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Review: Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch

January 26th, 2020 by Debbie's World of Books

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication date: January 28, 2020

Source: Received for review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the Book

Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor―and herself.

Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden―but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .

My Thoughts

I really have mixed feelings about this book because I did love Aden’s character and loved seeing his interactions with his brothers. I also can’t wait to finally see him find peace with his mother. That relationship more than anything tugged at my heartstrings.

I had a much harder time liking Miranda. She was so prejudiced against gamblers and so rude to Aden just based on hearsay that I couldn’t stand her. I get she has a bad taste for gambling because of what happened with her family but, she was so judgemental without. Then to make it worse she absolves the people who lose their money of practically any blame. I agree, there are the villains out there that fleece folks but, her brother and her uncle made their own choices to keep gambling. If she had been more even-handed with acknowledging her uncle and brother made poor choices and needed to take responsibility for their choices then I would have been more willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

Her brother was another character I had a hard time liking. It wasn’t even the gambling, it was that he was so willing to sell his own sister to a man he knows is a villain. He protests at times that he tried to come up with another solution but as a reader we see none of that. We only see him pandering to Captain Vale and making sure his sister ended up with him. It really didn’t sit well with me that he ends up scot-free plus still gets to marry Aden’s sister and suffered practically no consequences for his own actions.

I do still want to read the next book since I really enjoyed the MacTaggert family, I just hope the heroine is more likeable than in this book.

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