It’s DISCUSSION time!!
Today’s topic is all about Wild Wicked Highlanders, book 2, Scot Under the Covers!
We got lots of interesting tidbits below, like kiss-marry-kill, cat nipples, and termites! But, before you dive in, please take a gander at the discussion for book one, so as not to be confused. 🙂
Also, please remember, discussions are no holds barred, so take note of that red alert below. There will be spoilers.
*Please note, as this is a discussion there are potential spoilers below. Beware.
Scot Under the Covers
by Suzanne Enoch
Wild Wicked Highlanders #2
St. Martin’s Paperbacks
January 28, 2020
About the Book:
When a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, 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.
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…
What were your expectations coming into the book? For me, I started reading a little bit bummed out because I was really hoping for Jane and Aden. I’m not sure why I wanted that, because it wasn’t long ago I’d said in a review that I wish authors would stop setting up the next romance in the previous book…. I guess I just really liked Jane.
I really expected to find another ensemble cast book, you know? The first was so rich with mini-stories about various characters.
Okay, yes, I was expecting more Jane and more history on Angus/Franny!
Ensemble cast, yes! I love books like that. On the other hand, I do like being surprised by a pairing I didn’t expect. I guess my issue was more that I didn’t even know who Miranda was before starting. Luckily Suzanne Enoch was able to sell me on her. Mostly because when I read romance, especially historical, I feel like the authors spends a lot of time telling us the heroine is “fiesty”, but I actually felt it with Miranda.
Agreed!! Whatever the last book I reviewed (The UGH Chatwyn one) was a perfect example of an author just saying the heroine was strong, when her actions proved she really wasn’t. In spite of how much I missed all the little side stories – I really loved Miranda. And I loved all the juicy turmoil she brought out of Aden.
LOL! I love that you can’t remember the name of the book. It’s just the “UGH Chatwyn” book. Anyway, Miranda, yes. She brought out turmoil, and she also tethered him in a really great way.
Hmmm, okay… let’s change it up. Aden, Neill, or Coll = Kiss/Marry/Friendship
Depends on what for, really. Niall for the romance, Aden if I want some hot banter and Coll if it needs to be hot ‘n heavy.
Niiiiice! I’d be Aden for the romance/marriage, Coll for the kissing, and more. Leaving Niall for the friendship.
I guess, since we haven’t had a chance to really dive into Coll as a character, because he’s last, he seems like a hot head, which would be nice in bed. Niall was sweet, but not my type. So, right now I’d say Aden is my favorite. He stuck out to me from the beginning.
I could be wrong, but I’m thinking Coll is going to be my brother. Because. Reasons.
Speaking of brothers, didn’t it feel like there was more of a brotherly connection in It’s Getting Scot in Here? Like Aden and Coll had more play in Neill’s book. While I understand that Aden was the “lone wolf” brother, I still would have liked to see more brotherly interaction in this book too.
Hell, any interactions. I mean, it felt like all the lovely little backstories disappeared in this one.
Bringing it back around to your ensemble critique, we did definitely get less about the past and what happened between Francesca and Angus. In It’s Getting Scot in Here, the little snippets we got from their past was one of my favorite parts. I really missed it.
Uhm, nonexistent is certainly less. I wasn’t too thrilled with how two of my favorite female characters sort of poofed away in this book. WHERE IS MY JANE?!?!?
Do you think we’ll ever find out what really happened when Francesca left Scotland?
I hope so. I’m thinking that would all work weaved into the next book, as I can’t imagine why there would be a fourth to wrap up Francesca/Angus and get Eloise married to that dickweasel, Matthew.
Ugh, I’ll be so mad if I’m forced through Matthew and Eloise, only to finally get the truth between their parents! Matthew is a dick who doesn’t deserve Eloise!!!!
Totally a dick! That whole ‘oopsie poopsie, I’m just a growing boy who didn’t know better’ thing pissed me off. I’d much rather have seen that engagement end completely! If he’s willing to sell his sister to save his ass, what chance would Eloise or future children have?
“Sorry kids, it’s medical experiments for the lot of you. Papa’s gambling habit isn’t his fault.”
Hell YES! The idea that he was okay selling off his own sister completely ruined his character for me. He didn’t even try until Aden flew in to rescue them. He was just going to let his sister ruin her life to save his. He’s a fucking termite.
Even though I admitted Miranda was fantastic, and I was happy with her introduction, I still find just a smidge of confusion over who the hell Persephone is. Where in the heck does she come from, and why does she get Coll?
I’ll tell you who it isn’t: JANE! After all the back and forth in the first book, Jane needed to be paired up with one of the three brothers. Persephone better win MY damned heart, too.
We can’t end this without the really big question: Coll’s horse, Nucknuvee?? This should make you happy, right?
YES!! Finally a romantic lead’s horse name that doesn’t sound like a lord of the goddamned underworld.
Still not quite as awesome as Laird Coll riding his horse Snowblossom… but I guess it’ll do. 😉
And we’ll always have cat nipples.
A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne
Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special
place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than forty
Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New
York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book,
Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies
in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.
Some of Suzanne’s books include Barefoot In The Dark, I’ts Getting Scot in Here, Lady Whistledown Stirkes Back and The Legend of Nimway Hall.