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Review: The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Bryne

September 26th, 2017 by dsuzuki

 

Source: Received for review

Publication date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Victorian Rebels #5

Rating: ★★★½☆

About the book:

The Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…

A marriage most convenient

Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…

My Thoughts:

I didn’t realize this was book 5 in a series but for the most part it didn’t pose a problem reading the story. I was able to dive right in and for the most part I enjoyed the story. Samantha was a fun character and not the typical heroine I’m used to reading. Gavin took a bit longer for me to take a shine too but he eventually won me over as well.

Both characters have a sad back story and neither are what you might consider upstanding citizens in either of their respective worlds. Despite that we see them both struggling to escape their pasts and forge a new life but their past continues to dog their heels. Gavin turned me off a bit in the beginning because despite having just read about his horrible childhood his attitude about getting what he wants no matter who he has to use turned me off. I’m glad that Samantha calls him on it at one point saying how he doesn’t care that he leaves a strings of broken hearts behind and makes himself feel better by saying the women he seduces know what he’s there for. I also was turned off by his attitude towards his brother Liam. Maybe I’m missing something because I didn’t know Liam already had his own book that I haven’t read but despite being called the Demon Highlander he didn’t seem so bad. It seemed like he always looked out for Gavin, he loves his wife and overall seems to treat his people well. So I didn’t get the level of animosity Gavin showed towards him for most of the story.

The other minor turn off for me was the amount of swearing used throughout the story by Samantha. I normally don’t mind swearing when it fits the story but in this case it seemed to be thrown in willy nilly as a sign of the uncouth American woman. It seemed like a cheater’s way of showing how un-lady like and “American” Samantha was. Also I’m not a linguistic expert but it just seemed out of place for this time period as well. Maybe it’s because I don’t think I’ve ever read another historical romance in which the heroine, no matter her background, has ever said the f-word so often. It’s something I’m more used to contemporary romance characters using.

So those few things kept this from being a 4-4.5 star read but I definitely enjoyed it enough that I need to go back and read the other books in the series. I also can’t wait to read Alison Roth’s story! I’m hoping that is coming out next.

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