Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
There is just something about Meghan March that makes you yearn for her next book. Anybody who has read her knows that her romances read like the best of book crack. Her latest book, the second book in the Legend trilogy, House of Scarlett, is no different. It’s more of what makes her books undeniable: sultry, action-packed, palpable romance.
Starting up where The Fall of Legend, the first book of the trilogy, left off, we find Scarlett and Legend apart and struggling with it. However, Scarlett finds herself with a health scare, and this is enough for Legend to recognize the error of his ways. The House of Scarlett is the development of their journey towards each other. At the end of this book, though, as March does well, she leaves us with the possibility of it being broken. What makes House of Scarlett necessary?
- Scarlett. She’s everything you love in a heroine. She’s strong, and she knows who she is. At the very least, she is working towards realizing the best of herself. One of the things I love about Scarlett is her fallibility. She’s wealthy and beautiful and the epitome of womanhood, but she recognizes her privilege as an albatross around her neck. Instead, she wants messy. She aspires towards a life that is “lived in” instead of one that looks “picture perfect.” She’s real, and she’s a perfect match for Legend.
- Legend. He represents the messy that Scarlett needs in her life. He’s also more transparent with her emotionally in a way that he isn’t necessarily with his business partner, Marcus, or even his little “brother,” Bump. Yes, there are parts of his life that he hasn’t divulged to Scarlett, but, as the reader knows, this will be doled out eventually, and it will only add another level of intimacy between the two. Legend embodies strength, even when he’s worried over his potential future with Scarlett.
- Scarlett and Legend together. These two are “meant to be.” They are fiery, and their chemistry is palpable on the page. Together, they make sense even when they shouldn’t as they come from different backgrounds. But this is March’s genius right here. She loves creating “messy” heroes who become undone by the heroine, while their messy challenges the heroine. It’s a symbiotic relationship that excites March’s most rabid fans, and we find it here again in House of Scarlett.
- The story. I really do think March is the queen of the cliffhanger. She loves to leave her readers guessing when they finish the book that they easily one-click for the next book. At least, that’s the case with me. House of Scarlett does this well. March leaves us with a doozy of an ending in this story, and it’s the perfect set-up for the third and final book of the trilogy. Of The Fall of Legend and House of Scarlett, this book is tamer than the first book as it reads like a story that is building a foundation for Scarlett and Legend’s love which seems necessary for the potential trials in book 3. As such, the action of this story lies in the danger of Scarlett’s stalker and Legend’s business decisions, along with Scarlett’s medical scare. This story is a build; it’s meant to engage us further into Scarlett and Legend’s journey toward their happy ending.
House of Scarlett is effectively representative Meghan March romance. From its beginning until its end, you won’t want to put it down because it’s exciting, driven, $exy, and expressive. I loved every moment of it until the end when I expelled a deep breath because I had been holding my breath waiting for Scarlett and Legend’s lives to become messy. And Meghan March doesn’t disappoint.
I’m impressed with those of you who wait until the trilogy is final. I have no control when it comes to Meghan March’s books. House of Scarlett is another hit, as far as I’m concerned. If you are waiting, more power to you, but this book is everything you love about Meghan March.
P.S. As the best of romance universe builders, you find remnants of her other books in this trilogy. I LOVE this about MM.
In love and romance,