Eva Leigh returns with the third book in her Union of the Rakes series with
Waiting for a Scot Like You
I’ve loved this author’s writing since I first read her Wicked Quills of London series, and this one is a mix of tropes, nods to contemporary films, and laden with plenty of laughter, hi jinks and plenty of steam. Also, in this story we have an older heroine with a younger hero – both of whom are ‘aged’ for the story’s time, and neither being the prototypical model of their position. Taking a page out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, with a dash of Footloose, with plenty of moments for steam, laughter and some true discovery of ‘self’.
Beatrice is the dowager countess of Farris – and has raised her children and shed her husband and is now ready to embrace all her newfound freedoms. An inattentive and controlling husband, children and the expectations of society left her feeling constrained – and at 46 she is ready to explore all things sensual and exotic: despite the censure that is possible from those in society and her family. But the host has other plans and decides that Beatrice needs an escort as she travels north, and enlists his friend, newly retired Major Duncan Cameron to provide the escort and join the festivities at the end of the trip.
Duncan is strait laced and a rule-follower, which meant his time in the military served him well. He’s a bit on the conservative side, conscious of societal censure, how things SHOULD be done, and is hoping for the chance to cure his restlessness by finding an appropriate woman to wed and start a family. It is the logical next step for this man of 34, and Beatrice just doesn’t fit any of the preconceived expectations he held. For her part, Beatrice wants to experience LIFE in big, bold letters – with all the sensual pleasures and none of the commitments that come with marriage and society’s approval.
While I can’t say this was a favorite, there were moments where the tie-in to films from the 80’s and the storyline worked beautifully well, and the moments between Duncan and Beatrice were electric – even as I felt for Duncan as Beatrice did seem to behave rather cavalierly with the feelings and desires of others. With plenty of steam, a rather unexpected ending, and lots of conversations and conflicts that moved both characters to growth and better understanding of their desires and their relationship – it worked as another installment in the series and gave us some interesting and unusual moments as the rake in this one was most certainly Beatrice – a complete turnabout from the expected.
Title: Waiting for a Scot Like You
Author: Eva Leigh
Series: Union of the Rakes #3
Genre: Historical Romance, British, Erotic Elements, Friendship, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Late Regency, Regency, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 23 February, 2021
Source: Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 26 minutes
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For a merry widow and a stoic major, it’s a bumpy road to love…
Adjusting to life in peacetime isn’t easy for Major Duncan McCameron. Escorting a lady on her journey north seems like the perfect chance to give him some much-needed purpose. That is, until he learns the woman in question is the beautiful, bold, reckless Lady Farris. She makes his head spin and being alone together will surely end in disaster.
Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is finally free of a stifling marriage and she has no plans to shackle herself to any other man. Ready to live life to the fullest, she’s headed to a week-long bacchanal and the journey should be half the fun. Except she’s confined to a carriage with a young, rule-abiding, irritatingly handsome Scottish soldier who wouldn’t know a good time if it landed in his lap. But maybe a madcap escapade will loosen him up...
Between carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed, their initial tension dissolves into a passion that neither expected. But is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via Avon Addicts, Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.