Jul 13, 2014

The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch (Scandalous Highlanders #1)

The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: Highlanders in 1800's London...what could be better? It hit all the points I expected in a regency-Scottish hybrid, but was a little predictable.

Scandalous Highlanders
0.5 One Hot Scot: A Holiday Story
1.   The Devil Wears Kilts
2.   Rogue with a Brogue
3.   Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid (March 3, 2015)

Synopsis (Goodreads):

On a mission to rescue his runaway sister from the lure of flowery compliments and a useless lot of satin-clad scalawags disguised by their snooty titles, Ranulf MacLawry, Marquis of Glengask, has roared into British society like a storm across the Highlands. But he's about to find out that satin has its appeal, especially when it covers the curves of Miss Lady Charlotte Hanover—whose tongue is as sharp as her skin is soft…

Lady Charlotte Hanover has had her fill of hot-headed men, having lost her fiancĂ© in an utterly unnecessary duel. When did brawn ever triumph over brains? And yet there is something solid and appealing about the brash Highlander who's as dangerous in the ballroom as in battle. Sometimes bigger really is better…

My Thoughts:

Regency romance AND highlanders?! Is it my birthday? I don't know why I didn't hunt down this series before, given that regency and Scottish romances are two of my favorite genres. This book was about the laird of one of the last remaining highland clans that hasn't sold their land and moved to England. When Ranulf MacLawry reluctantly goes to London for his sister's season, he meets Charlotte and just can't seem to stay away from this English lady who is not afraid to stand up to him.

This plot went exactly the way I expected it would. Ranulf was a big, tough Scottish laird who cared little for propriety, and Charlotte was a prim and proper nobleman's daughter. They clashed, they experienced undeniable attraction, and they fell in love despite society's displeasure. Pretty much what I expected, but boy did I enjoy it! Ranulf was the perfect bad boy, as far as 1800's London was concerned. He loved to stir things up and make fun of the customs that we would find a little ridiculous today. The attraction between Ranulf and Charlotte was pretty delicious, and their little arguments were fun to follow. I always love a bit of protectiveness and jealousy in my romances, and Ranulf certainly had that down to an art. If you count pugilism as an art form. The passion between them was pretty hot; there was a bit of a primal feel to their attraction (especially when Ranulf brought out the kilts...cause nothing drives the proper ladies crazy like...male knees.)

This was a light romance. It hit all the points I expected in my first Scottish regency romance, but it didn't really engage me further than that. I was a bit disappointed in how the story ended. It seemed like there should have been at least one more chapter of happily-ever-after after the ending, but perhaps we will hear more of Ranulf and Charlotte in the next book. I look forward to seeing if Rogue with a Brogue brings something new to the story, or if we see the same plot just with a new MacLawry brother.

Rating: 8

Find it on: Amazon | Goodreads | Suzanne Enoch

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