Och. Grab hold of yer kilt and git reddy… brogues abound in this Highlander romance. In fact, it has even a little more brogue than I would find ideal, and that says a lot, since a brogue is usually a big part of the fun in these kind of books. But it can be a bit much at times, to the point it becomes distracting.
Overall, this was a fairly ok read for me. It’s book four in Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Highlanders series, but as a new reader, I didn’t feel lost. It was the blurb on the book that drew me in. The hero is a brawny, protective Highlander, with the nickname Bear, who falls for an unlikely heroine. Catriona is tough as nails, hiding herself and her sister in the MacLawry lands. For the first time in Bear’s life, there is a woman who doesn’t fall at his feet. She is independent and strong, but he knows she needs him. And he is determined to take care of her, whether she likes it or not.
Bear is a pretty sympathetic character. He is a big, strapping man, but he gets no credit for having a brain in his head. He does have one, though. What he doesn’t have is a desire to settle down the way his brothers have. But they push him and push him, going back and forth between treating him like and child and like a pawn in their clan politics. Bear just wants to keep tupping any lass who strikes his fancy. Cat changes that, though. She is so different with her crack shot and her men’s clothing. He can’t help but be drawn to her and it’s only a matter of time before he realizes no other woman will do.
Cat is ok, albeit a little one-note. Her father always wanted a son and essentially raised her as a boy. She has no idea how to behave as a lady and now she is running both to protect her sister from an unwanted marriage and from a secret of her own. She can hunt; she can do manly things; she wears pants. But she is vulnerable inside. She doesn’t even realize she wants what Bear is offering until she is already in love with him.
There’s not a whole lot to the romance. Bear helps take care of Cat as she hides and convinces her he is a good guy and they get together. The only conflict comes from his obnoxious family, the members of which I can only assume were the main characters in the earlier books of the series. Either they were horrible in their own books or they have undergone some serious character assassination here… especially the oldest brother. What a tool.
It’s got all the requisite Highland elements like lairds and castles and kilts (and don’t forget the brogue). It’s even got a fiery red-headed heroine. It’s alright, but it what it’s lacking is emotional resonance. It’s not bad in any way. It’s also not wrenching or stomach dropping or swoon-worthy. It’s ok. Not a bad afternoon read if you want to scratch a Highlander itch, but not the best choice if you’re looking for any real emotional connection.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Some Like it Scot
by Suzanne Enoch
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: St. Martins Press