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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

St. Martin's Press Blog Tour: The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne (Review)

About Kerrigan Byrne:
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book.

She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.

The cover isn’t the only thing that was beautiful about The Scot Beds His Wife!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: October 3, 2017

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...

What’s it About? Gavin St. James, the Earl of Thorne has done everything he possibly can to erase his past and he presently lives a shady but profitable life that he wants to put aside. When he meets the woman who owns the land he has his eye on, Gavin sees the chance to do just that. However, Samantha Masters isn’t just another woman. She’s from America, on the run, in hiding, and she needs a husband so that she can have some kind of protection for when trouble finds her. Gavin and Sam’s marriage will be one of convenience but with the attraction between them and the danger coming for her, they may need to rely on each other for more than just convenience.

Overall reaction to the story? Kerrigan Byrne does it again and this time I think she’s written the best book of the series! She doesn’t waste time creating a dangerous, challenging, and powerful atmosphere for her characters to grow and develop in. The set up took off like a shot and didn’t let up until the end. I loved the complex nature of the characters, they’re not completely good and they’re not completely bad but they have had to do bad things that have changed them. All together, The Scot Beds His Wife is an enthralling tale of revenge, passion, survival, and recovery.

Describe the hero in five words: Charming. Deadly. Wounded. Protective. Lost.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? Gavin hid his dark, ruthless side behind a wall of charm, affability, and seduction but at the same time he was so broken, lonely, and in need of the softer emotions in life that he was dangerously close to becoming like the one person he hated most: His father. Which can I say that it’s a wonder Hamish Mackenzie only had one son that became a monster like him. That cruel monster fathered so many kids and some of them with unwilling women that I wasn’t exactly surprised at the violence that lived in Gavin. I was just waiting for him to completely lose it and come to grips with his lineage and the fact that his hatred of his father was ruining his life and his hatred of his elder brother was misplaced. I enjoyed Gavin’s growth and how he was born into a violent life, shaped by it, and then brought to his knees by love in a way that also helped him really see his life as it was instead of how he perceived it to be.

Describe the heroine in five words: Scrappy. Intelligent. Brave. Vulnerable. Caring.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Sam was just so much fun. She had to fight and claw her way through some tough situations but she was so determined to survive and I admired that about her. She was so terrified to be in a strange country with no one to lean on yet she didn’t throw herself into Gavin’s arms even when it would have saved her a lot of hardships. I loved that she could back up her words with actions. She was a crack shot and not afraid to use those skills to protect herself or to warn Gavin that she wasn’t messing around when she said to get off her land. She could cuss like a sailor and ride a horse like a champ. I just loved her because she was so brash and honest and had a way of saying things that made me smile. Out of all the heroines in this series, Sam is the most entertaining, most capable, and most likable.

Let’s talk about the romance: Gavin and Sam don’t get off to a good start. He thought he could charm her out of the land and she basically told him where to shove his charm. Multiple times. And some of those times with a gun. But while these two locked horns so to speak, they were also aware of the simmering attraction that was building between them. What really made them a superb couple was how Sam carried her weight as a partner and a capable woman. She worked the land just like Gavin, she could ride better than Gavin, and when it came to their physical relationship these two were equals. Gavin never made her feel like a silly girl who didn’t know anything, he gave and she surprised him a few times by her blunt approach to life. I would definitely describe them as a power couple.

How about that supporting cast? One thing I was wanting to see in The Scot Beds His Wife was Gavin’s reconciliation with his brother Liam. These two were just like two wolves fighting over who was top dog with Gavin hating Liam for things that weren’t his fault and Liam ham-handedly trying to turn Gavin from adversary into his brother. I got that reconciliation and a lot more by way of Gavin’s friend Callum, who was super mysterious and pining for someone, and an elderly couple that just loved to bicker and had a taste for stating the obvious in a blunt way.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. The Scot Beds His Wife has everything that makes up a dangerously delicious romance between a tortured Scot and a lady gunslinger from America.

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