Review copy courtesy of publisher via NetGalley.
Every time I see Suzanne Enoch’s name I run to get her books. How can I not? She’s one of my favorite authors when it comes to my beloved regency historical romances. So when I came across this book on NetGalley I rushed to request it.
I do have to admit it took me a while to get into the book, which is unusual for me with Suzanne Enoch‘s books. Her stories are always pretty fast-paced, with lots of fun. And the only reason I can think of why it took me longer than usual (it took me almost two weeks to finish it) to read this book was because of the Scottish brogue. I don’t speed read but I am a decent reader (at least I’d like to think so anyway). It normally takes me two days (I read at night only since I work full time) to read a book from beginning to end. I still can’t believe how long this one took me! But enough of that because to be honest it didn’t ruin the story for me.
Rogue with a Brogue (Scandalous Highlanders, #2)As is usual with Suzanne Enoch’s books, I laughed a lot as I read this book. Arran (the hero) is pretty funny. I couldn’t figure him out at first. It was kind of he didn’t like the British so he said things that would hurt his brother, but the more time he spent with the Sassanach (as he called them) the more he began to understand why his brother was trying to change and understand the English ways. He meets Mary at a masquerade, who happens to be no other than the daughter of one of the opposite clans, who just so happen to be enemies of Arran’s clan. They have a truce, but it means nothing if one of the clans’ members so much as spits at someone’s shoes. The thing is Arran learns a little too late that Mary is part of his enemy clan. He’s enchanted by her and when he learns of her deception, he uses it as an excuse to see her again. But one impromptu visit leads to a stolen kiss, and the kiss leads to a lunch, and more stolen kisses, and secret dates.
Mary knows what she’s doing is wrong and her lady’s maid reminds her every time she gets a chance but Mary won’t listen. How can she? Not when Arran pretty much looks like David Gandy (I swear he does!). Picture this: David Gandy shirtless and wearing a kilt. Anyhow… She continues to see Arran knowing that if discovered they’d both be in a lot of trouble. To make matters worst, they’re both pretty much betrothed to others of other clans. It doesn’t take long before they’re discovered kissing, no less, at a party.
Her dad wants to kill Arran and his brother wants to wring his neck. Mary’s almost betrothed calls it quits, and now Arran is sent back to the Highlands, while Mary is supposed to marry her first cousin. Imagine that! Her first cousin! That was one thing that sorta bother me a little. I mean the words “cousin” + “marriage” don’t sound right to me. I don’t know about you. I might’ve gained a few new wrinkles when I read that. Then, I really didn’t like that Arran’s brother kept insisting that Arran married the girl he was supposed to have married but didn’t because he fell in love with a Sassanach. LOL I kept thinking, why? You didn’t marry her so why do you want your brother to take what even you didn’t want?
Arran doesn’t like the turns of events and so he kidnaps Mary, and they go through a series of events trying to make it to her grandfather’s, hoping he’d save her from her faith. The thing is their attraction is too strong and so, Arran seduces her. After a series of events they change their plans and are bound to Gretna Green so they can get married before Mary’s family catches up to them, which they do. But no one expects Mary’s grandfather’s reaction. Even I didn’t see that one coming.
Phew! I’m out of breath just typing all that. If there had been a lot less Scottish brogue (I kinda like that word) I think I personally would’ve enjoyed this book a lot more. I’ll leave you with Suzanne Enochis always a fun lady to read, and I’ve met her before too. I got the pictures to prove it! Heh heh