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Wild Wicked Scot

Wild Wicked Scot

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by Julia London

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Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn't belong in a Scottish chieftain's devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn't looked back—except to relive the moments


Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn't belong in a Scottish chieftain's devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn't looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie's passionate embrace. But as their respective countries' fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.

Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran's beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there's nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/17/2016
Veteran author London entices readers with the first Highland Grooms novel, set in England and Scotland at the beginning of the 18th century. After being bartered in marriage to Scottish laird Arran Mackenzie, Englishwoman Margot Armstrong is not happy with her new home in the Scottish Highlands. She returns to England after just a few months of marriage, believing that her husband is happy to see her go. But three years later, her father forces her to return to Scotland to get back into Arran’s confidences and secretly test his loyalty to Queen Anne. Arran makes it clear to Margot that though he may still desire her, he hasn’t forgiven her for her desertion, and he wonders at the real reason for her return. Their passion sizzles and Arran sees that Margot is doing her best to make amends, and as they each reveal their innermost feelings, they learn that there may be more to their relationship than their physical attraction. But Margot’s duplicity may destroy any chance for their happiness. Expert storytelling and believable characters make the romance between Arran and Margot come alive in this compelling novel packed with characters whom readers will be sad to leave behind. (Jan.)
From the Publisher
"London's new Highland Grooms series will be well worth following if this first novel is any indication; she achieves something very difficult in a genre that often follows a formula-a suspenseful plot with an unpredictable conclusion." - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews on Wild Wicked Scot

"Expert storytelling and believable characters make the romance between Arran and Margot come alive in this compelling novel packed with characters whom readers will be sad to leave behind." -Starred Review, Publishers Weekly on Wild Wicked Scot

"This absorbing and passionate romance bodes well for future Highland Grooms titles." -Starred Review, Booklist on Wild Wicked Scot

"London's well-honed storytelling skills carry the day."
-Publishers Weekly on The Scoundrel and the Debutante

"London's writing bubbles with high emotion as she describes sexual enthusiasm, personal grief and familial warmth. Her blend of playful humor and sincerity imbues her heroines with incredible appeal, and readers will delight as their unconventional tactics create rambling paths to happiness."
-Publishers Weekly on The Devil Takes a Bride

"This tale of scandal and passion is perfect for readers who like to see bad girls win, but still love the feeling of a society romance, and London nicely sets up future books starring Honor's sisters."
-Publishers Weekly on The Trouble with Honor

"London's engaging series is recommended for all romance collections."
-Library Journal on The Scoundrel and the Debutante

"A delectably sexy hero, an unconventionally savvy heroine, and a completely improper business proposal add up to another winner for ever-versatile London."
-Booklist on The Trouble with Honor

Kirkus Reviews
★ 2016-10-11
A young woman must choose between loyalty to her father and loyalty to her husband, but she decides not to be a pawn in men’s power games anymore.Miss Margot Armstrong was just a boy-crazy teenager when her father announced his intention to marry her off to the Scottish Chieftan, Arran Mackenzie. Both Arran and her father would gain political influence from the alliance, and nothing Margot said could sway her father. After all, as Margot knew all too well, “women existed to be bedded and impregnated.” But after a few disastrous months as Arran’s wife, living on his isolated estate with no one but his unfriendly clan for company, Margot fled back to her father’s estate in the north of England. She spent three empty years going to parties and gambling until the political machinery of the early 18th century churned again, and once again Margot was caught in the middle. Her father ordered her back to Scotland, this time to determine whether Arran was plotting against the English crown. But instead of the indifferent husband she expected to find there, Margot soon realized that Arran was just as confused about their union as she was, just as much a victim of her father’s political machinations. London’s (Suddenly Dating, 2016, etc.) new Highland Grooms series will be well worth following if this first novel is any indication; she achieves something very difficult in a genre that often follows a formula—a suspenseful plot with an unpredictable conclusion. Both Margot and Arran grow as people during the course of the story and learn to build a marriage on something more than noble titles and valuable land. An absorbing read from a novelist at the top of her game.

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Highland Grooms Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.

