It's Getting Scot in Here

It's Getting Scot in Here

by Suzanne Enoch

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ISBN-13: 9781250296375
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: The Wild Wicked Highlanders , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 15,399
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A native and current resident of Southern California, Suzanne Enoch loves movies almost as much as she loves books, with a special place in her heart for anything Star Wars. She has written more than forty Regency novels and historical romances, which are regularly found on the New York Times bestseller list. When she is not busily working on her next book, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months.

Some of Suzanne's books include Barefoot In The Dark, It's Getting Scot in Here, Lady Whistledown Strikes Back and The Legend of Nimway Hall.

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CHAPTER 1

"I can smell the shite from here." Niall MacTaggert pulled up his bay gelding, Kelpie, at the top of the low rise. "Bloody Saint Andrew," he muttered, swinging down to the ground. The sight before him — a vast sprawl of hazy, smoke-shrouded streets, the peaks of bell towers here and there the only bits that had managed to break free of the gray to stab into the overcast sky — had both a scent and a sound he hadn't even the words to describe. "Have ye ever seen the like?"

"Nae." His oldest brother, Coll, Viscount Glendarril, remained aboard his massive black Friesian stallion, Nuckelavee, but he leaned forward to cross his wrists over the saddle's pommel. "I reckon we've found hell."

As they gazed at the loud, fog-bound morass, Niall's second oldest brother, Aden, drew up behind them. "Finding a bride here's nae the first thought that strikes me," he commented, patting his chestnut thoroughbred, Loki, on the withers. "I reckon we should rescue our sister from that blight and make for the Highlands."

"And send her to a nunnery," Niall added. "If we can keep her from marrying, we've nae reason to tote posies about and read poetry to some fainting English hothouse flower."

That had been the plan he suggested, but Coll had overruled him, insisting that the three of them could convince Francesca Oswell-MacTaggert to tear up the agreement. Coll had always favored battle, a direct confrontation, over delicacy or subterfuge. And his methods generally succeeded — the main reason Niall and Aden had agreed to give it a go.

Niall turned to see the quartet of outriders and two wagons of luggage accompanying them come into sight. It all looked impressive, which had been the point; they all knew that no Sassenach traveled far without half his worldly goods accompanying him. Now, though, he had to consider that having to repack all of it would considerably slow any getaway they might attempt. Then again, they could always taxidermy another red deer stag if they had to leave behind the one they'd brought along.

Most of the rest of it was nearly as unnecessary. Then again, Francesca claimed to want her sons about. Well, here they were. All three of them. And not a one in the mood to be cooperative. Niall stepped into the stirrup and remounted Kelpie as his brothers returned to the rutted, muddy road and the wagons. London. He'd rather take a wade through a peat bog than spend an hour in London. Their da had signed a paper, though, and then seventeen years later had refused to rise from his sickbed — his deathbed, according to himself — to join his sons in disputing it. Angus MacTaggert, Earl Aldriss, a roaring giant of a Highlands warrior and evidently too scared of his estranged wife to leave his estate and go set eyes on her. Not that Angus would ever admit to that.

On a sunny day, if such things existed here, the oak and elm trees scattered along the road might have provided a pleasant shade. Today they mostly made Niall miss the pines and the craggy, snow-topped peaks of the Highlands. Christ, had it only been five days since he'd last seen them? It was warmer here, or at least the breeze, even with the rain hanging just behind it, didn't have that chill that dug into a man's bones.

He fell in beside Aden, with Coll and his great black warhorse a few feet ahead of them. The outriders had been more for show than for anything else; he doubted even some damned Sassenach highwayman would care to run up against the MacTaggert brothers. Still, someone had to lag behind with the wagons and protect the stuffed stag and their shaving kits. Their grand arrival wouldn't change the fact that they'd left behind an ailing father and a busy season of new lambs and growing crops, that they'd had to postpone the Highlands games that had been a tradition in June for the past two hundred years, and dozens of other things that all needed tending. And a fair crop of young ladies who'd be lamenting his absence.

"Ye ken if yer face freezes like that a hundred lasses will perish from sorrow."

Niall sent Aden a sideways glance. "If I'm forced to wed some pinch-faced flower of the south, those hundred lasses will all be perishing from loneliness and sorrow. Even the lot chasing ye might frown for an entire minute once they read about yer nuptuals."

"Dunnae underestimate Coll's lack of enthusiasm at having Francesca choose a bride for him."

"Aye. Thank the devil he's the one lost the card turn. I'm surprised he has any teeth left, the way he's been grinding 'em for five days."

With a swift look at their brother's backside, Aden pulled a deck of cards from his coat pocket and shuffled it one-handed. "I reckon he'll fight harder for us with himself in the hangman's noose."

