Review: How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English
Publication date: 12/1/15
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
About the book:
He’s the terror of the ton…
The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.
Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.
Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.
Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves…and nothing will stop him from having her.
My attention is caught by any story with a highlander and the cover and blurb reeled me in BUT sadly the book didn’t live up to my expectations. It was hard to get into and I never truly came to like either the hero or the heroine. The most irritating part about the hero was his determination to return to sea and thus he was set on not pursuing Catherine. Then all of a sudden when she says the kiss they shared should never be repeated all of a sudden he foists himself upon her every chance he gets. It’s almost like a child being told he can’t have something so all of a sudden he HAS to have it. I didn’t get any sort of build up to why he was so over the moon for her. Another issue is that other than some references to his clan and his sister’s disdain towards the English I also didn’t get the feel of a highlander about Alexander. His presence doesn’t seem to cause any of the “riot” referenced in the book description or the terror he strikes in the ton other than a moment or two where he intimidates a few men. Honestly he could have been any old Englishman and the story wouldn’t have been much different other than his outlandish sister.
Then there’s Catherine who just irritated me and her character seemed to be all over the place. She had no spine and seemed more of a foil to help other characters shine. Mary Elizabeth, Alexander’s sister, is so overboard crazy that it was initially off putting but when seen in constant comparison to Catherine I really came to like her so much more.
The story itself was a little disjointed and never completely drew me in which is honestly probably because I didn’t care about the couple. I did end up skimming the last 20% or so just to finish it.