Book Review: A Scot To The Heart

reviewcover-ascottotheheartTitle: A Scot To The Heart [Desperately Seeking Duke 2]

Author: Caroline Linden

Genre: Historical Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

An Officer and a Scotsman

Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to—but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune.

A Lady and a Temptress

Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend’s brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he’s not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another… says otherwise.

An Irresistible Attraction

Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman—a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she’s caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what’s in both their hearts.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I thoroughly enjoyed A Scot To The Heart by Caroline Linden. I’ve read only two books by this author so far, both in this particular series, and I have to say that so far, I’m impressed.

This isn’t your typical historical romance – the main female lead is a strong, wild character recently widowed and breaking free from the constraints of her family and husband for the first time, and the main male lead is a staunch military man that is rather inept when it comes to romance. Their relationship was steamy and cautious, and I loved every minute of it.

The book was well written – the narrative was easy to follow, clean of any significant typographical errors, and although saturated with historical context, didn’t feel weighed down by it. The characters were loveable (except for a certain apprentice – hate him.)

Overall, I loved the book, and if you’re looking for a light historical romance to sink into on a rainy weekend, I would highly recommend this one.

Book Review: About A Rogue

cover-about a rogueTitle: About A Rogue [Desperately Seeking Duke 1]

Author: Caroline Linden

Genre: Historical Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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It’s no love match…
Bianca Tate is horrified when her sister Cathy is obliged to accept an offer of marriage from Maximilian St. James, notorious rake. Defiantly she helps Cathy elope with her true love, and takes her sister’s place at the altar.

It’s not even the match that was made…
Perched on the lowest branch of his family tree, Max has relied on charm and cunning to survive. But an unexpected stroke of luck gives him an outside chance at a dukedom—and which Tate sister he weds hardly seems to matter.

But could it be the perfect match?
Married or not, Bianca is determined to protect her family’s prosperous ceramics business, even when Max shows an affinity for it—not to mention a dangerous ability to intrigue and tempt Bianca herself. And when Max realizes how beautiful and intelligent and desirable Bianca is, he’ll have to prove he’s no rogue, but the passionately devoted husband she craves…

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I loved About A Rogue by Caroline Linden, this was a new author for me, and I dare say, now one of my favorites. The book was exceedingly well-written and well-paced. The characters had depth, the romance was both achingly sweet, turbulent at times, and sinfully spicy. It was nice to have a male lead that was a bit of a rake without being a jerk, and a female lead that though from a small country town wasn’t necessarily a simpering, naïve maiden. Bianca was fiery and strong-willed, and willing to admit her mistakes. I loved them both.
 
If you are looking for a strong historical romance to sink into, I highly recommend this one.