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.
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.