Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva Leigh
(The Union of Rakes #3)
February 23, 2021 by Avon
Review by Kate
I will admit, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Waiting for a Scot Like You, the third book in the Union of Rake series. My Fake Rake was too bland for me, and Would I Lie to the Duke was too anxiety-inducing – but Leigh consistently made me fall in love with the characters so I kept at it. Plus, Waiting for a Scot Like You has my favorite trope – a road trip!
Luckily, I didn’t have anything to be worried about. Waiting for a Scot Like You was a total blast. It has everything – only one bed! grumpy/sunshine! road trip! hijinks! sexual tension! illegal dancing! robbery!
Lady Farris is introduced in Would I Lie to the Duke as an older widow who was one of the investors. She is 46 (yay for older romance heroines!) and her husband has died almost three years before the book starts. Beatrice is determined to get what she can out of life after feeling like she had to stifle herself for years while married. Part of her plan is to get as much sexual experience as she can at a house party/orgy she is on her way to.
A slight wrench is thrown into that plan when the Duke of Rotherby insists on sending along an escort, his friend Major Duncan McCameron, to ensure she arrives safely to the party. Beatrice and Duncan have already met, and clashed, in the previous book. Duncan is a gruff rule-follower, a former soldier who does not stray from the path expected of him, but feeling a bit lost now that the war is over and he isn’t sure what his purpose is.
To put it succinctly: I am here for this combo.
My knowledge of 80s films is rather lacking, so I’m sure I didn’t understand all the nods to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (in fact, I literally just made the Ferris/Farris connection as I am writing this) but this book is jam-packed with action and sexual tension. The latter starts when Duncan walks in on Beatrice pleasuring herself in the bath, in the room they have rented where there is ONLY ONE BED, and does not let up the entire book. The teasing between the two of them, the challenge she poses to Duncan’s steadfast exterior, and her desire to enjoy life made this book so much more fulfilling than I felt the first two in the trilogy were.
With the road trip being the centerpiece of the plot, the characters are the most important part – since the background scenery is always changing, their interactions are the thread that hold the story together. This works because the magnetic pull between Beatrice and Duncan is so obvious on the page, and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Additionally, their resistance to being together feels so true to who they each are that I was easily swept along for the (very bumpy) ride. Their evolutions over the course of the trip feel realistic, and I appreciate how in the end, Beatrice doesn’t have to compromise who she is to be with Duncan.
Is Waiting for a Scot Like You ridiculous? Yes. But it’s also sexy and fun, and I strongly recommend it, whether you’re new to the Union of Rakes or not.