Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should--she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss...and is caught!This has to be one of the worst back blurbs I've ever read.
She doesn't want to marry the young hellion--but who's to help? Her chaperone keeps disappearing for mysterious appointments; her guardian is on his wedding trip; and his friend the Earl of Mayne is too busy staring into the eyes of his exquisite French fiancee.
Can a marriage forced by stuffy convention and unwilling desire become the match of the season?
- Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should--she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She wants to challenge fate, but the corset has to be dragged off of her kicking and screaming, she's convinced she looks better with it than she would without. Unfortunately it's the main reason she's being called the "Scottish Sausage."
- She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss...and is caught! Said arrogant rakehell isn't the person who coins the infamous "Scottish Sausage" nickname, but is the one who goes out of his way to perpetuate it throughout society. This scene takes place 2/3 of the way through the book, why the heck is it in the blurb and it gives way to much credence to the villian of the story.
- She doesn't want to marry the young hellion--but who's to help? Of course, she doesn't want him, he's a pig and she deals with him rather well.
- Her chaperone keeps disappearing for mysterious appointments; her guardian is on his wedding trip... Her chaperone is supposed to be dealing with the one who came up with the witty "Scottish Sausage" comment and ends up falling for the cad herself. And her guardian and her sister are on their wedding trip--probably the only statement in the blurb that works.
- ...the Earl of Mayne is too busy staring into the eyes of his exquisite French fiancee. I guess this could be technically true, but not really--by the time this happens, his eyes have been opened and he's been jilted.
Josie's season is ruined, no man is interested in her after the wonderful "Scottish Sausage" nickname starts being bandied about. She wishes there were something scandalous she could do to catch a husband as she doesn't want to deal with another season like the one she's currently living through.
Mayne has again fallen in love with a paragon of society, the lovely Sylvie. And she is lovely and witty and quite nice. As the story goes on you realize Mayne isn't really in love, he's in love with the idea of being in love, he wants to put behind him his rakehell reputation and picks someone who is perfect.
Now Sylvie is an interesting character, it's obvious she's not in love, like most woman she believes she needs a husband and Mayne will make a nice one. She much prefers society to the country and the company of other woman, talking about men, fashion etc. and has no real interest in what would make her future husband happy, and yet you can't help but like Sylvie.
Darlington has come up with the awful nickname, but early on in the book he admits to his pals he regrets it. He has all sorts of baggage that comes out as the story goes on. He realizes he needs to break away from the crowd he's running with and decides to move on. One of his buddies is Thurman, ah--the ultimate villian of the story and he really is slimy and pathetic. He's the one who perpetuates the nasty nickname making sure everyone knows he's witty by association.
Griselda's been chosen to put Darlington back in line and make sure he realizes the errors of his ways. But, of course she falls for him in the process and vice versa.
There is a subtle attraction that runs through the book between Josie and Mayne. But neither falls in love until well into the book, after they're already married. Josie's attracted to him, they share a kiss, he's attracted to her, but feels he's 1. too old and 2. he's already engaged. But by the time the stable scene happens, he's become disenchanted with his perfect fiancee and she's a bit cold, certainly not interested in kissing or bedding any man, even her own fiance. She dumps him right there in the stable.
Mayne thinks Josie's been ruined and comes to the rescue with his uncle the Bishop of Rochester in tow and marries her before anyone can catch their breath. Only she hasn't been ruined and she thinks she's trapped him into a loveless marriage. But the sex is good and they start to really enjoy themselves. They have much more in common than they probably realized and by the end of the book, wham they're in "true" love.
It all worked for me. I love Eloisa James' writing voice and style, it flows so nicely and is so readable. I might have liked a confrontation scene between Josie and Darlington, but I figured since they're in-laws there's plenty of time for him to do his mea culpas.