Welcome to my review of Some Like it Scot by Suzanne Enoch, the fourth title in her Scandalous Highlanders historic romance series.
I have to say that I don’t know how I missed this series, full of everything that I’ve been obsessed with for ages: historic romance, highlanders, suspense, secrets and an overwhelmingly loud and obtrusive family, all with good intentions. Some Like it Scot was a read in one sitting title for me, just a bit longer to get the review written!
Munro MacLawry, or Bear, is six and a half feet tall, broad, muscled and known to be handy with his fists, if not particularly thoughtful. The thinking, for the most part, he leaves up to his brothers, Ranulf the head of the clan, Arran the diplomatic one, and his sister Winnie have all married and are now consumed with babies and the peace that has come after many troubles. Bear is most comfortable in a kilt, considers himself rough and tumble, and why tie himself to one lass when all are willing?
Catriona rescued her half-sister Elizabeth from an unwanted betrothal in London, and the two have headed into the Highlands. Raised as a boy, Cat is more than capable of hunting and fishing, and the two have managed reasonably well while sheltering in a room of a ramshackle abbey on the MacLawry lands.
These two will meet up, and sparks will ensue, to great delight. The bickering and banter between Bear and Cat is delightful and you see the growth of feelings between them. Added to this is the inner dialogue of the two, and the huge secrets that Cat is hiding, both about growing up and her own clan ties.
Of course, no secrets are completely safe, and a surprise that could completely undo the fragile peace on MacLawry lands comes to their door. With Cat’s decision to tell the brokenhearted Bear the whole story, we understand her peculiar dress, her reluctance to share more of herself and the fragile self-esteem she has. Completely capable and competent, just not familiar with dresses and the polish her half-sister has, Bear’s determination to help her explore her feminine side (showing a depth of sensitivity and caring that will bring a tear) is truly magical, and possibly the most telling display of the man that hides behind the bulk.
Now, I can’t say that his family was particularly wonderful here: his brothers tried to pay her off to leave, and only his sister saw that it was wholly unfair for him to not have who he wanted, no matter the consequences, and with a bit of common sense and keen observation from Cat, a solution just might be to hand. I loved this story, full of heart and plenty of heat between Cat and Bear, some insight into the family and their own concerns, and a touch of Elizabeth’s steel backbone buried beneath a veneer of polish and prim. I can‘t wait to read the rest of this series from the start
Title: Some Like it Scot (Scandalous Highlanders, #4)
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Published on: 6 October, 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 45 minutes
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Munro MacLawry has always lived up to his nickname "Bear." Strong and brawny, he's known in his clan to be fiercely protective. Sadly for him, each of his siblings becomes "less highlander" as they get married, and Bear is left rowdy and alone with no one to protect. That is, until a routine hunt leads to the most alluring of creatures…
Catriona MacColl doesn't care to amuse the brash, strong, and sexy highlander she stumbles upon in the woods. She's too busy hiding with her sister from marriage into English society. Already well-equipped with a bull's-eye shot, she doesn't need a protector, no matter how badly her body burns for him. But as Cat's boyish nature gives way to her more feminine desires, she'll have to stop fighting the tide and listen to her heart…
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.