Hit Me With Your Best Scot
by Suzanne Enoch
The Wild Wicked Highlanders - Book 3
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Reviewed by PJ
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Coll MacTaggert, Viscount Glendarril, is a big, brawny Highlander who doesn’t like being told what to do—not even by his exasperated English mother who is determined to see her eldest son wedded and bedded. However, when he comes to the rescue of an irresistibly beautiful woman, Coll discovers that he may have found his perfect match…
The challenge isn’t that Persephone Jones is famous, wealthy, independent, and smarter than anyone he knows.The problem is that she isn't interested in marrying any man—especially not a hot-headed Scot—even if he is the only man who seems to understand who she really is even when she’s not sure herself. When Coll learns that Persephone is actually a lady-in-hiding and someone is willing to kill her for what she stands to inherit…Well, Coll has never been one to turn down a fight. When hearts are involved, nothing comes between a Highlander and his lady.
You know how sometimes you read a book that hits all of your happy buttons, to the point where it feels like the author wrote the story just for you? That's exactly how I feel about Suzanne Enoch's Hit Me With Your Best Scot. I read an advance copy of the book a few months ago and couldn't put it down. Coll, Persephone, and their journey made me so happy. I smiled, I sighed, I laughed out loud. I cheered so darn hard for these two. Last night, I went back to the beginning of the book, intending to skim key points before writing this review. I wasn't even to the end of the first chapter before I was once again fully immersed in the story. Forget skimming; I savored every delicious word before sighing with delight while turning the final page somewhere around 3:00 AM this morning. So good.
I'll admit I wasn't a big Coll fan in the first two books but his character isn't really fleshed out until he steps into the spotlight in his own story. I love how, with Persephone, he's able to be his true self rather than playing the role that fulfills the perceptions of London society. He's much more intelligent, and complex, than he first appears and Enoch uses skill and subtlety in unveiling those layers to the reader through his interactions with Persephone. He flat-out stole my heart and ended up being my favorite brother.
Persephone is not your usual regency heroine. I adored her intelligence, her confidence, her kindness, and her determination to chart her own course. I loved her fierce protection of Coll, as important as his own of her. I enjoyed that Enoch tempered her independence and strength with vulnerability and tenderness, and that Coll appreciated and respected both. I thoroughly enjoyed her sexual agency, the sensual chemistry she shares with Coll, and the unexpected depth of joy they discover together.
There's a strong family dynamic at the core of the books in this trilogy that deepened my investment in all of the couples. Enoch is so good at creating realistic relationships between siblings and this one is spot on with snappy dialogue among the three brothers that is a highlight of all three books. I love that they fight, and tease, but always have one another's backs, without question. I enjoyed them immensely.
While Hit Me With Your Best Scot is the third book in the series, it can absolutely be read on its own. However, as all of the siblings weave in and out of each other's books and their fractured relationship with their mother evolves throughout the series, I do think your enjoyment of the characters, and their stories, will be richer if the books are read in order.