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Posted April 26, 2012
First Posted on Romancing the Book Blog
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I just loved the second book in Ms. Ramsey’s Muses of Mayfair Series. In this lovely story, Scotsman Prefer Blondes, we find Amelia falling in love. This time the story takes us out of England and into Scotland where dreams can come true in those musty old castles.
Malcolm meets Prue and takes her to dinner only to find that he is drawn to her friend Amelia. Amelia seeing that Prue is really scared and needs help decides to meddle in her affairs only to find herself compromised by kissing Malcolm and being forced to marry him. Secretly Prue is thankful but is also, mad that Amelia once again meddled in her friends affairs only to cause problems. Prue thought this to be her only way to escape her mother.
As we move on in the story I couldn’t help but fall in love with Malcolm and Amelia. Where they find that sexually they are quite compatible there are always those secrets that seem to throw a wrench into every beginning of a good relationship.
Moving to London to take his place in Parliament in hopes of helping his clan Malcolm is faced with Amelia’s past. That of a writer, in disguise, yet not just any writer but one that dared to wrote a book that tells all about the antics of the ton. Amelia is able to somewhat repair the damage in the relationship with her friend Prue and move on with Malcolm. But telling you anymore would be giving away the best of this story.
Having read Ms. Ramsey’s first book Heiress without a Cause, I couldn’t wait for Scotsman Prefer Blondes to come out. I thoroughly enjoyed the first and was not disappointed by the second. Is it okay to say that I enjoyed this charming book more so than the first? I loved the characters and the way she weaves the magic of strong women and the friendships of those women into her books.
I think that every true romantic will enjoy Scotsman Prefer Blondes and know that no matter how old you are there is still someone out there for everyone. Sometimes you just have to wait longer than others.
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Posted May 9, 2012
This is the second books I've read by this author and I just can't get enough. I love the way her characters interact and the tension is delicious. I feel like I actually know them personally and I'm falling in love with them as they are falling in love with each other. And don't get me started on the steamy scenes.
As with the first book, I basically read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. If you love Romance, you will love this book. I did.
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Posted April 12, 2012
Ramsey's titles are cute and her ideas are good, but her writing could use a bit more polish. Honestly, for most of the book I was tempted to give it 2 stars--there is a lot more telling instead of showing, and the characters really felt wooden throughout a lot of it. I wasn't even sure they were as invested in their own story as I was, and I spent more time than usual while reading checking just how far I was in the book! The last third or so got better, though, and overall it left me with a more positive impression in the end than I would have thought possible given the first half. I'm willing to give the first book a try, because this one referred back to its events enough that I do want to see what exactly happened in Madeline and Ferguson's story, and of course we get just enough of a teaser here of Ellie's story in book three so that I'll probably pick that one up too, if given the chance.
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Posted August 11, 2013
I enjoyed book one more. I honestly didn't think I would like a book about Amelia. Thank goodness for Malcolm being so love able. I am glad I finished it because her character does improve. Must read them in order to fully enjoy all the cross over character's. Ljb
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Amelia accompanies her friend, Prudence, to meet the man Pru's mother thinks is Pru's best chance at marriage - and infusing her financially destitue family with a fortune. Unfortunately, no sparks fly between Pru and her intended, Malclom. However, Malcolm is absolutely smitten with Amelia and is caught kissing her in his library by Pru and Amelia's brother. Amelia's brother insists that they marry, but Amelia, who secretly writes romance novels and, most recently, a scandalous put-down satire of the ton, and, in particular, a smarmy lord who tried to force her into marriage, has no desire to give up her freedom. Yet, she is just as attracted to Malcolm as he is to her, setting up her dilemna. It's fun to watch Malcolm try to woo her and fun to watch her succumb while struggling not to. Of course, she falls out with Pru, causing her guilt and pain and she is outed as the authoress of the scandalous novel. The plot, while predictable, is entertaining and fun enough to keep you engaged to the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 16, 2013
I enjoyed the book, Amelia "grew" on me. I found the character of Malcolm more interesting. The dialogue is amusing. Overall a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Why do so many reviewers like this book? Amelia is selfish, self centered and self absorbed. It surprised me that she even had friends because she is so opinionated and controlling. I am up to page 114 of a 272 page book and she is still whining about how she doesn't want to marry Malcomb the handsome rich earl. He is the last of her many many many suitors. He was supposed to marry her best friend Pru who was poor and would wind up as either a governess or a maid if this match wasn't made. Pru never had an offer but she kept telling her she could do better. Seriously? Anyway while trying to help Pru she gets caught kissing Malcomb in the library and now has to marry him. Boo Hoo. Frankly she is so obnoxious and sharp tongued I can't imagine he doesn't want to jump on a fast boat to America. But no ---he is intent on pursuing her. Of course he doesn't realize she has a secret. She writes novels in her spare time. Imagine him thinking she would want marriage when she has a CAREER. If he only knew. I give up. I can't finish this drek. I suggest you save your money. Even a dollar was to much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 13, 2012
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite
“Scotsmen Prefer Blondes” is about ladies who want to follow their dreams and goals, but they have to do it secretly because of the period (1800s) they are living in. In this story we meet Amelia, who is a writer, and Prudence, who is a historian. It was when Prudence was pretty much forced to marry Malcolm, because he wanted an obedient wife, that Amelia tried to step in and help her friend. But when Malcolm and Amelia saw each other, the attraction began to build and sparks started to fly so much so that Amelia ended up having to marry the man herself. And as Malcolm soon found out, Amelia was anything but an obedient wife.
