The Book Corner 3/5/2020: Suzanne Enoch’s Scot Under the Covers
Scot Under the Covers by Suzanne Enoch. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. Jan. 28, 2020. Netgalley.
Amazon’s Blurb: he second in the seductive new Scottish historical romance Wild Wicked Highlanders series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch!
In Scot Under the Covers, a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, and every rule will be broken!
Miranda Harris is known for her charm, wit, and ability to solve any problem she encounters. But when her brother lands neck-deep in gambling debt to a crafty villain and Miranda is subsequently blackmailed into marrying him, she must enlist the help of the devil himself to save the family honor―and herself.
“It’s time to fall in love with Suzanne Enoch.” ― Lisa Kleypas
Devilishly handsome Highlander Aden MacTaggert knows next to nothing about the ways of the ton, but he most certainly knows his way around gaming halls and womens’ hearts. Still, Aden is not sure how he’ll manage to find a Sassenach bride in time to save his family’s inheritance. When his almost sister-in-law Miranda comes to him for assistance, he proposes a partnership: She will help him navigate London society and he’ll teach her everything about wagering…and winning back her freedom. The beautiful, clever lass intrigues Aden―but is she playing her own game, or are the sparks between them real? He is accustomed to risking his pocket. But betting on Miranda’s love is a game he can’t afford to lose. . .
My Review: When Aden and his brothers arrive in London set to find the English brides their mother, the Countess, demands or she’ll cut off money to their Scottish estate, he finds himself spurned by Miranda Harris, soon to be his sister-in-law with the impending nuptials of her brother to their sister. She considers all gamblers the lowest. But after she uncovers her brother’s profound debt and his solution to paying it off: marrying her to Robert Vale, a vulture hunting an heiress to make his name in society, she enlists Aden’s help. They soon discover Vale is a man who has ruined many to get what he wants, and they are in his sights now.
The characters are fantastic as you would expect from a Suzanne Enoch novel! She writes with a grace and sure knowledge of London society and what is and isn’t accepted. Using such, to manipulate her characters at every turn she makes a satisfying story even better. The plot is sure and solid, and I found myself both disliking Miranda at first and then sympathizing with her as the story went along. Aden, I liked from the start with his robust, rebellious son attitude and the underlying hurt his mother caused him by leaving when he was seventeen years old to take his sister to London. The theme, that family is everything is well though out on all accounts. My Scorecard: A+