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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick

Ooo this one was fun guys. A woman running for her life ends up in “enemy” hands and falls in love? Yup, totally up my alley, plus May McGoldrick is a husband/wife writing duo and THEY SO WORK!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Swerve
Release Date: November 14, 2017

In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons...five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world...where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve...until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

What’s it About? Hugh Pennington, Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts finds more than he bargained for when his expected delivery contains a few unexpected items, a handful of American coins, a huge diamond, and a nearly dead woman. When she wakes with no memory of who she is or where she came from, the only thing Hugh knows for sure is that he needs to keep her safe despite the unwelcome curiosity and budding attraction he feels for her. Grace Ware is technically an enemy of the English crown. While she was in Antwerp, her father was murdered and she was forced to run for her life and hide in a crate which was then sealed and sent to Hugh. Aware that she’s in enemy territory, she pretends to have no memory of her past while she figures out what to do. In the meantime she grows close to Hugh and his sister and challenges Hugh to have a more open mind about the situations around him. Unfortunately trouble and danger follows Grace as unknown to her, she carries an important secret that could end her chance at happiness with Hugh permanently.

Overall reaction to the story? I thoroughly enjoyed Romancing the Scot! The setup and the conflicted position that Grace finds herself in made for quite the uphill battle, and Hugh? Get ready to swoon over him and fall in love with his family! The pacing and flow of the story was brisk and so easy to get into, I had fun with this historical romance because I’d never read one quite like this before. The conflict wasn’t too heavy that it outweighed the lighter aspects or the humor of the story. The characters were engaging, and like I said, Hugh’s family is the type that you fall in love with. May McGoldrick is a new-to-me-author and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the name is the pseudonym for a husband/wife writing duo! They really balance each other out and I love their style!

Describe the hero in five words: Dashing. Kind. Funny. Daring. Nurturing.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? I thought Hugh was absolutely delightful! He carried around a lot of heartache but instead of becoming broody and detached from the world he expressed his grief in his risky hobbies while still keeping a close relationship with his family. He was so kind and caring which isn’t common in heroes with his background. He was easy to like and way too easy to fall for but as easy going as he seemed, Hugh could turn into an alpha male in any situation that threatened his loved ones and that was also part of his appeal. He didn’t have to be in control all the time but when he did he didn’t hesitate.

Describe the heroine in five words: Courageous. Intelligent. Kind. Spirited. Loyal.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Grace was in such an impossible position from the very beginning and I felt so bad for her because she wasn’t a bad person, it’s just that her loyalty and love for her father put her in the enemy camp her whole life. She really had to think on her feet once she regained consciousness and found herself on Hugh’s property. I admired how she kept her wits about her and how she wasn’t prone to hysterics. I would have been understanding had she had a complete meltdown, it was a stressful situation she was in. At the same time Grace was still Grace, sweet, considerate, and unwilling to take advantage of her hosts. I loved her resilience.

Let’s talk about the romance: Hugh and Grace’s relationship was one of the best things about Romancing the Scot because it was sweet, funny, and passionate. These two were technically enemies but their compatible personalities won out over social and even political expectations. I loved the feeling of equality between this couple which normally doesn’t happen in historical romances but it did here and it felt so natural. With Grace’s background and skills it would have been odd if she wasn’t an active participant in her own rescue.

How about that supporting cast? Hugh’s family is just the best and even though you don’t meet all of them they have a big presence in Hugh’s life. The family is loving and close but it’s obvious they all have secret hurts and sorrows. Hugh’s sister Lady Josephine, or Jo as she’s affectionately known as, has such a big heart that was crushed when she was younger. She’s a definite spinster but seriously deserves someone who could see how special she is.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Mystery, murder, passion, and friendship makes up the most enchanting romance!

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