Sara Ramsey captures her reader’s attention again in this second book in the 'Muses of Mayfair' Series. With unique and believable characters so well-developed and playing their parts so well, I found it difficult to put the book down. The story moves forward and conflicts come to the surface, and then the secrets make their ugly appearance, making the situations more intense and tensions grow stronger. Amelia’s beauty and spunky attitude was the main thing that kept me reading because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next to her. And there are certainly many twists and turns in the story that will keep you turning the pages. Sara Ramsey is a new author who is establishing herself firmly on the list of historical fiction authors. I enjoyed this well-written story and would like to add that the vivid details of the historical setting in Scotland was an added delight as the pages unfolded. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will find “Scotsmen Prefer Blondes” a delightful read. Pick up a copy soon for your own enjoyment. You will find it a wonderful read.
Posted June 23, 2012
Miss Prudence Etchingham must marry soon or she and her mother, the tough Lady Harcastle, will be penniless and perhaps Prudence will need to seek work as a governess. But she's as nervous as a twit and not so comforted by her best friend, Lady Amelia Staunton, as they are introduced to fellow diners before a meal that will supposedly begin the match that will save Prudence's favorless future. Imagine everyone's discomfort when Prudence is unable to emit any response that evening than what is tantamount to a "squeak" at every comment and question. Amelia, on the other hand, gasps at her first sight of Laird Malcolm McCabe, a man who looks every inch a duplicate of his sexy, Scottish warrior ancestor. And Malcolm as well feels the lightning strike as well!
Amelia has a raging, inner battle. Faithful to her friend's needs, she attempts to rebuff Malcolm's advances and shift his attention to Prudence. But Malcolm was so turned off to that initial meeting that he has no intention of wedding Prudence, although he too has pressing needs which he needs to fulfill if his own future destiny in Parliament is to bear lucrative results! He experiences consternation when after writing to his friend, Ferguson, he receives a response about the possibility of a match with Amelia, "Do not marry the harpy!"
The attraction between Amelia and Malcolm escalates into a scene when both are confronted in a serious embrace by Amelia's brother and Prudence. You can't even imagine the results of this stunning scene, however Malcolm is a very stubborn and passionate man even though he doesn't realize how besotted he is over Amelia!
Malcolm is presented as an interesting character who deeply cares for his Scottish tenants and is upset enough to be determined to help them in their growing, dire financial straits. A devastating fire will show his true mettle with the second passion he most definitely possesses!
Amelia, by the way, has her own deep, dark secret that eventually might be exposed with life-threatening repercussions. It's worth the wait to see where her desire to be great in one area yields results that move her beyond her own self-regard and anonymity!
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an enjoyable read because of the ease that Sara Ramsey poses the simple yet complexly interlaced story conflicts. Romance scenes are titillating and steamy hot along with the occasional spats between the hero and heroine. Very nicely done, Ms. Ramsey!
Posted June 22, 2012
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is the second book in the Muses of Mayfair series. The series is about a group of women who live in the Regency Era. They all posses talents in the arts that would be considered scandalous and ruin their reputations if word ever got out about it. Lady Amelia Staunton is an author. She writes under a pseudonym but enjoys it tremendously. She has no desire to be married. In fact she's called The Unconquered by her peers. Lady Amelia travels to Scotland with her dear friend, Prudence. They are there to meet Malcolm, a possible match for Prudence. At first glance, Malcolm is instantly attracted to Lady Amelia. However, she doesn't want anything to do with him. She tries to scheme to get Malcolm and Prue together, but it backfires causing all sorts of backlash.
The Muses of Mayfair series is enjoyable. I love the characters. Lady Amelia is very beautiful and talented. She's got a lot of spunk but her schemes always seem to cause more problems than she can handle. Malcolm is every girls fantasy. He's torn by duty and love. He wants Amelia desperately but his duty to his country and his people drive him. Their relationship is a complicated one. Nevertheless, they have quite a bit of spark between them.
Scotsmen Prefer Blondes is an excellent read. It's has humor, scandal, and fire. The characters are endearing and you want them to succeed in life and love. This is becoming one of my favorite series. I can't wait for the next book!
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SCOTSMEN PREFER BLONDES by Sara Ramsey is a wonderful and exciting historical romance set in 1812 Scottish Highlands. It is book 2 in the "Muses of Mayfair",but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Heiress Without a Cause". What a delightful second book. Lady Amelia Staunton is determined to save her friend from a marriage of convenience,but finds herself caught in a compromising position and must marry the powerful autocrat,the Earl of Carnach,Malcolm MacCabe herself. The Earl of Carnach,finds he is attracted to Lady Amelia and not her friend Prudence,who he was supposed to become betrothed to. So when they are caught in a compromising position,he must do the honorable thing and marry Lady Amelia. While,obedience is not one of Amelia's virtues,she soon learns that passion can not be denied. Malcolm,doesn't want a mistress he wants an obedient wife. What he gets is a passionate,disobedient,seductive,witty wife who is given her heart away and may lose everything,when her secret is revealed. Amelia's secret could destroy them or bring them both happiness and peace they never dreamed they could find in each other's arms. The same friend Amelia tried to save, may have become her worst enemy and will destroy Amelia's and Malcolm's happiness by revealing Amelia's secret. A fast paced,story of love,romance,passion,desires,secrets and seduction that could bind them together forever.Another historical romance love story between a Scottish Highlander and his Lady with a twist. "Scotsmen Prefer Blondes" will not disappoint you in any way. A must read. I enjoy this author's stories so far and would highly recommend it especially if you enjoy historical romance with a bit of a twist. Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Spencerhill Associates,Inc,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING:Mild: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
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