"It's Getting Scot in Here" by Suzanne Enoch
HAPPILY-EVER-AFTER 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...
**I received a NetGalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. What follows is my own opinion.**
Sometimes I just need to get swept up in a good Highlands romance, and “It’s Getting Scot in Here” couldn’t have come to me at a better time! I loved everything about this story, from the well-matched hero and heroine to the breath-holding tension of getting them to their Happily Ever After. The cute title didn’t hurt matters, either.
The ‘deal’ Francesca forced upon her husband and as a result, her children, made my blood boil. Sure, it set up a great dilemma for our hero and heroine and it added a level of risk that kept me devouring the pages to see it resolved, but damn did it make me hate her a little. Her sons—Niall especially—were much more likable, and from the very beginning. (I did grow to like Francesca better, by the way.) I enjoyed watching his blossoming relationship with Amelia-Rose, and they were perfect for each other. Niall was the best kind of hero, with looks AND brains. He’s committed, steady, intelligent—in short, he had a personality under that kilt. Amelia-Rose was also strong and smart. No wilting violets here, folks! Her personality was too forceful for Coll, and despite knowing that both of their families intended them for each other, she couldn’t and wouldn’t change herself for him. I admired that about her.
Niall and Amelia-Rose don’t start out as intended lovers, but more as two people who mutually appreciate the dilemma the other is facing. I’ve always enjoyed a romance that starts this way as opposed to some star-struck, insta-love thing; it allows for more character and plot development, and the ultimate getting-together is so much more satisfying. Everything is against these two, and the obstacles weren’t some petty, silly, contrived fluff the author laid out to elongate the story. Social expectations of the time period, vastly different cultures and perceptions, the wishes of parents who held all the power…these often trumped love and desire. To see them conquered was beyond satisfying!
Bottom line: “It’s Getting Scot in Here” had it all: humor, shenanigans, touch decisions, and a beautiful love match between two people who were clearly meant for one another. And now that Niall’s story has been so nicely settled, I’m very much looking forward to seeing how things work out for his brothers!
A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than forty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.
Some of Suzanne's books include Barefoot In The Dark, I'ts Getting Scot in Here, Lady Whistledown Stirkes Back and The Legend of Nimway Hall.