Aden's swift expression of amusement as he pocketed the cards again might have been simple appreciation, or it might have been one of his rare admissions of trickery. Either way, Niall was abruptly grateful not to be the present Viscount Glendarril. It was horrifying enough to be ordered to choose a Sassenach bride; to have a woman he'd not seen in seventeen years pick out the lass he was to marry would have been enough to make him consider fleeing to the Colonies, regardless of the consequences to Aldriss Park.

The scattering of farms gave way to densely packed shops, businesses, hotels, inns, brothels, taverns, and stately homes, looming out of the fog like giant, steep- edged ravines to tower halfway into the sky. Along with the buildings came the people, shouting in a hundred accents and several languages, offering oranges, fish, pies, glimpses of the far-off Orient, and themselves. So these were the civilized folk, turning to stare at the trio of riders as they passed — as if the Highlanders were the odd birds. "It's a madhouse," he muttered, reining in Kelpie to avoid a scampering, nearly skeletal young girl scooping horse shite into a bucket.

"What in Saint Margaret's name is that?" Aden commented, flicking the end of his reins toward a street corner.

Niall followed the gesture to spy a tall, thin man dressed in a lime-green jacket so tight he wouldn't have been able to lift his arms above the elbow. The points of his shirt, white and stiff, dug into his earlobes, and his blond hair had been curled tighter than sheep's wool. His trousers were a peacock blue, his waistcoat a patterned yellow and green, and the black boots he wore shone like water and had heels as deep as a horse's hooves. "I saw one of 'em in a fashion catalog Eppie had on her bed stand," Niall replied. "That, Aden, is a dandy."

"I'm stunned enough that I willnae ask what ye were doing in Eppie Androw's bedchamber. A dandy. Do ye reckon he can walk?"

"If he takes wee-enough steps, aye. And ye know damned well what I was doing in Eppie's bedchamber. I'm four-and-twenty, nae eleven."

Ahead of them Coll consulted a folded paper, then headed right down a narrower, quieter lane. The houses here were larger and didn't share common walls, with more windows and quaint-looking gardens in the back. A street or two beyond them, the homes had short front drives, overhanging roofs for leaving carriages without getting rained on, and stables alongside the gardens in the rear.

Though Coll had initially been against it, they'd sent word that the MacTaggert brothers were traveling down to London. Niall could see the benefits of surprising Francesca Oswell-MacTaggert, putting her back on her heels and maybe even frightening her into tearing up the damned agreement. On the other hand, she'd sent the letter announcing Eloise's betrothal, so she would have a fair idea that her sons would be arriving sooner rather than later. And he personally didn't relish the idea of having to sleep in the stable because no additional rooms had been opened for them.

They trotted past a small park dotted with bairns in frilly dresses or short pants, together with women dressed in caps and dowdy gowns — nannies, he supposed — before Coll led them down another lane. A labyrinth of climbing roses and wrought-iron gates surrounded them now, not as closed in as the bordering streets but just as suffocating. When Coll finally drew Nuckelavee to a halt, Niall felt somewhat relieved; he could imagine a hell where one rode through flower-choked lanes endlessly searching for a tavern that would never appear.

"This one," Laird Glendarril grunted, his gaze on the stately gray house on the right.

"Write out the direction for me before we step outside again," Aden requested. "I'll nae find it again otherwise."

"With any luck we'll be back home before ye have to memorize it," their oldest brother returned, and sent the big black warhorse up the half-circle drive. "Hallo the house!"

The front door opened. Servants started fleeing the house in front of them, maids and kitchen help and footmen all straightening caps and coats willy-nilly as they ran out the door. For a hard half a dozen heartbeats Niall thought they'd caught the house on fire and were running for their lives, until he realized they were lining up on either side of the doorway. He did a swift count — fifteen of them. With that many servants, a man wouldn't even have to hold his own kerchief to blow his nose.

"We've merited a parade," Aden noted. "Do ye reckon they do this every time someone approaches the house?"

Niall stifled a grin. "That wouldnae seem very practical, but the English are all mad anyway."

The narrow man with the most gentlemanly attire bowed as the three of them lined up on horseback. "Welcome to Oswell House, Lord Glendarril, Master Aden, Master Niall." Down the line the other servants bowed and curtsied in fairly impressive unison. "Lady Aldriss awaits you inside."

Behind them the first wagon turned onto the drive and stopped, the other one just behind it. Charles and Wallace, the two men seated beside the drivers and brought down expressly for one purpose, stood and pulled their bagpipes from beneath their wooden seats. At Coll's nod and after a few off-key groans to fill the bags with air, they began playing "The White Cockade" at full volume. Now that felt like a proper greeting.

Niall dismounted, handing Kelpie's reins off to a stunned-looking lad who wore stable livery. Windows of the neighboring houses began flying open, maids and footmen and anyone else in earshot trying to get a look at whatever was making that noise. Before the first refrain they'd gathered a crowd on the street behind them, clapping to the reel.

