by Suzanne Enoch
Series: Wild Wicked Highlanders #1
Published on February 26, 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
London socialite Amelia-Rose Baxter is nobody’s fool. Her parents may want her to catch a title, but she will never change who she is for the promise of marriage. Her husband will be a man who can appreciate her sharp mind as well as her body. A sophisticated man who loves life in London. A man who considers her his equal―and won’t try to tame her wild heart...
IN THE HIGHLANDS
Rough, rugged Highlander Niall MacTaggert and his brothers know the rules: the eldest must marry or lose the ancestral estate, period. But Niall’s eldest brother just isn’t interested in the lady his mother selected. Is it because Amelia-Rose is just too. . . Free-spirited? Yes. Brazen? Aye. Surely Niall can find a way to soften up the whip-smart lass and make her the perfect match for his brother for the sake of the family.
JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT HOTTER.
Instead it’s Niall who tempts Amelia-Rose, despite her reservations about barbarian Highlanders. Niall finds the lass nigh irresistible as well, but he won’t make the mistake his father did in marrying an Englishwoman who doesn’t like the Highlands. Does he have what it takes to win her heart? There is only one way to find out...
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It’s Getting Scot in Here kicks off the first in a series featuring wicked Scottish Highlanders and London socialites clashing worlds. The MacTaggert brothers have to each marry an Englishwoman before their younger sister marries or their mother will stop funding their Scottish estate.
Which I mention because you learn all of this in the handful of pages of the prologue. Immediately I was turned off from the book. The prologue felt like a massive info-dump that could have been more seamlessly integrated into the main part of the story. I think the information came out well enough on its own without the prologue, and a few well-placed sentences would have negated the need for the prologue entirely.
The story continues for over 200 pages of nothing really happening. Amelia-Rose is set to marry Niall’s brother Coll but when he disappears in a fit of anger, Niall starts stepping in for him. In that couple hundred pages, a few days pass in the book’s time and she gets to know Niall better through a number of social events. . . but I didn’t sense anything more than friendship developing. Which, don’t get me wrong, is a great start for a romance but not when it takes up 2/3 of the book and leaves little room for the rest.
And in that little space it went from mild friendship to pure insta-love, despite only a few days passing and the pair of them constantly disagreeing and not in the “I’m secretly totally attracted to you” way even (at least not all the time). I could get behind insta-lust. Hell, I think romances are built off it sometimes, but the jump to love seemed premature. Amelia-Rose and Niall had a good foundation but I think they needed more page time for their relationship to develop rather than feeling rushed. And I liked them as a couple so I would have stuck around for more if there had been any!
Amelia-Rose, in particular, was a fun heroine. She’s free-spirited and a little outspoken, but she doesn’t dismiss the role of a lady as a chore. She enjoys it! To be honest, I don’t usually see that so I had fun watching her get excited over parties and balls and society as a whole. And Niall wasn’t the typical highlander. Gruff and direct, which I’ve come to expect from Scottish Highlanders in romance novels (yeah, it’s a thing), but he’s also always cleaning up after his older brothers, taking responsibility, being the negotiator in squabbles, it made him. . . not softer, exactly, but not super over-the-top alpha male either. Something that stood out.
Despite the insta-love business, I did enjoy this book and the chemistry between Amelia-Rose and Niall was great. I definitely plan to read the rest of this series and see where his two brothers end up because I’m sure it’ll be an adventure!