A Title to Make You Groan

`it's getting scot in here (wild wicked highlanders, #1) by suzanne enoch

Ignore He-Man for a moment and take a look at the title. Puns are (in my view!) unfortunately popular in historical romance – e.g. Earls Just Want to Have Fun and Cloudy With A Chance Of Marriage – but I think this one has to go on the shortlist for most cringeworthy!

It’s Getting Scot in Here, the first book in Suzanne Enoch’s Wild Wicked Highlanders series is due out on the 26th of this month.

It’s Getting Scot in Here (Wild Wicked Highlanders, #1) by Suzanne Enoch

Marry or lose their estate; that’s the devil’s bargain he and his brothers must follow. But wild Highlander Niall MacTaggert’s stubborn oldest brother wants nothing to do with marrying the sophisticated, pinky-out Lady Amelia-Rose his mother has chosen for him, even to save their land. Niall’s only goal is to soften up the London socialite, and show his brother the warm beauty behind the shiny, polished front. But what Niall doesn’t expect to find is the woman of his dreams…

The Week: 4th – 10th August

Russian Peace VP

I didn’t mean to only cover historical books this week, but it happened! I actually only read historical books, too. Four from the same publisher (all with early November release dates – and how scary is that?!). They ranged from not so good to very promising, but I haven’t quite finished two of them yet.

My thoughts on the premiere episode of Outlander

Outlander Episode One Jamie and Claire Sonya Heaney

My review of Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

My review of Scandalous Summer Nights

Scandalous Summer Nights

My review of Rogue in Red Velvet by Lynne Connolly

Rogue in Red Velvet (The Emperors of London, #1) by Lynne Connolly

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

A ROGUE FOR EVERY LADY

London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that…until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…

THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN

Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk… in Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch

This title makes me shudder with embarrassment. Generally a lot of research and effort goes into the creation of historical romance, and the titles (and covers!) just cheapen the whole experience.

I did enjoy many things about this book, and am glad I had the opportunity to read a review copy, as I can’t see myself being attracted to this book’s packaging in a shop.

One thing is for certain, however: this rogue sure does have a brogue! If you don’t like Scottish accents written phonetically, this book might just send you to the loony bin. Sentences like these are commonplace from start to finish, and after a while they were making me irrationally angry:

“What are ye talking aboot, lass?”

“It matches yer eyes and brings oot the red in yer hair.”

I hate accents being written out phonetically. Everyone has an accent, and there is no one “correct” accent. We know the guy is Scottish, but there’s no more need to write his speech that way than there is for an American or a Kiwi or anybody from anywhere.

I do like the way this author constructs scenes and I like her characters. She’s obviously very good at what she does, and she makes her scenes a lot of fun. Even when treading extremely common ground (Regency balls, for example), she holds your interest. I’ve never read anything by her before (craziness, I know!), and now I’m wondering why I waited.

HOWEVER…

I don’t think I’ll pursue any more of her books featuring Scottish characters. My sanity won’t stand for it.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.