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Wild Wicked Scot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
gypsydi72 7 days ago
The newest trilogy from Julia London begins with her story of Margot and Arran. Margot is the estranged husband of Laird Arran Mackenzie. Margot and Arran's courtship never really happened. It was a political alliance that her father told her she must uphold. Margot being young, just barely eighteen when they were married thought her world had ended when she was wed and taken from English society to the highlands. Spoiled and ungrateful she loathes the life she feels she has been sentenced to in Scotland. She feels that she is all alone, and the only time she feels at ease is when it is just her and Arran. Arran does not know what to do with his young wife. She cries all the time, and when she is not crying she is arguing or demanding something he cannot give. But for all the aggravation she represents he finds himself falling for his unhappy bride. When she leaves him shortly after their marriage and returns home he is heartbroken. Now over 3 years later she has returned under the ruse of wanting to reconcile. But Arran doesn't trust her and refuses to let her hurt him again. Margot has spent her life being a pawn for the men in her life. She has returned to her husband to save her family from ruin. While there is no way she thinks he is a traitor to the crown, she must find proof one way or the other. But she has a hard way to go, Arran has not forgotten that she left him. While trying to patch up the relationship and get closer to Arran, she finds herself falling for her husband. She is ashamed of her behavior when she first came to the highlands and tries desperately to prove that she has changed. When he husband is backed into a corner to prove his loyalty, she now finds herself desperate to save him even though his situation is due to her family. Great start to this series. Love that we can see the growth for Margot throughout the book. I cannot wait to read the next in the series.
KahlanMercy 9 days ago
Highland Grooms Book One When Margot is forced into an arranged marriage with a wild Scotsman, she cannot reconcile herself with her current reality. Arran tries to give her what she wants, even when neither of them know what that is. Margot leaves Arran only to return three years after ripping his heart out. He knows that she must have an ulterior motive, but she is still just as tempting as she was before. When rumors drift to him about traitors to both England and Scotland, he is shocked to realize they are both about him. How could one man possibly deal with all of this? If you're looking for a romantic story with a realistic look at the arranged marriage, this is definitely the book for you!
Anonymous 9 days ago
What exciting characters and plot
Sassybraz 9 days ago
I love Julia's return to Historical s! I really enjoyed this book. The chemistry between Margot and Arran was palpable, the tension leaped off the page. The plot was well written and remained true to the time period. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Robyn_Nichole 9 days ago
Wild Wicked Scot is the first book in the new series of Highland Grooms. It has been a while since I have read a historical novel, but this book wet my appetite for this genre again. Margot and Arran's story is full of tension and contempt for one another because they can't see past their own point of views and see the other side. Julia London is able to show us both sides and how if they only learned to trust and communicate with each other they would find their place together. Margot leaves her husband Arran for 3 years because she feels isolated in the Highlands without any of the comforts of home and friends. Arran lets her go because he feels like he can't be a good husband and make Margot happy. They are reunited when Margot returns to Balhaire supposedly to make their marriage work. Arran knows there is something else going on and Margot finds herself doubting her reasons for being there. The book let you get a glimpse at what life living in Scotland during the 1700's was like. I was able to picture the vivid green of the landscape and the cold blocks of the keep. I was routing for Margot and Arran to finally see past their bickering and find the love that is in their hearts. This books had everything I was looking for in a romance, adventure, mystery, and of course passion. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
gaele 12 days ago
A bit of an upside down in this story, as the reluctant heroine of this story is a very English and highly spoiled Margot, married for political and financial mobility by her father to Aaran, McKenzie, a Scottish chieftain with prospects was the first of her “coming to terms with her life” moments. And, while one could understand her dismay and recalcitrance, there was a point, fairly early on, where get over it already was foremost in my mind. But, I digress. Beautifully developed, we can see Margaret’s reasoning and struggles with the changes, and even the why of her anger. What doesn’t seem to make any impression whatsoever is Aaran’s obvious desire to make her life easier and better, and not make things more difficult or trying than they already were. Aaran is wonderfully alpha and protective of his wife and his clan, and his obvious regard (and desire for reciprocation) in an era when men are thought to be mostly oblivious to the needs of their wives, was a breath of fresh air. And of course they both have secrets – some more dangerous and life-altering than others. So - if I enjoyed Aaran and found reasons why Margot was such a pill – why can’t I love this book wholeheartedly? Simply put, the pacing and points of view. Both were struggles for me as repeated changes in point of view, and more jumps along a timeline to fit in a piece of story or history here, and another there left me with a rather hopscotched approach to the end. Big pieces missing that are filled in pages later with perspective or narration from another, or an inset from years previous to give insight into a moment in the present. I’m all for backstories and perspectives, but too many changes combined with an utter inability to see any growth for Margot in the first 70+% of the title left me wondering just WHY Aaran was working so hard for someone who, although we are told is bright, isn’t showing growth or recognition of her situation at present. It rankled. And I was actually non-plussed with the HEA, for Aaran worked far to hard for everything, and she did nothing but expect. The writing was solid, and descriptions were wonderfully placed, even as I had some feeling that dialogue and personalities were a bit too modern for the stated timeframe of the story. But, the story was unexpectedly easy to follow even with all the jumping about in POV and time, and was a quick read. Best suited for readers who want their heroines a bit more immature than the norm, and don’t mind being challenged with an unlikable heroine. