The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.
Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.
Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.
Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves…and nothing will stop him from having her.
Source: galley from publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca. Thanks for letting me participate in the tour!
Catherine is in London for her first and only season in order to find a husband that will take care of her and her family because her father passed away several years ago and the money is drying up. She is on a mission to find that suitable, possibly boring, Englishman. Catherine befriends the outlandish Mary Elizabeth Waters, whose brother, Alexander, is nothing that she needs but she is finding that she is very attracted to him, regardless.
Alexander, for his part, just wants to do his familial duty and find his headstrong sister an English husband so that Alexander can leave England again to sail on his ship and participate in all the adventures that await him. Too bad that he cannot keep his eyes, and hands, off the little English Rose that he calls his Angel, though he knows full well that he’s not the marrying kind.
I have to be honest, the cover is what made me want to read this book. If you want me to read a new historical romance author, make a pretty cover and I will jump all over it. Plus, Scottish men! Come to mama!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Alexander and Catherine together. Their attraction was undeniable and sizzling on the page. I enjoy a story with immediate attraction and I also really like when two people deny their feelings and try to fight that attraction (which is every romance book, ever, basically). This book had all that and more. I’ve been wanting to read more Scottish heroes and Alexander was a little bit more tame than the ones I’ve previously read, but he was a great alpha and a lot of fun. I also really enjoyed his sister. She was a hoot and I’m hoping there’s a book about her soon. I am definitely putting the next book in the series on my TBR.
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.
You are a Quietly Brave Romantic Heroine, just like Catherine Middlebrook in Christy English’s HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOT! A steel dagger sheathed in silk, you have a secret thirst for adventure and an uncanny ability to throw knives. Kind, brave, and nurturing, you always take the time to help others even as you are intent on rescuing yourself. Though you welcome a knight in shining armor, you do not wait for him to show up, but find your own way out of every Dark Forest. True love is a gift you treasure, but you plant and tend your own garden instead of waiting for a man to bring you flowers.