Great Scott! This tale of an ambitious odd duck couple has it all: romance, big fortunes, and Victorian hijinks.
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Third in series
Why I love it
Harper St. George
Author, The Heiress Gets a Duke
From glittering ballrooms to the grit of the rookery, history provides the perfect backdrop for compelling stories that highlight the injustices and triumphs of the human spirit. Combined with romance, it demonstrates that love truly can overcome all obstacles. Evie Dunmore is that rare author who can blend the best of these elements together perfectly. Her talent is on display once again in Portrait of a Scotsman, the latest installment in her fabulous series, A League of Extraordinary Women.
Hattie Greenfield, banking heiress and suffragist, wants to marry a respectable and proper gentleman who will support her dream of becoming an artist. She doesn’t count on her improper fascination with the wholly unsuitable Lucian Blackstone, self-made man and her father’s business rival, thwarting her plans. When that fascination sends her unexpectedly to the altar with the brooding Scot, she believes that her carefully planned life is over. But as she slowly peels back Lucian’s gruff exterior, she finds there is more to him than meets the eye, and she just might lose her heart if she isn’t careful.
I’ve loved every book in this series, and this one is no exception. Evie’s meticulous research into the era shines with every word, and her lush worldbuilding is spellbinding. But it’s her characterization that always keeps me turning the pages. Hattie evolves from an inexperienced woman who doesn’t fully realize her privilege to someone determined to make the world a better place. Lucian is ruthless and adept at getting what he wants, but it’s his affection for Hattie that draws out his sensitive nature. It’s simply beautiful to watch their romance play out on the page.
London banking heiress Hattie Greenfield wanted "just" three things in life:
1. Acclaim as an artist. 2. A noble cause. 3. Marriage to a young lord who puts the gentle in gentleman.
Why then does this Oxford scholar find herself at the altar with the darkly attractive financier Lucian Blackstone, whose murky past and ruthless business practices strike fear in the hearts of Britain's peerage? Trust Hattie to take an invigorating little adventure too far. Now she's stuck with a churlish Scot who just might be the end of her ambitions....
When the daughter of his business rival all but falls into his lap, Lucian sees opportunity. As a self-made man, he has vast wealth but holds little power, and Hattie might be the key to finally setting long-harbored political plans in motion. Driven by an old revenge, he has no room for his new wife's apprehensions or romantic notions, bewitching as he finds her.
But a sudden journey to Scotland paints everything in a different light. Hattie slowly sees the real Lucian and realizes she could win everything—as long as she is prepared to lose her heart.
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If you love Outlander, Pride & Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights, you will DEVOUR this book. I swear Evie’s stories just keep getting better. Can’t rave about this one enough in 200 characters! 7/5 ⭐️
This romance is a perfect balance of steamy & swoon-y. I wish it’d been longer at the end though; suffered from last-minute drama that didn’t feel really resolved. I’d love a sequel for Hattie & Luc.
West Des Moines, IA
Evie’s ability to write love stories w/ empowered women is incredible. Even though these are written from the perspective of the 1800s, she’s able to make the story relatable w/o compromising the time
Beauty and the Beast meets Outlander…the League of Extraordinary Women continues to delight and lead to yet another weekend binge to devour Hattie’s story. How does Evie D get better with each book?!
Santa Monica, CA
Another amazing addition to the series by Evie Dunmore with possibly my favorite leading man to date - brooding, dark, and tragic. With strong themes similar to that of Outlander, I can’t get enough.
A steamy romance that I couldn’t get enough of. I could relate to her rollercoaster of emotions through the whole process and while some of her decisions broke my heart it all worked out as it should.
Albion , NY
A great third book in the series, and possibly my favorite. I finished this in four days, and I’m pretty sure it was responsible for me being late to work three of those days. Counting down to book 4!
This one surprised me. It was nearly as fabulous as the author’s debut. The hero carried this book, but with some help from convincing secondary characters. Dunmore’s books have become a sure thing.
I legitimately contemplated restarting the book right after finishing it! I did not want it to end!! Instead I’m writing this review. I loved watching the main characters grow right in front of me! XO
Clarksville , TN
Her best novel yet! Love her writing style and her character development is fantastic. I had moments I was frustrated with the characters but they came around ❤️ overall a great addition to your TBR
Midwest city, OK
This book was just as good as the rest of the series. Lord Ballentine still has my heart, but Lucian can have the rest of me ????. This is the one with the most character growth in my opinion. I loved
Evil Dunmore does it again! I adore this series. Such fun romances, and I love the history lessons at the end of each book. This one might be my fave of hers, Lucian’s delicious and Hattie’s brave!
Thoroughly predictable… in the way that your absolute favorite comfort food is predictable, and delightful. I got exactly what I came for in the best way possible. Great bad boy / suffragist romance.
I love Evie Dunmore! The third of her series is just as riveting as the first two. This time shifting focus on labor issues with the right amount of steamy romance. I hope for more extraordinary women
SAN JOSE, CA
Once again! This author stole my heart. I was thinking after finish the second book how would Harriet’s story evolve and I couldn’t find anyone better for her than Lucian. Loved each page of it!
Favorite of the series so far!! I loved the twist on beauty and the beast, and watching Hattie becoming more independent and more aware of the world. I can't wait for the final book! Hope it's a pick
Farmington Hills, MI
Hattie & Lucian we're definitely an opposite match in the beginning (looks, upbringing, & temperament.) Mistakes can be mended. They end up complementing each other. Good Victorian facts. Good story!
This 3rd installment did NOT disappoint. Hattie & Blackstone had a classic rough start that evolved into a page turning romance as they grew as individuals both together & apart. Had Outlander vibes
Albany , OR
Bravo! Dunmore has done it again. She seamlessly provides a haughty and wistful escape into the trope of women's suffrage movements, sweetened with salacious noble men whom cannot be obtain, yet do.
This is the best in the League series yet! In addition to steamy romance, we get in-depth discussions of politics, art, and literature; legit political activism; character growth; and swoony Lucian.