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review. All conclusions are my own responsibility.
lttlelola 16 days ago
Just finished reading "Wild Wicked Scot" by Julia London. Im not really into historical romances. Let me start off saying that very few authors have given me as much of a..... (I guess enthralling is the right word lol...) Read. I was kinda bored with the beginning of the book to be honest. I thought "here we go. Another spoiled pride and prejudice winefest....which is sad since im on julias review crew... But hey im being honest. At first i thought. Wah wah. Then within a few pages. I realized omg. I like this. Margot Armstrong is a spoiled daughter of an English earl. Wrapped up only in her dresses and men. Her father being a typical money grubbing snake. Promised her to a scottish Laird. Who i am only going to say..... Can i move to scotland?? Lol They have a time of it. Misunderstanding each others cultures. Or i should say Margot not trying to understand the culture she was basically forced into. Fast forward three years later.... Im not giving it away. But for a girl who hates historicals i couldnt put this one down. Its out now. So i highly recommend you pick it up!
MSalmeron 17 days ago
Julia London is a fairly new to me author. The first book I read by her was a contemporary romance. I must say that she writes both contemporary and historical romances very well. My first love is historical romances. In my youth, I read as a way to escape from reality. Wild Wicked Scot transported me back to the highlands and kept me enthralled in the intrigue and drama surrounding the maturing relationship of Margot and Arran. I enjoyed this book so much that I ordered a paperback copy for my friend. This author is going on my short list of authors I’ll always read and recommend. I can’t wait for the next book. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.
KerryACroucier 19 days ago
One Wild Scot and One Spoiled English Girl equal one engrossing story Margot was a spoiled 18-year-old when her father forces her to marry Scottish Chieftan Arran Mackenzie soon after she meets him. Her new home in the Scottish Highlands is remote and an entirely different world to her. The rest of the clan does nothing to welcome her, as they distrust the English. Margot's thoughts of what she should be doing belong in an English home, not a Scottish castle, which further alienates her from her new clan. Four months after arriving she runs back to her father. Three years later, her father again forces her return to Scotland, with orders to prove or disprove rumors of Arran's treason. She has grown in the three years, but is it enough to start over? Arran is shocked when his wife returns, and he distrusts her completely, figuring there is a motive somewhere in her return. As they get to know each other, with the politics and distrust swirling, Margot starts to realize how truly unfair she was and that she behaved as a spoiled child when it came to her new home. Arran has to juggle the return of the wife who left him and the politics of the English and Scots. Once I started this novel, I really didn't want to put it down. Julia London weaves a strong and interesting story with well-defined characters. Margot evoked strong feelings in me, I didn't exactly feel sorry for her, but by the middle of the books, I was happier with her. London has developed strong and interesting characters, and the story-line kept me turning pages. I loved her descriptions of the settings, as well. This was a highly enjoyable historical romance and I look forward to more books in the Highland Grooms series.
Joana_Varela 19 days ago
I've received this book directly from the author, in exchange for this review. Wild Wicked Scot brings us a story of spoiled girl who can’t stand for herself and, to be truthful, doesn’t know what to do with her life. I mean, until she returns to her husband’s house, three years after she had left him. Margot is that kind of character that is hard to like, at least for some of the book. There’s a small evolution, but still, it’s too bad that she doesn’t trust Arran – I understand why she wouldn’t do it at the beginning, but the second he gave a chance to tell him, she should have taken it. Nevertheless, she manages to slowly redeem herself little by little, and at the end of the book is much stronger than she was at the beginning. Arran is amazing. He’s the perfect book boyfriend, from beginning to end. Everything he does is to please Margot and to help her to integrate her new home and he loves her deeply, trying his hard to please her. He feels so completely betrayed when she leaves him (and his male ego – maybe the only small thing against him – prevented him from following her). No wonder that, when she decides to pop up completely unannounced, he becomes suspicious of her. The whole book is about building trust, not only between the characters, but also the reader: we want what’s best for Arran and, for a while, we’re not completely sure if Margot really deserves him. But, as she begins to show that she’s no longer the childish girl she was when she married, we start to understand her a bit better and we want to give her a chance. The (small) mystery the book has ends up just being there to unite the lovers and it's a case of being “arrested for having a dog and not having a dog” (translation of a Portuguese expression which means you just couldn’t have it right, no matter what you would did). At the end of the day, all is resolved, with trust being regained, and a love growing harder and stronger. It was a book that only took me four days to read and it kept me hooked on it. A well spent time, with lots of romance, fighting for honour and a true love that is always worth fighting for.
