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All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, 2) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2020
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"Hot romance and tantalizing intrigue...Readers will be delighted." - Publishers Weekly starred review on All Scot and Bothered
"Will ensnare readers with its soul-searing, richly sensual love story, expertly spiced with just the right dash of dry wit and generous measure of thrilling danger." - Booklist starred review on All Scot and Bothered
"Byrne crafts a smoldering romance that combines an enticing, well-matched couple with an original storyline about the underbelly of Victorian society that keeps the readers guessing." - Library Journal
"[Tantalizes] readers with the couple’s teasing and building passion." - Publishers Weekly on How To Love A Duke in Ten Days
"...Byrne’s writing comes to vivid life on the page, plopping you in the middle of piratical scheming with such verve you’ll swear you can feel the sea spray on your face. ...Byrne weaves in such undeniable thrills and a sweeping sense of all-consuming passion that you may just end up falling for the story against your better judgment." ― Entertainment Weekly on The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo
"Another winner in a stellar series." ― Library Journal starred review on The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo
"Everything about this deliciously dark and dangerous historical romance is done to perfection." ― Booklist starred review on The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo
"Readers who feel guilty about craving the thrill of a Victorian bodice-ripper will appreciate the moral reassurance of Byrne’s sensitive characterizations." ― Publishers Weekly Starred Review on The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo
About the Author
Kerrigan Byrne has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she's finally able to have the career she'd decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to "grow up to be a romance novelist." Whether she's writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.
Kerrigan lives with her husband on the coast of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula in a Victorian-era town almost frozen in time. When she's not writing, you might find her on the beach with her dogs, lounging at a local vineyard or brewery, or buying things she doesn't need at antique stores.
Her novels with St. Martin's Press include the Victorian Rebels series (starting with The Highwayman) and Devil You Know series (which begins with How To Love A Duke in Ten Days).
- Publisher : St. Martin's Paperbacks (September 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250318866
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250318862
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.24 x 1.07 x 6.96 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #106,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some of my very favourite stories have given me a hero that I vow to never fall in love with… until, of course I do. Then, I’m questioning how I could have ever doubted my eternal love and even on re-reads chortle at my initial doubts. What rage I felt at our introduction when he brings a tear to my eye with his thoughtless comments, turns into *Oh, the poor man is so misunderstood…* In All Scot and Bothered, Cassius had me swinging from rage, to confusion, to sympathy. The poor man just needed someone to love.
I think the main reason I love a story with a hero that I grow to love, is that it shows a man with imperfections. Hubby broke a beer bottle last night because he was trying to carry 3 bottles at once. While I was a little frustrated when it happened, it was a nice reminder that Hubby is not perfect. That man can be an absolute pain in the butt with all his sweet and thoughtful ways. He cooks, he cleans, he parents well, AND he’s also a loving husband. So bloody frustrating. I cook when I absolutely must, I clean at a surface level, I parent my boys, AND I love hubby, but he just makes it look so easy. Dropping that bottle of beer just brings him down from bloody perfect to slightly imperfect.
Cassius Gerard Ramsay takes pride in being right and just and a man without fault. If only he could fit through doors with that big head of his. OK, I’m probably being a bit harsh, he thinks he has a few faults. This man with few faults, suddenly finds a woman who makes him feel like a hormone-driven, bumbling fool and messes with his perfectly structured world. If he’s not careful, he may even start thinking that his perfect world is not so perfect without her playing havoc in it.
Cecilia is a Red Rogue and proud of it. From a harsh and unloving childhood, finding her two red-headed friends couldn’t have happened at a better time. These three friends formed a bond that meant the sharing of secrets and having each other’s back at the worst of times. Cecilia is a smart and strong woman in her own right, but knowing she always has a Red Rogue to support her, makes her stronger. One of the best things about Cecilia is her big heart. Even with her terrible upbringing, it never made her want to share her misfortunes. If anything, it made her even more sweet and caring.
What I found exceptionally well done in All Scot and Bothered, is the way Kerrigan Byrne dealt with body image. Cassius is an extremely large man and find Cecilia’s tall, curvy, and strong body perfect and very appealing. Instead of Cecilia’s character being all about her weight, she is extremely intelligent, spectacle wearing, and mostly comfortable in her skin. Again, I find myself a little picky when it comes to curvy characters. I don’t want it to be ALL about their size but I don’t want it to be completely ignored either. Lust, desire, and attraction are an individual thing. No one is the same and what one might find attractive, another might find unattractive.
Cassius and Cecilia are a perfect match…once you get past the insults, awkward misunderstandings, and bombs exploding. All Scot and Bothered was a story that gripped me from the first page to the last. While Cassius took a wee bit of time to love, with more understanding of his history, it was hard not to love him by the end. Cecilia was a warm, intelligent, and giving person who was always concerned for the wellbeing of others. When Cecilia’s life is in danger, Cassius puts aside all of his preconceived ideas and judgements to protect her. Their time together forces them to face their attraction to each other and deal with their pasts that has shaped their lives up until now. Like all successful couples, they must learn to communicate, make sacrifices and trust each other.
