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Scot Under the Covers
by Suzanne Enoch
Series: Wild Wicked Highlanders
Category: Historical Romance
An intriguing historical romance where an English Sassanach is forced to recruit the help of a Scotsman ignorant of the ton to escape the clutches of a conniving villain. Just the right amount of heat and suspense in Enoch’s latest romance.
Scot Under the Covers was my first Suzanne Enoch novel and it won’t be my last. I love historical novels because they whisk you away to another time, when ladies were proper and men proud but perhaps quite different behind closed doors.
Two People Facing Predicaments
Any book that features a hot Scotsman gets my attention, especially one who is cunning, observant and completely self-assured in a place where he’s quite the outsider.
Aden MacTaggert has descended on the London ton thanks to the agreement his mother made with his father when he and his two brothers were just wee kids.
The agreement is for the 3 men to wed English ladies before their youngest and only sister is to wed. With their dear sister Eloise engaged, Aden is forced to find a wife and is not too keen on the idea nor the fact that his mother is behind the scheme.
Miranda Harris finds herself thrust into her own problems when she learns of her brother’s gambling debt, with the repayment being her own hand in marriage to a slimy, retired Captain, Robert Vale.
Not willing to sacrifice herself to this wretched man nor thrust her family into ruin, she reluctantly turns to Aden for help.
A Deal is Struck
I love books that set two people together when both or in this case one of the parties is quite reluctant to have to rely on the other. Miranda’s formed preconceived opinions of Aden from stories she’s heard but still approaches him despite not liking him.
Despite her sharp tongue and insults Aden surprisingly agrees to help her find a way out of marrying Vale.
The sparing between the two while they concoct a plan is well done, however I felt that there was quite a lot of repetition in the expression of their hesitant, growing feelings toward the other in their inner monologues when it turned to their own point of view.
Instead of reminding the reader again and again what Aden and Miranda where struggling with, I would have liked some of the earlier pages to have delved more into their own character development and pasts, especially Aden’s.
Despite this however I felt like the book had great pacing and development of their relationship given the short time frame of the story. I was intrigued by the suspense aspect of the story and wondered how Miranda would ultimately get out of her predicament.
Enoch did a fantastic job of writing the evil Robert Vale. It was easy to dislike him and want to see his demise. I absolutely loved Aden’s older brother Coll and will definitely be reading his story which I hope is next in the series.
If you love couples with sharp tongues who like to banter and your romantic story mixed with a bit of suspense, this is a great, quick read you’re sure to enjoy.
Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for this advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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