Sophie Jordan comes to the blog today with the fourth book in The Rogue Files series, an historic romance title with plenty to enjoy in
This Scot of Mine
Lady Clara Autenberry is ruined by her own hand, with help from a less-than-savory former fiancé. Discovering far too late that her betrothed is not what he seems and not being able to reconcile her soon-to-be life with her own example of love and happiness in her family, she pretends to have strayed and become pregnant, all for him to drop her. Of course, being the age it was, the plan works, but Clara is ruined and the subject of gossip and shunning by the tonne, a group that she had always found judgmental and difficult. To save her family in London from her scandal, she and her former governess, now companion, Marion, set off for her older brother’s house in Scotland, where she is welcomed and will be a help when his wife has their first child. Excited for the change although sad for the separation and chaos she’s leaving behind, they undertake the journey.
Unfortunately, not being able to be honest with her own family, in fact only Marion knows of her lies, Clara arrives in Scotland at her brother’s house, warmly welcomed, but it is clear that they are worried for her. And, her first night she is to dine with her brother, his wife and their “friend”, a dashing Scot that she ‘met’ in the midst of a tavern brawl, and she’s not been able to forget her reactions to him. Hunt MacLarin is the Laird of the clan, taking his responsibility for his people seriously without actually ever believing he can find love or father a child due to a curse on his family. But the English lady has captured his interest, unlike any before her, and with his friend Autenberry explaining her reasons for being in Scotland, Hunt thinks he has found the perfect solution. A ready made family if he and Clara should marry, saving her from the disgrace, her child from the ignominy of bastard and allowing him to raise and love a child, despite the curse.
This was quick reading, clever and while a bit worrisome with the deception, the oft repeated curse and some out of historic context language, both Clara and Hunt are adorable. He’s so determined to care for his clan and family, and desperately wants to be a father, husband and protector all which conflict with the curse, and Clara is so lacking in self-esteem – being a different “type’ to the norm with her olive complexion and dark hair. Having the example of love and happiness in her own childhood home, and now with her mother remarried and raising young twins, she’s not only intrigued by Hunt but reveling in the quiet surety of his regard. Well, mostly. She meant to tell him the ‘real’ story before their wedding night, and well, she didn’t. And it’s not until the morning after that he knows the real story – one that he and his grandmother – a fearsome believer in the curse is happy with, and several ‘near misses’ serve to reinforce the sense of doom. Clever escapist reading that isn’t highly original and occasionally repetitive, but fitting in with the ‘rogues who really aren’t” theme of the series and providing some laughter and heart along the way.
Title: This Scot of Mine
Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #4
Also in this series: While the Duke Was Sleeping, The Scandal of It All, The Duke Buys a Bride, The Duke's Stolen Bride
Genre: Historical Romance, Humor elements, Regency, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Avon
Published on: 12 March, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 7 Hours: 15 minutes
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A daring deception…
Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie—that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster…until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.
She’s the answer to his curse…
Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition—marry my ruined sister—it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul.
No escaping the truth...
Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.