It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch
Wild Wicked Highlanders #1
February 26, 2019 by St. Martin’s
I haven’t read this author in awhile, but this is the first book in a new series and I couldn’t resist.
The MacTaggert brothers come to London to try and force their mother into changing her mind about forcing them to get married in order to keep her sending money back to Scotland and if that fails… honor the agreement made between their parents and find English brides. Of the three brothers Coll drew the short straw so to speak and is the one who will marry the woman his mother picks for him rather than one he picks for himself like Niall and Aden. That is unless he can behave so badly he can get her to cry off.
Amelia Rose- Baxter has zero desire to wed a highlander, but she really has no choice in the matter as her mother has already made an arrangement and what her mother says goes. When she meets Coll she really doesn’t like him, but when his younger brother Niall steps in to escort her around town in his brother’s stead, she thinks she just might fall in love after all.
Yay! No dukes in sight! (though there is an Earl, he remains off page and doesn’t make an appearance) This was a charming story of a younger son falling in love with the woman promised to his older brother and a young woman who fights for love, despite her parents excessive desire to see her catch a title. Niall and Amy were fantastic together. With his charm and wit and her intelligence and humor it was easy to like them apart and together. The added angst at the end of her parents trying to keep them apart kept me turning pages and rooting for them to find a way to be together.
I thought Enoch did a really good job of fleshing out each character just enough to get me hooked and excited for what comes next. And I am hooked, I can’t wait to see another MacTaggert find his HEA.
Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long
The Palace of the Rogues #1
February 26, 2019 by Avon
When Delilah Swanpool, Countess of Derring, finds herself destitute after the death of her husband, she does what any desperate yet resourceful woman does. She takes the only thing left to her, a few jewels and an empty building, and goes into business with her husband’s former mistress as the proprietors of London’s newest boardinghouse.
This was such a delightfully different historical romance. The hero is Captain of the King’s Blockade and is out to shut down a smuggling ring. His investigation leads him to The Grand Palace on the Thames , which has been newly opened by his prime suspect’s widow. The heroine, and her wonderful companion Mrs. Breedlove, are done with not having any choice in their lives and have partnered with each other in order to create a safe place for themselves and their quirky guests.
These characters are mature and have had experiences. I loved watching them fall in love with each other. The witty banter, the sexy touches and getting to know each other, Tristan bewitched by Delilah from the moment they meet, yet trying to stay objective, and Delilah letting herself experience pleasure for the first time. Divine.
Beautifully written, with wit and humor and a lovely HEA, this is a must read historical romance.
The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath
Sins for All Seasons #3
February 26, 2019 by Avon
I adore Lorraine Heath and I adore second chance romances, which pretty much means I put this book on my TBR as soon as found out who would be the main protagonists.
Finn is one of the Trewlove siblings, born a bastard yet raised in a loving home by a woman paid off by his rich father. He meets his true love when he goes to her house to pick up a horse that he must put down. He sneaks back into her house later that night to let her know her beloved horse is still alive and a friendship is born.
They continue to sneak out to see each other every Tuesday for years, until their friendship becomes something more and even though they know it won’t be easy and her family won’t accept him , they make plans to run away with each other. Then something happens and tears them apart.
This book picks up 8 years later when Finn discovers Vivi on the dangerous streets of London meeting with baby farmers, trying to save children abandoned by their well to do birth parents. Naturally, they hate each other, because each thought the other was to blame for their separation, but thankfully the author doesn’t make her readers suffer for too long. They figure out the truth pretty quickly, but then must decide how they are going to move forward.
This author knows how to bring the angst and tug on the heartstrings. This couple goes through hell to be together, and has to overcome heartache and make some tough decisions in order to find their HEA. Which makes it all the more beautiful when they finally find their happiness.
I really enjoyed this addition to the series and am very much looking forward to Aiden’s story, which will be out later this year.
Some appealing choices here, Angela. The Julie Anne Long book sounds particularly good.