How to Seduce a Scot (Broadswords and Ballrooms #1)
by Christy English
He’s the terror of the ton...
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.
“Catherine, you can’t climb rope ladders,” was all Alex could think to say.
She turned to face him then, her sweet face pink with the effort of her descent. She smiled as bright as a summer sunrise, clearly delighted with herself. It would seem that not only young men had a taste for danger. He prayed to the Blessed Mother to rein in his tongue so that he would not offend her.
“Indeed I can, Mr. Waters. And indeed I shall, if I so choose. I enjoy a bit of a climb, I find. Who knew?”
How to Seduce a Scot was my first read by Christy English and while it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I actually really enjoyed it. There were a few things that would have bothered me, had I been reading a different book, but it all made sense in this one.
Ever since Catherine's father died a few years ago she's had to step up and help her mother and now that their money has dwindled away, she has to marry a man that can take care of her and her family. It's her first and only London Season and Alex was definitely not part of the plan.
Alex and his brother have come to London to get their wild sister married off. He has big plans to have his sister married so he can get back to the Highlands and to his beloved boat... Love and marriage is definitely not on his agenda... But there's something about Catherine that he just can't seem to walk away from.
I loved the connection that Alex and Catherine had from the get-go. Alex is older (25, I believe) and more familiar with the ways of the world and Catherine is younger (18) and is definitely naive when it comes to some things but she's had to grow up faster than most so she's a pretty good match for Alex. At first she comes off as prim and proper, or at least that's how she's trying to come off, but in the presence of Alex and his sister she starts to open up and you can see her wild streak shine through.
There was definitely some push and pull on Alex's part which made the romance drag a bit but like I said, it just works in this one for some reason. Catherine is determined to marry and if Alex won't marry her then she'll settle for someone that will... Which made Alex step up in the long run and decide that he just couldn't let her go.
Overall, this was a fun, if a bit slow at times, read and I enjoyed it enough to check out the next book in the series.
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.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of How to Seduce a Scot through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.