One of my new projects is trying to get through the books I have. Including my historical romances, of which I have both way too many and not enough. Sarah MacLean is one of those authors that frequently makes the tops of people's FAVORITE AUTHORS EVER lists which obviously made me intrigued. And when one of m friends gave me a bag of her old romance novels, I obviously wasn't going to say no. Especially when it had more than a couple Sarah MacLean titles in it.
At first I was really into ELEVEN SCANDALS TO START TO WIN A DUKE'S HEART. Julianna is everything I love in a heroine-- she's strong, she's feisty, she's unapologetically in control of her sexuality, and she's a bit of a pariah. Simon is everything I love in a hero: he's icy and sexy while also a bit of a prude and is the perfect foil to the heroine.
The problems I had with this book are basically what bothered everyone else. I didn't like that Julianna is the other woman. And I didn't like that Julianna seemed to be continually fat-shaming the other woman, referring to her as "the grape." I found that really off-putting. Especially since the OW didn't really do anything but exist up until the point that I read. Julianna didn't annoy me the way she did some people but the pairing just didn't work for me. MacLean also does something kind of weird where she continually italicizes various sentences for emphasis.
I'll definitely be reading more from this author but this story didn't really work for me.
2 out of 5 stars