Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - - Scot Under the Covers

Scot Under the Covers
by Suzanne Enoch
The Wild Wicked Highlanders - Book 2
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: January 28, 2020
Reviewed by PJ

In Scot Under the Covers, a resourceful English lady and a hot-blooded Highlander join forces to trick a scoundrel, and 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. . .

PJ's Thoughts:

I am having so much fun with this new series by Suzanne Enoch. Following on the heels of book one, It's Getting Scot in Here, Niall and Amy's story, Scot Under the Covers brings middle brother, Aden into the spotlight. Readers met Aden in book one but he's still a bit of a mystery when his book begins so I came into this story with an open mind about both him and his heroine, Miranda.

The story begins a bit slow but takes off once Miranda approaches Aden, a man she neither likes nor respects, for help in foiling the villainous man who holds the future of Miranda's family, and especially Miranda, herself, in his hands. Knowing Aden gambles, she figures he's cut from the same cloth as the man threatening her. As she comes to learn, that's not the case. From that point on, we're treated to plenty of witty banter, sizzling chemistry, matching of wills, and, a gradual deepening of emotion as Miranda and Aden slowly lower their guards and open themselves to one another...and the reader.  

Aden is so much more than what he's allowed people to see. He made me smile, sigh, and cheer him on every step of the way. By the end of the book, I was thoroughly invested in him and his future happiness. I love how much he respects Miranda's intelligence and her abilities, how he treats her as a partner (even while trying to keep her safe), both in their attempts to take down a villain and when they finally come together in the bedroom. Miranda is someone I'd enjoy being friends with. I appreciated the growth of her character throughout the book, admired her ability to admit she was wrong about Aden, cheered her on when she took control of her life, both in standing up to those threatening her happiness and, again, when she made the decision to take control of her body, her future, and her relationship with Aden.  

Enoch also brings wonderful humor to this book, much of it intertwined with secondary characters such as Smythe, the stuffy English butler, Rory, the well-dressed, stuffed deer the brothers brought with them from the Highlands and installed in their mother's home, Brogan, the dog Aden rescues that he insists is a male (she's not) and insists followed them all the way from the Highlands (she didn't), and, surprisingly, eldest brother, Coll. I'm now eagerly anticipating his book and excited to find out what Enoch has planned for him. 

Another secondary character who has appeared in both books is Miranda's younger brother (the one who put her in danger). I don't know what Enoch has planned for Matthew, who is betrothed to Eloise, the younger sister of Aden, Niall, and Coll, but I'm not nearly ready to forgive him for his actions in Scot Under the Covers. He took baby steps at the end of this book but he's going to have to do some major growing, and groveling, before I'm ready to accept him as Eloise's husband. 


  1. I really enjoyed book 1 and look forward to reading Aden's story. Thanks for the great review.
    Carol Luciano

  2. I really enjoy any book that Suzanne writes.

    1. I hadn't read her in a while but I sure am enjoying this new series.

  3. I agree with everything you said about this book. I fell in love with Aden. I admired Miranda but would have liked it a wee bit better if she had given Aden a chance to show who he was rather than telling him what a bad guy he is without even knowing him. But, that is minor. I really enjoyed this book and I hope lots of people will read it and enjoy it as much as you and I have.

    1. I agree with you on Miranda but I also think coming to know and accept him for who he is was part of her growth.

  4. I had the pleasure of getting an ARC of this book. Your review is spot on. Aden is all about the family. He has a wicked sense of humor. Total opposite of Miranda and yet he sees her for who she really is. Love Brogan! I can't wait to read Coll's book.

    1. I am so excited for Coll's book now and I couldn't say that after book one. ;-)

  5. I loved this story--read an ARC.


  6. Sounds like a series I would enjoy!

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