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Book Review-The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch

The Devil Wears Kilts
Scandalous Highlanders (1)
Suzanne Enoch
St Martins
Paperback
Acquired: Library
Published November 2013
336 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9781250041609
Authors Website

Synopsis
On a mission to rescue his runaway sister from the lure of flowery compliments and a useless lot of satin-clad scalawags disguised by their snooty titles, Ranulf MacLawry, Marquis of Glengask, has roared into British society like a storm across the Highlands. But he’s about to find out that satin has its appeal, especially when it covers the curves of Miss Lady Charlotte Hanover—whose tongue is as sharp as her skin is soft…

Lady Charlotte Hanover has had her fill of hot-headed men, having lost her fiancé in an utterly unnecessary duel. When did brawn ever triumph over brains? And yet there is something solid and appealing about the brash Highlander who’s as dangerous in the ballroom as in battle. Sometimes bigger really is better…

My Review 

Lady  Charlotte Hanover is still recovering from losing her fiancee to a duel gone bad. She is only looking for someone respectable, English and reserved. Someone that isn’t a hot head. While helping out a fellow young woman explore London and begin her season, a big burly Scot comes bursting into her home demanding his sisters safe return. Charlotte is outraged and isn’t afraid of telling this brute exactly what she thinks and she will defend Winnie no matter what. Ranulf, is laird, and is in charge of many, but the one who is top on his list to protect is his family. So when his sister flees to London, he is determined to bring her back home, kicking and screaming if necessary. But his plans change when he meets Charlotte, who is stubborn and interfering, and doesn’t know the meaning of his word as law. Well he wants to show this Lady Charlotte the error of her ways, but before long passions ignite, and a love blooms and Ranulf will have to fight for Lady Charlotte, who has wormed her way into his heart.

The Devil Wears Kilts is the first book in this new series by Suzanne Enoch. Now I have been meaning to read this one for quite some time. For years I have adored this author, and when I had a hard time reading a book from one of her other more recent series, and it didn’t meet my expectations, I wondered if I would like this author again….well this series has blown me out of the water. I recently had the chance to read the second book, and I was impressed, which only made me itchy to get my hands on this one. Some ride this one was….I love a sexy Scot…but Laird, and has little manners and a brogue to die for, and he does some pretty whopping kisses to…what I would give to jump into this story and trade spots with Charlotte!!

The story is pretty solid and steady all the way through and I had no issues with it at all. It starts off pretty quick and be careful, or you might be dragged into the story way quicker than you think–which is just the way that I like it though. Both of the characters are pretty bold and daring, and not afraid of anything at all. which made them quite explosive at times together. They know how to do a heated arguments, but the making up in the story is priceless. I enjoyed seeing these two really come together and the story was fast paced but not too rushed, and I had no issue staying with them as you see them develop a deeper connection to each other. There is some danger involved in the story that only ramped up the feeling of excitement.

A story that is richly filled with enticing characters, intrigue, a bit of Scottish culture and history thrown in the mix, and a tale of love and loyalty and the sense of family. THRILLING!!

My Grade 
5 blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series
Rogue With A Brogue
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous In Plaid

ARC Book Review-Rogue With A Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue With A Brogue
Scandalous Highlanders (2)
Suzanne Enoch
St. Martins Paperbacks
E Book
Published July 2014
Acquired: Netgalley
352 Pages
Scottish Highlands Historical Romance
ISBN: 9781250041616
Authors Website

Synopsis 
A Rogue For Every Lady

London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom, thanks to his lovestruck brother, Highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that . . . until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…

The Thrill Of The Forbidden

Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to catch flame, love is worth every risk…

My Review

A ARC provided in exchange for a honest review. 
 
Mary Campbell arrives at a masked ball, and meets a rogue with a mask that matches hers and after sharing a dance together, she is captivated, there is only one problem….her family are against any association with him. Arran MacLawry, has no idea of the true identity of his mysterious fox, but when he learns of her true identity, he can’t help but be fascinated. Even though his brother forbids him to cause any trouble especially with the Campbells….he knows it may be harder than just staying away from the one woman that stirs his blood. Even though Mary knows she needs to stay away from Arran, she can’t help but keep meeting him, sharing lunch together, and when they share a soul searing kiss, she is hooked. Then when the unimaginable happens, and she is stuck between a rock and hard place, she turns to the only man who cares for her, a man that she adores more than life and will risk her families wrath for a chance to share the rest of her life with that rogue in a kilt….

