Good morning, friends! Today I’m excited to share my review of The Scot Beds His Wife, the newest book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebels series! Make sure to check out the giveaway after the review to win a copy for yourself!
by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Victorian Rebels #5
Published on October 3, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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...
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Oh goodness, this book was such a fun read!
I read this without reading the previous books in the series (except The Duke but I didn’t see any connection to that in here… that I remember, at least). And it was totally fine because The Scot Beds His Wife stands well on its own.
And talk about entertaining.
SO often I see historical romances take the same path as all the others in the genre and they all read the same. But this one was different. Sam is a sharpshooting sass queen from the American West on the run from a past that isn’t quite done with her yet. Gavin is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants so he can break free from his own past. And right from the start this wasn’t like other romances I’ve read, though I won’t reveal too much to avoid spoilers.
I loved Sam’s character. She’s quick to use a gun and even quicker to cut you down with words, but she’s not all sharp edges and black powder. Gavin was very sure of himself which was fun to read but also made their interactions fall on the comedic side more often than not. They were a good balance for each other. I can’t say I was fond of Gavin’s notorious sleeping around streak because that’s just not something I love reading about (specifically when it’s a point that’s made to the reader over and over) but that was a smaller issue for me.
But one of the biggest parts of their relationship got old after a while.
They lied to each other. Quite often, in fact. Over. And. Over. At first I was fine with it because they were basically strangers and didn’t trust each other but after three-quarters of the way through the book they were STILL lying to each other and it just didn’t sit well that they had this romance going with all the secrets. Instead of increasing the tension for me, it irritated me.
I want to see more romances move away from the conflict of trust. It seems to be a popular tool to up the odds in the story but it’s the same tale over and over. I loved Sam’s character EXCEPT for this part and it was a big part of the plot, which made that love start to fade away. Same for Gavin.
Despite that, I really enjoyed the banter and overall plot of the story. The characters were fun and the story moved quick while keeping me entertained. Read it in one sitting!
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