Too Scot to Handle
Don't miss this "well-plotted, beautifully written story" (Library Journal) about a sexy Scot and the woman who finally captures his heart in the New York Times bestselling Windham Brides series.
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting -- this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.
Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.
"Sexy heroes, strong heroines, intelligent plots, enchanting love stories...Grace Burrowes's romances have them all." -- Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author
"Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure." --Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author
Burrowes's second Windham Brides historical (after The Trouble with Dukes) isn't quite Pride and Prejudice, but her bold riff on Jane Austen's famous opening line declares her intent to come close, and she certainly has the pitch just right for a humorous Regency-era novel. Miss Anwen Windham, an Englishwoman who is fiercely protective of those she loves, and Lord Colin MacHugh, a wealthy Scottish distillery owner who's a fish out of water in London, are both do-gooders whose current project is trying to save the House of Wayward Urchins and its incorrigible occupants. Anwen's uncle's sly matchmaking is all the funnier for its subtlety, and Burrowes cleverly hides clues in plain sight that indicate Colin's mentor will become his enemy. But the romance lacks emotional friction between the leads, and no amount of purple prose about Anwen's pink flesh can make up for its absence.
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel in the Windham Bride Series. Grace Burrowes has an amazing talent for describing London’s Aristocrat Lifestyle with razor sharp detail, and wit.
Military life was what Captain Colin MacHugh, was accustomed to, not his new life as a titled gentleman. As far as Lord Colin MacHugh was concerned, living as a respected gentleman in polite society should come with a rule book. At first, Colin was grateful for Winthrop Montague’s friendship, influence, and guidance, regarding the proper behavior befitting a titled gentleman. But that was before Colin was the target of a very expensive, mean-spirited escapade. But, when this prank didn’t yield the desired humiliation that Winthrop Montague had counted on, things got ugly.
Anwen Windham loved spending her days at the orphanage. Twelve rascal orphan boys had stolen her heart, especially the four older ones; and they looked up to Miss Anwen as if she were their angel. Lord Colin took a position on the orphanage’s board of directors, partly because he was interested in helping the boys, but mostly because the orphanage was one of Anwen Windham’s passions. Everyone considered Anwen quiet and unassuming; Colin knew better. Anwen Windham was a fireball, and he very much wanted to know all about her.
Ordinarily, it wouldn’t take much of a push to send Colin back to Scotland. He missed his homeland something fierce. But, Colin had ties to London, which he needed to see through first. He also wanted to teach his English gentlemen friends a lesson or two before he left. They didn’t know, that he too, could be, cunning, cold, and calculating. Colin would take his revenge, though, only in a proper titled gentleman way, of course.
If you love Regency Romance, you’ll enjoy Too Scot to Handle.
Thank you, Forever-Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy
Not the best of the bunch
I’ve read almost all of Grace Burrowes published books, but this is the first one I struggled to get through. The “bad guy” were just a little too blatant and predictable to the point I could barely read through those scenes. The ending was very satisfying, however. The next two books in this series are much better reads!