Rogue With A Brogue is the second book in the series, and even though I haven’t read the first book, I knew I had to try this one, when It became available to me through Netgalley. And I will admit I did a little happy dance when I was able to download it and start reading it. The previous series by Suzanne Enoch I have had a difficult time reading, so I was a bit unsure how I would enjoy this one. But I felt well it has sexy highlanders in kilts…how can I resist? And what I fun and wild adventure this story was. The story is set in the early 1800’s and begins in London. But what begins in London doesn’t stay there for very long. Mary and Arran once they find out how much they feel for each other, decide to risk everything to be together. In the first part of the story, you see it leading up to that point, and I loved seeing these two flirt and connect on both a physical and emotional level. I love stories with huge conflicts….and this one had a huge one and it fits well with the story and the style of the authors storytelling.

The characters are very passionate and intriguing, and I feel like Suzanne Enoch has gotten her groove back, this story seemed so much more like her older books that I have come to adore and cherish. Both the main and side characters were deeply entrenched into the story, and the more you read the more you fall in love. With each page I felt like I was being immersed more and more into the story that takes you back in a time of warring families, sexy brogues, gorgeous men in kilts, and a romance to stop your heart!!! CHARM AND WIT WITH EACH PAGE!!!

My Grade
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Steamy

Other Books In Series
The Devil Wears Kilts
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid (Coming Out March 2015)

Quickie Book Review-A Beginner’s Guide To Rakes

A Beginner’s Guide To Rakes
Scandalous Brides (1)
Suzanne Enoch
St Martins
Paperback
Published October 2011
339 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-312-53451-6
Authors Website

Synopsis 
All of London is abuzz with the return of the utterly alluring, recently widowed Diane Benchley. Will she remarry? What will she do with her late husband’s fortune? Society is shocked by her announcement—at the Grand Ball, of all places!—that she plans to open an exclusive gentleman’s gaming club in the family mansion. But no one is more stunned than the Marquis of Haybury, Oliver Warren.

Years ago, Oliver and Diane shared a private indiscretion. Now Diane threatens to reveal Oliver’s most ungentlemanly secrets…unless he agrees to help her. A notorious gambler—and rake—Oliver is overqualified to educate Diane in the ways and means of running her establishment. But striking a deal with Diane might just be the biggest risk Oliver has ever taken. This time, the only thing he has to lose is his heart…

My Review

 
It has been quite some time since I have read Suzanne Enoch, and I bought this book about a year ago, and its been on my shelf collecting dust, so since there have been a few books come into this series, I thought I would try reading the first installment, before I got the others. In the past I have come to love Enoch’s writing and her powerful ability of storytelling, but I am sad to say I was disappointed in A Beginner’s Guide To Rakes. For some reason I had the hardest time getting into the story, and by the time I was halfway, I wanted to finish it just to find out what happens, but I ended up skimming a bit (which is the worst, just so I could get through it). I think the biggest issue I had was the heroine in this story. I didn’t like her at any part of the book. Usually I don’t have such a difficult time with heroines, but there was something so hard about her character. I felt like there was so much harshness in the way she treats Oliver.  You see how they both make mistakes when they first have their affair before they see each other again in London. I also understand how hurt she could be, but at the same time I wanted to shake some good common sense into her. She frustrated me to no end, and I couldn’t help but have some serious issues with her. Oliver I liked from the first page, and I loved how patient he was with her, and never took what she said to him to heart. Even though there was a good solid story outline, and it had the same characteristics that I have come to admire in this author, I never could get fully into the story, and trust me I did try quite a bit. I do plan on trying the second one in the series, hoping it will be much better, because I don’t want to give up on this author that I have loved in the past.

My Grade
2.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating
Warm

Other Books In Series
Taming An Impossible Rogue
Rules To Catch a Devilish Duke
The Handbook To Handling His Lordship

Book Review-Sin And Sensibility

Sin And Sensibility
Griffin Family (1)
Suzanne Enoch
Avon
Paperback
Published Jan 2005
376 Pages
Regency Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-054325-9

Young ladies just want to have fun…

Unfortunately Eleanor Griffin has three strapping brothers to frighten away any beau they deem unsuitable. She knows she’s expected to marry eventually — probably to some staid, crusty old lord — but until that dark day dawns, Nell intends to enjoy herself. However, brother Sebastian, Duke of Melbourne, isn’t about to let his sister run completely wild, and asks his best friend, the Marquis of Deverill, to keep a close eye on the spirited lovely.

