Review: The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been a fan of the Victorian Rebels series since the first installment, The Highwayman, rocked my socks off. Each book has filled in stories of the Mackenzie brothers, all deeply damaged by the father who tormented them in their youth. This book’s hero was the youngest legitimate son, Gavin, who is now the Earl of Thorne.

The legacy his father left behind is one Thorne completely rejects. He took his mother’s last name and wanted to divorce himself of everything to with being a Mackenzie… not just wanting distance from his long dead father, but his brothers too. If you read the previous books, you know the truth behind their history, but Thorne has only his own perspective and believes his brothers are as much monsters as their sire ever was. He’s still tied to Liam, not only because his brother is the Laird, but also because he works in the man’s distillery. His deepest desire is to forge is own path, free of everything Mackenzie.

To do that, he needs to take over the neighboring lands and begin herding cattle. The only problem is that Allison, the woman who owns it, hates his family as much as he does — and refuses to ever sell her land to a Mackenzie.

Allison isn’t the heroine of this story, though. Samantha is. Sam is an American woman with the misfortune of marrying a man who was a criminal… a man who forced her into his life of crime. He would have killed Allison in a train heist, but Samantha stopped him with a bullet to the head. That turned her into a target for his outlaw brothers. Allison offers Sam the chance to assume her identity in Scotland to stay safe, in exchange for keeping the property out of Gavin’s hands.

You can imagine how this plays out.

Gavin is a consummate ladies man. He seeks comfort in their bodies, but his history makes him feel incapable of love. He is beautiful and suave and Sam wants no part of his charming attempts to buy Allison’s land.

Sam is awesome. She is tough as nails; she rides, she shoots, and she curses like a sailor. Also, she takes absolutely zero crap. And Gavin is full of crap, so that makes their interactions absolutely fabulous. Here’s the thing, though, she is also pregnant, not enough to show, but it’s the motivator that eventually drives her into Gavin’s arms and the one thing that kept me from rooting for her 100 percent. I get it, but I hated a relationship not built just on one lie, but two. He thinks she’s Allison, and when he marries her for “convenience” he has no idea she’s having another man’s baby.

It’s interesting to see how the same history plays out through different lenses. I liked seeing Liam again and seeing that family dynamic. I liked Sam’s irreverence. I liked seeing Gavin’s mother come out of her shell. But as much as I liked the fun enemies-to-lovers banter and Sam’s feisty nature, the secrets and lies kept me from totally loving this book like some of the previous ones. Byrne’s writing kept me engaged and for the most part it was good… I just didn’t love it like I did The Highwayman.

I am intrigued, though, by the premise for the next one. Can’t wait to see how that plays out.

*ARC provided by publisher

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The Scot Beds His Wife
by Kerrigan Byrne
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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