I loved this fast-paced, emotional, and sexy story, with characters that came to life for me. The additional characters were well developed, and I came to love a few of them and hope to see them more in the future. Cassius and Cecilia were strong characters that did have their vulnerabilities. While they originally believed that change was the only way they would work, it’s soon obvious, that changing each other could destroy what they have come to love.
It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of Kerrigan Byrne’s words. Her stories take me from the lowest of lows, with tears, and sniffles galore, to the highest of highs, with my heart bursting, and smiles and sighs of delight. All Scot and Bothered ticked all my boxes and left me extremely satisfied. I can’t wait for more in the Devil You Know series.
Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Cecelia was taught at a young age to not be afraid of what she wants. Her horrible father was trying to break her in the beginning but after Cecelia was rescued, she started on a path of knowledge, friendship and enjoying life itself. I loved seeing a heroine with a curvaceous body type. Cecelia is trying to enjoy life and what it has to offer alongside her friends.
Ramsay is all about his work. He is the Lord Chief Justice and works all day and doesn’t really have a solid family besides his brother, Duke of Redmayne. He doesn’t indulge and doesn’t really enjoy life. Also doesn’t trust women. So when Ramsay and Cecelia butt heads you can see a brewing tension between these opposites. I loved seeing their romance come to life. They are opposites but compliment each other well.
Okay, so, I’m all for a complex plot. I love them but I also felt like there are so unanswered questions. I totally understand the majority of the plot and the secret codex and what Cecelia was trying to decipher but also felt the Crimson Council hasn’t met their end just yet. Maybe more in the next book? I had a feeling of who the “bad guy” was and was wrong so I will say it wasn’t a super predictable story in the end. There were also times when my heart was racing then slower times to give the characters time to breathe. It really wasn’t a bad plot but I’m pretty sure I have some unanswered questions.
I can’t forget to mention Jean-Yves and Phoebe. Jean-Yves has been a long friend and companion to Cecelia. He has been the father she so very much needed. Then there is Phoebe, a new addition to Cecelia’s life. She is an adorable and curious child and I hope we see more of her.
I’m so excited about Francesca’s book. Can’t wait for her to get her revenge and hopefully a happily ever after.
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The perfect combination of angst and romance. I loved the heroine, loved her kindness. The hero is an absolute alpha.
I read this book in one sitting and that says it all.
So old like to have seen what happened with the villains/Crimson Council - I’m sure the higher powers would not just let this couple have their HEA and would hunt for the book - guess that’s the next book.
Woran es dieser Geschichte im Gegensatz zu seinem Vorgänger ein kleines Bisschen "mangelt", wenn man diesen Terminus denn gerne verwenden möchte, ist vielleicht die absolut greifbare Anziehung von Held und Heldin, die man hier nicht unbedingt von den Seiten des Buches pflücken kann. Dies ist allerdings nicht einem Unvermögen der Autorin geschuldet, sondern den sehr unterschiedlich gestalteten Helden (und hier glänzt Byrne dann auch einfach, in schillernden Figuren, die gestochen scharf gezeichnet sind und so ein unvergleichlich vielfältiges Universum ausmachen, in dem sich nichts wiederholt). Ramsay ist eben über weite Teile des Buches sehr kühl und unnahbar gezeichnet, was schwer auszugleichen ist mit Wärme und Sensibilität auf der Seite der Heldin, wenn man sie nicht naiv und treudoof erscheinen lassen möchte (was Byrne ihren Heldinnen niemals nie antut) sondern stark im gleichen Maße wie gut (was Byrne einfach immer tut, wofür ich sie liebe).
An dieser Stelle also wie immer meine Empfehlung wenn es um Byrnsche Bücher geht: Ihre Geschichten sind nicht für jedermann. Jemand der naiv romantisierte Geschichten mit süßen Charakteren und sauberen Gedanken sucht, die rein gar nichts mit echtem Menschlichen Sehnen oder echten menschlichen Abgründen zu tun haben, sondern mit idealisiertem Gutmenschentum das niemand wirklich erreichen kann (zumindest nicht, ohne den ein oder anderen "naughty" Fun zu verpassen) ist zwischen den Seiten dieses Buches falsch.
All jenen die entstaubte Reisen in die Vergangenheit mit historischem Flair, starke Heldinnen nach denen man seine Töchter benennen möchte, maskuline Helden, die ihre Maskulinität nicht dadurch beweisen das sie Frauen klein machen, und ganz viel "naugthy" Action mögen, weil wir uns eben im Jahr 2020 befinden, in dem es kein züchtiges Verstümmeln von menschlichen Sehnsüchten in "männliche" und "weibliche" gibt, gepaart mit absolut hochkarätigem Erzählstil, der ist hier goldrichtig und sollte sich häuslich einrichten.