grandmareads102 19 days ago
Margot Armstrong is forced to marry a Scottish chieftain to advance her family's fortunes. She's use to the etiquette of English society. She's young and inexperienced and doesn't know how to behave with her wild Scot and the Mackenzie clan. Arran is in love with his beautiful English buttercup, but he doesn't know how to make her happy. Their fights are filled with harsh words. Margot leaves her neglectful husband. Three year have passed when her father forces her to return as his spy. He wants to know if Arran is a traitor working against the English queen. Can she resist Arran and find happiness at Balhaire? Wild Wicked Scot is amazing. I loved the characters. I wasn't able to put this book down. I know that Arran and Margot are complete opposites, but their chemistry is amazing. They light up the page with the feisty interaction and their stubbornness. I wanted them to get the second chance at happiness that they deserve. The suspense ramps up when Arran is suspected of treason. Margot came into her own with her powerful response. She's a tiger as she fights for her man. I love her character. The Scottish Highlands are the perfect way to show how lost Margot is in this wilderness. Julia London has outdone herself with this story. I enjoyed this first book in The Highland Grooms series.
LindaC1 20 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The arranged marriage of Margot and Arran started out very rocky but years later, a matured Margot returns to Scotland with a purpose….and it's not to save her marriage. But the chemistry between these two characters leads her to just that. I like how both Arran and Margot learned from one another and grew to be the people that we actually liked and rooted for at the end. You won't be disappointed.
Historical_Romance_Lover 20 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this story. Adding to the storyline of a new marriage, was Margo trying to navigate a new culture. We see flashbacks of the beginning of Margo and Arran's marriage and it was not pretty. I'd have to say that during this time period, Margo was not very likable. She was very 'stuck' in her English ways and not willing to learn other ways to do things. That changes when she comes back into Arran life, she definitely made an effort to learn the Highland way of life. She was gone for three years and did a lot of maturing in that time. The 'new' Margot was much more enjoyable to read about. Add in the workings of a traitor and you have the perfect combination of romance and intrigue. This is one of the reasons I enjoy reading London's book so much. They are never 'just' a love story. There is always secondary or tertiary (is that even a thing in literature??) storylines going on that keep me coming back for each new book that she publishes. This is definitely a great start to a brand new series. I can't wait for the next book in the Highland Grooms series, Sinful Scottish Laird, to come out in February!
Rita0285 21 days ago
This is the first time I have read one of Julia's books. I really enjoyed this read. The characters were so real and believable I felt like I was there. I highly recommend this book.
Rainn2978 21 days ago
This book started a little slow for me (this is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5). At first I was slightly confused as to what was truly going on. I really didn't like Margot in the beginning as she seemed extremely childish and condescending. I was wrong. Once you get past the beginning there are twists and turns that make it well worth the read. I couldn't stop reading and didn't want it to end! So glad these two got their HEA and am hoping there will be more books about the connected characters! Excellant book! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
janeeyre01 21 days ago
Another great historical by Julia London. For me she always delivers great stories and great characters. You can never go wrong with a Wild Wicked Scot
Grottoes 21 days ago
I was delighted by this story. The characters were wonderfully drawn and the dialogue was just as insightful. The story may seem typical, but it was far from it. It was full and richly crafted. I was surprised by the ending and that hardly ever happens! Both the Hero and the Heroine were larger than life and the secondary characters were just as fully realized. I did not want this book to end. Well Done!!
def618 22 days ago
This is the first book in the Highland Grooms series and I enjoyed it very much. It’s set in the early 1700s and Julia London has the political intrigue and plots very accurate, if my memory is correct. Laird Arran Mackenzie has kept his clan out of politics and well off from his shipping and trading ventures. His dealings with the English Lord Norwood, have brought him a barony and an English bride. Margot Armstrong, Lord Norwood’s daughter, lost her mother at an early age and was spoiled by her father and their servants. She is not prepared for marriage, at barely 18, or a life in Scotland and returns to her father soon after. Three years later she returns to Scotland and Arran. Of course, he is suspicious of her return and keeps a close watch on her. Rumors and plots surround him as he tries to keep his clan safe and deal with the wife he still loves. There is so much more depth to this book - danger, deceptions, love - and I don’t want to spoil the twists and turns to the HEA. I hope you’ll read it. Thanks to the author for allowing me an ARC. My one pet peeve is the back cover spells the hero’s name McKenzie, while the book uses Mackenzie.
Anonymous 20 days ago
2 Day book. You eont mind the loss of sleep!