Could any chaperone be less qualified — yet more appreciated — than Valentine Corbett? Here is a man as sinful as he is attractive, a notorious rake, gambler, and pursuer of women whom Nell has fancied since girlhood. Alas, the irresistible rogue seems uncharacteristically determined to be honorable, despite the passionate longing in his gaze. And Nell must tread carefully, for she has promised to immediately wed whomever her siblings choose should so much as a hint of scandal arise . . .

MY REVIEW 
Summary:
 Eleanor feels supressed by her three brothers, and just wants to have fun and dislikes all the restrictions that are placed on her, and feels that her brothers don’t really care for what she wants in her life. So she comes up with a agreement for her to play out her independent nature as long as it doesn’t end in scandal. Valentine Corbette is a rogue in every way will be asked by his friend to watch over Eleanor and keep her away from any chance to be involved in any sort of scandal. Valentine at first doesn’t find this task to be too difficult however he finds himself attracted to Nell and the more time they spend in each others company he is drawn to her in a way he hasn’t been toward any other woman. Nell knows that she is treading dangerous ground with Valentine, and desires his kiss and tender touch but knows that if they are caught her brothers could marry her off to anyone of their choosing and knows they could be found out and she could lose the chance to be with the man she truly loves…

The Hero (Valentine Corbett)
Valentine is a pursuer of women and loves to gamble and is very notorious for his certain appetites. However when his friend asked him to chaperone his younger sister, he knew he was the worst man for the job, especially when he finds her so delicious in the looks department. Knowing he must protect her from scandal, he knows that she could be his greatest weakness and shed the armor surrounding his heart. 

The Heroine ( Eleanor Griffin)
Eleanor has always had a independent streak within her, and what she might consider to be ‘fun or exciting’ reeks dissaproval with her brothers, and it seems there is nothing that she can do right anymore. She finds herself miserable and not enjoying life when she is in the prime of her life. So she claims herself as independent to her brothers as long as she stays out of scandal or she could find herself married to any old bore or a selfish peacock (of her brothers choice) so she ends up being accompanied by Valentine who is known as a well known rogue, and he starts giving her lessons in sin as pleasurable as she never knew was possible and knows that she could find herself falling in love with someone that would only break her heart in the end.


My Thoughts 
Sin and Sensibility is the first in the Griffin series. This is not the first time that I have read this series but I haven’t read this series since they were newer, so I just wanted to read this one since it was one of my favorites and as I was reading I remembered how much I loved it. The passion and the romance came alive for me once more. I have always been a fan of Suzanne Enoch, books that are fun, sexy and full of sizzling chemistry that draws you into her stories. Sin and Sensiblity was no different, and I loved the interaction between Eleanor and Valentine, and there were moments in the story that you find yourself totally captivated….definitely a Enjoyable read!!!


My Grade On this Book 
5 Blossoms


Other Books In The Series 
An Invitation To Sin
Something Sinful
Sins Of A Duke

Book Review-Rules Of An Engagement

Rules Of An Engagement
Adventure Club (3)
Suzanne Enoch
Avon
Paperback
Published November 2010
Regency/Nautical Romance
ISBN: 978-0-06-166222-5

For proper young ladies, good behavior has always been the rule.

Captain Bradshaw Carroway loves the seafaring life – though he’d rather be battling brigands than his current assignment of ferrying a boatload of spoiled aristocrats. One passenger, however, has caught his eye: a bewitching young minx who definitely distracts him from the rules of shipboard decorum . . .

Some rules, of course, are meant to be broken.

Miss Zephyr Ponsley has traveled the world, but she’s completely innocent in the ways of love. She’s never learned to dance or flirt. But scientific observation has taught her that the laws of attraction have no rules, and that no adventure, on land or sea, is more dangerous – or delicious – than passion!

MY REVIEW 
 
Summary 
Captain Bradshaw Carroway, has a passion for living a life on the see, and loves the excitement and danger that comes from being Captain of his own ship, however when he is ordered by to be a babysitter to a load of Aristocrats, he would rather cut his own tongue out. However there is one passenger that has caught his eye, daughter of a well known historian, Zephyr Ponsely, has been by her fathers side ever since her mother passed away and been all over the world, and is eager to learn how to a lady and learn how to flirt and learn about life and passion. Zephyr is blunt and the desire between Shaw and Zephyr explodes after sharing a sensual embrace, Zephyr keeps breaking all sorts of rules of decorum and such, but would much rather be in Shaw’s embrace, than follow all the rules and be miserable, but what she never counting on was learning that giving into personal desires, can lead to matters of the heart, something she isn’t prepared for but then …neither is the confident rogue of a Captain…Bradshaw Carroway.

