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A Scot to the Heart: Desperately Seeking Duke Kindle Edition
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"Everything I want in a book!"
-- "Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series"
--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Caroline Linden is the author of smart, sexy historical romances, including the Reece Family series, the Truth about the Duke series, and What a Woman Needs. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWAs RITA® Award and have been translated into seventeen languages.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B086JYFW98
- Publisher : Avon (June 29, 2021)
- Publication date : June 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4109 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,758 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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He returns home and spends his first night with his friends, they go out for dinner and that is when he meets and dances with an amazing woman. They share a moment and she kisses him before leaving him stunned and smitten. The next day Drew learns that his mystery woman is his sister’s dear, widowed friend. He knows Ilsa Ramsay is not duchess material, but he cannot stop thinking about her. He spends time with her and begins to wonder if he will be able to walk away. In an effort to decide, he invites her to join his family when they visit Stormont Palace.
Ilsa thought she was done with marriage, after marrying the man her father chose and enduring a cold marriage and then a horrific scandal when her husband was killed in a duel, she thinks she will be happier as a widow. But meeting Drew makes her wonder if maybe marriage with the right man could bring the joy she has been trying to find. The time they spend at Stormont Palace confirms their feelings and when they return he makes it clear that he wants to court her. But their return to Edinburgh is plagued with one problem after another, problems Ilsa is sure will destroy any chance for HEA.
This was a well-written, interesting, nicely paced read. I loved Drew, he was such a great hero, and even though he was not perfect, he gave his all for those he loved. The book held my attention from the first page to the last, it was filled with wonderful characters, a little bit of mystery, some warm love scenes, a couple of surprising twists, including a whammy at the end that may change everything for our lovers as they start their HEA. There was also the hint of a secondary romance featuring Drew’s sister Agnes and his friend Felix that will be followed up in the novella: How the Scot was Won which is releasing a week after this book!! I enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it, and while it is the second book in the series, it could easily be read as a standalone title.
The hero of book one, Maximilian St. James, is second in line after the hero of this book, Andrew St. James. We had Max's okay story first, followed now by his cousin Andrew's okay-ish story. Scottish Andrew was a captain in the English army when he learned about his possible inheritance. So now he is to learn how to behave in the respectable ways becoming a duke of the realm. And, of course, to marry a respectable woman worthy of becoming a duchess someday.
Oh, of course, we know it's that "respectable" thing which is going to be our hero's downfall. Because his love interest here is Ilsa Ramsay, Scottish, a widow, and, apparently, after a repressive life first as daughter and then as wife, now wants to cut loose a wee bit.
We are told how amazing and exciting she is. Yeah, maybe. She does like to dance, wander the streets with a pet pony, and paint her ceilings and walls with outdoor scenes, not to mention--horror!--she doesn't want drapes in the room. That's as adventurous and exciting as she came across to me.
Anyway, Andrew is a very nice guy, great to his mother and sisters. He falls quickly for Ilsa, she falls for him. Good enough, but then there's the inevitable "I'm not what you need in a wife" followed by a contrived situation that makes sure we all think she may not be what he needs.
But Andrew is true and loyal and unwavering in his devotion and I got so bored out of my gourd reading this and now am bored again as I'm writing about it. So let's just say blah, blah, blah...
All's well that ends well. And the writing is okay. I don't think there was even a grating lie/lay confusion that jumped out at me. Guess I'll go with 2.5 stars rounded to 3. Linden didn't make me preorder this or read it.