IT’S GETTING SCOT IN HERE
The first in a wickedly seductive new Scottish historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, IT’S GETTING SCOT IN HERE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, February 26, 2019, $7.99) crosses two sweethearts from separate worlds. Readers find out what happens when a headstrong leading lady, who refuses to marry someone she doesn’t love, meets an off-limits ruffian from the barbaric Highlands. London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal—and won’t try to tame her wild heart…
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family. Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out…
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SUZANNE ENCOCH grew up in Southern California, where she still balances her love for the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer and classic romantic comedies with her obsession for anything Star Wars. Given her love of food and comfy chairs, she may in fact be a Hobbit. She has written more than 35 romance novels, including traditional Regencies, Historical Romance, and contemporary Romantic Suspense. When she isn’t working on her next book she is trying to learn to cook, and wishes she had an English accent. She is the bestselling author of Scandalous Brides series, The Scandalous Highlanders series, and One Hot Scot.
Series: Wild, Wicked Highlanders, #1
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Tracy’s rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Angus MacTaggert, the Earl of Aldriss needed a rich wife, so he left his beloved Scotland and ventured to London, where he met Francesca Oswell, the only child of the very rich Viscount Hornford. They fell madly in love and married within days – soon after Angus took his bride back to the highlands and some hard truths were learned, like Francesca didn’t really like the isolation of the highlands and Angus learned that Francesca’s father made sure his money stayed in Francesca’s control. Over the next thirteen years, they have three sons, Francesca wanted to take the boys to London, but Angus refused. When a daughter finally came along, she insisted that her daughter be raised as a lady and that meant London. In an effort to keep some control over her sons, she made Angus agree to a bargain – all her sons had to marry before their sister to proper Englishwomen and at least one of them would marry a woman chosen by Francesca. If they fail to meet the terms of the agreement, she will no longer support Aldriss. Angus agrees, sure that he will find a way to get around the agreement. But 17 years later, he gets the letter that their daughter Eloise is engaged and if he wants to continue receiving funds to run the estate, it is time to send the boys to London!
Coll, Viscount Glendarril and his younger brothers Aden and Niall head to London and make quite an entrance – complete with pipers and a stuffed Red Stag, affectionately known as Rory. Tensions run high when they meet their estranged mother and only get worse when the Countess informs them that she has already chosen a bride for Coll and he will meet her at the theater. Coll is not happy and insists that his brothers attend, Francesca lets him bring one – Niall, the youngest and the “diplomat” of the family.
Amelia-Rose Baxter is a dutiful daughter and will do what is expected, especially if that means being able to get out from underneath her title-hungry, domineering mother’s thumb. Amelia-Rose is not meek mouse the MacTaggert boys plan to marry – but she tries very hard to make people believe she is. When she meets Coll and lets her perfect lady mask slip – he leaves the theater and the evitable fallout, for Niall to deal with.
Niall likes Amelia-Rose from the get go, but she is meant for his brother and if they don’t marry, Aldriss will suffer. He smooths her ruffled feathers and makes excuses for Coll. She may not be the meek and mild woman Coll wants, but damn, he likes her and her sass! And so it begins…
When Coll doesn’t return to the house, Niall forms a plan to spend time with Amelia-Rose until Aden can find their wayward brother. He will make excuses for him and exalt Coll’s virtues to her and make sure she doesn’t refuse to wed him. But the more time he spends with her, the more he likes her and wants her for himself.
Amelia-Rose doesn’t want to marry Coll, she doesn’t want to leave London and wonders if he will be willing to stay in town. She likes Niall, much more than his churlish brother, but he is the younger son with no title and no fortune and her mother will never agree to a match. But when Niall saves her from social ruin and steals a kiss, Amelia-Rose wonders if she could defy her parents and if she could be happy in Scotland.
It is clear that these two are meant to be, but the road to a HEA will be rough and there will be many obstacles along the way. But with the help of his brothers and even his mother – they might just be able to find a way.
I really loved this story, Niall is a wonderful hero and very easy to like, as is Amelia-Rose. I enjoyed their journey to HEA, it was filled with laughter, tough decisions, some slightly nefarious deeds, steamy love scenes and men in kilts 🙂 I am happy to recommend this book and am looking forward to Aden & Coll’s stories and am even hoping for a reunion between Angus and Francesca!
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*