The Hero (Bradshaw Carroway)
Bradshaw, loved life on the sea, and wouldn’t ever think of giving it up…even for a woman. However the minute he is given a assignment to ferry some passengers that are just bound to make his life even more complicated, he starts to be drawn to a delightful young woman that has no sense of propriety or decorum, but a scientist, one that doesn’t even like him in the beginning, which charms him, and he knows that he wants more than anything is to keep her in his bed and in his life forever.

The Heroine (Zephyr Ponsley)
Zephyr is a scientist just like that of her father, however there is also a inner craving to have a life away from her father, to be a wife and a mother and have a home. When her mother died, she was dragged all over the world with her father, but about to enter into society, she has no idea the rules of decorum that are expected. But upon meeting the Captain, she knows she is in for a world of trouble, for he both infuriates her and awakens a hidden passion within her.

My Thoughts 
Rules of an Engagement is the third in the Adventure Club Series by Suzanne Enoch. I just fell instantly in love with this story and the characters. The characters alone were full of wit and passion. The story itself wasn’t that incredible, however there was a sense of flirty fun throughout the story, that kept me engaged throughout the whole of it. At the beginning both the main characters hate each other, and had me laughing at their interactions with each other, but we see from the moment that they share that memorable first kiss, that things change for them both, and they realize how much alike they truly are. I truly haven’t enjoyed such a romance in a while, and it was good to have one that was carefree and full of laughs…plus the cover is utterly charming

My Favorite Quote
“That I couldn’t possibly crave adventure when its very goddess sleeps in my arms every night. In all my imaginings, Zephyr, I never expected this life. I never expected to fall in love. I never expected to want children or to be so…full of joy simply waking up to see you every morning. You are my adventure.”

My Grade On This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
The Care and Taming Of A Rogue
A Ladies Guide To Impromper Behavior

Book Review-By Love Undone

By Love Undone
Bancroft Brothers
Suzanne Enoch
Avon
376 Pages
Published July 1998
Regency Romance

Synopsis
Maddie Willits was driven out of London by a scandal, her engagement in ruins, and now she is a paid companion to elderly Malcolm Bancroft. When Malcolm’s young nephew, the Marquis of Warefield, comes in to oversee the family estate, Maddie is at first incensed, but soon her feelings turn to flirtation with the handsome marquis–and then to something much more.

My Review:
Madeleine Willits after being caught up in a scandal by no fault of her own, becomes shunned, and leaves her family and becomes a companion to a elderly man who runs a estate. After living there for four years, she trust no one that is in Society. So when Malcom’s nephew Quinlan, Marquis of Warefield comes to help with the estate, Maddie has much distrust for this marquis whom she finds easy to dislike yet she starts to warm up to him, but when she is caught in a passionate kiss once more, she is caught up in a plan to re introduce her into society. After Quinlan is caught kissing the lovely Maddie, he vows to make amends despite all of her protests, even if its for her own good. They journey to London despite Maddies distaste for this plan, but only agrees out of promise she makes to Malcolm who is like her family, one who has loved her like a daughter. So despite her distaste for being introduced into society that rejected her in the past, she discovers a future one where she finds herself aching for a certain Marquis to love and keep her, but is far from trusting him because she doesn’t want Quinlan to break her heart as she fears, but will she find the courage to fight for the one that she loves?

Its been awhile since I have read anything from this author, but I do so love her books, they are filled with such passion and a engaging plot that will delight you. As with every one of Enoch’s books, I found myself finding it hard to put By Love Undone down, for it was so uniquely written, yet this book is similar to her other books, whereas its a mixture of passion, enticing plot, and engaging characters that will only leave you breathless for more of her well written romances that takes your breath away. I truly had few complaints about By Love Undone, except for the fact that in the beginning both Maddie and Quinlan seem to act more like children than adults in their interaction with one another but as the story progressed the characters seemed to progress in maturity. But other than that it was a lovely read!!!

My Grade For This Book
4 Blossoms

Other Books In The Series
Taming Rafe