Tuesday, March 24, 2020

ARC Review: Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enouch

Scot Under the Covers (Wild Wicked Highlanders, #2)From the blurb:

When a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, every rule will be broken!

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. . .

Heather's rating:

My second ready by Suzanne Enoch and my second win! I'm beginning to think she is popular for a reason...

I really enjoyed Scot Under the Covers, the second in the Wild Wicked Highlanders series, and not just because the titles of these stories make me grin from ear to ear, but they are just dynamic, romantic, fun stories to read.

I loved the smart, capable female MC. She really knew how to think on her feet, and I instantly connected with her. She was savvy and resourceful, and I could have read about her for days.

I also have a huge weakness for a highlander, especially a big, handsome, strong highlander (I'm only human, guys), but Aden wasn't just all that in an oaf-y package. He brought real feelings and depth to his character, and I thought he played very well off of Miranda.

This wasn't an enemies-to-lovers story, like I was expecting, but a friends-to-lovers story. The relationship builds slowly over time, and by the time the end came, the love was overwhelming. I ate up every bit of the romance.

The plot also kept me on my toes. I usually don't love suspenseful plots, and I had no idea how Miranda was going to untangle herself from this mess. However, it all resolved beautifully and believably at the end. Even though I thought Miranda's brother got off way too easily...

My only issue was the "too many POVs." I like only one or two points of view in my story, and anything more than that feels cluttered, and, frankly, like lazy storytelling. It wasn't horrible here, but I didn't think that the extra POVs brought much to the table. A personal pet peeve of mine. However, despite some minor flaws, the story really sang.

A fun, exciting, well-written romance for those who love burly highlanders and smart women.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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