benedict Revelstoke,the Earl of Clivesden and Sophia on a captivating tale of love,romance and the ministrations of a not so devoted mother. A must read! I look forward to her next historical. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Above The Treeline.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: MILD

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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