"I reckon we're overdressed," Aden commented as he handed Loki off to another stableboy.

Sweet Andrew, Oswell House seemed to have a lad for every horse in the stable. "That was the point, wasnae?" Niall straightened his fox-fur sporran and fell in with his brothers. Scarlet plaid with thick lines of black and green, the colors of clan Ross had to be the grandest and brightest in the Highlands. And with the three men all pushing past six feet tall, they were definitely not about to be missed — or mistaken for anything but what they were.

"Won't you ..." The butler fellow cleared his throat. "Won't you come inside?" he repeated, more loudly.

"They havenae played 'Killiecrankie' yet," Coll returned. "And ye've nae introduced us to all these folks who've lined up so proper to say hello."

Because he'd been watching the doorway, Niall saw Francesca Oswell-MacTaggert, Countess Aldriss, the moment she left the shadows. He'd been but seven years old the last time he'd set eyes on her, but he would have recognized her among a crowd of hundreds. Aye, her black hair had lightened to a peppered gray, and the angel's face he recalled had widened a bit at the jaw, but it was her. In fact, the one thing he hadn't expected was that she would be so ... tiny. The top of her head wouldn't even come to his shoulder.

She walked slowly outside to stand in front of the doorway. Her gown of deep blue likely would have sparkled in sunlight, but there was none of that to be found today. "I see I won't need to inform the neighbors that my sons have arrived," she said, her voice that cool, sophisticated accent he'd found very exotic as a bairn. Now it merely sounded English. Unlike his own. "Thank you for that."

"Aye, we're here," Coll returned, his eyes narrowing. "Thanks to yer threats, Francesca. Ye managed to put Da on his deathbed and took me away from mending the irrigation ditches, but ye've brought us out of the Highlands."

Her left hand flew up to her throat and a delicate gold necklace there before she lowered it again. "Your father has passed away?"

"He might've, by now. Made us swear nae to delay heading south and risk ruin for Aldriss, so we've nae idea. Pogan — our butler, if ye've forgotten — is to send us word."

"I haven't forgotten Pogan," she returned. "Nor will I discount Angus's dislike for London. Until I hear otherwise I shall credit his so-called deathbed antics to be just that — antics." Rubbing her hands together, she took a breath and stepped to one side of the doorway. "Now. Given that the future of Aldriss lies in you agreeing to my wishes, I do wish you would come inside."

Niall stole a glance at Coll. At nine-and-twenty, the current Viscount Glendarril and future Earl Aldriss had the clearest memory of Francesca; he'd been twelve when she'd left for London, after all. Coll stood four inches above six feet, and men — much less women — generally didn't argue with him. Even fewer attempted to order him about. This might not be an order, but it was close enough. Niall wondered if Francesca realized she'd just invited a bull into her glassware shop. An angry bull.

Coll met Francesca's gaze, then turned his back on the house. "Keep playing, lads," he called, then whistled for the wagons to pull onto the drive. "We've a bloody mountain of luggage to move inside, and I'd rather hear the pipes than the groaning of the footmen."

"Or the neighbors, I reckon," Niall muttered. He hadn't put much hope into Coll's plan of stomping up to the Oswell House front door, bellowing that Francesca had best rethink her plans because the MacTaggert brothers did not bow to anyone, and marching back to the Highlands. They looked to be trapped here for a few days, at least.

He looked up at the half-a-hundred windows that adorned the front of the grand house. None of the past six days had gone as he expected, though he had enjoyed the ride down from Scotland. Instead of a head-to-head battle, he would have chosen to find a London-based solicitor of their own to fight Francesca's agreement. Another Englishman would have had better odds of finding a way out of an English agreement than Coll and his preference for straight-up brawling. That suggestion had been overruled as well, of course, because everyone knew a Highlander couldn't trust a Sassenach. Not even one in his own employ.

Either way, he'd never been averse to making trouble. While Coll and Aden issued orders to their outriders and the Oswell House staff, he strolled up the pair of low steps to the front doorway. "I'm told I knew ye when I was seven years old," he drawled, sticking out his hand as Francesca looked at him. "I'm Niall."

She faced him, taking a quick half-step forward before she stopped again. Being a MacTaggert in the Highlands meant running across plenty of men wanting to make their own reputations on his back, to prove their strength or power or wealth by attempting to set him on his arse or in his grave. He'd become deft at determining who was an actual threat and who was actually angry or terrified or — more than likely — drunk. That was how he knew he'd just struck a blow against Francesca Oswell-MacTaggert, and that he'd hurt her. While he generally didn't hold with battling a woman, she'd started it.

Lifting her chin a little, she moved again, reaching out to grip his hand. "You don't need to introduce yourself to me, Niall. For goodness' sake." Her fingers trembled just a little, but as he shifted to let go, she tightened her hold on him. "I expected your hair to be red."

Shrugging, he ran his free hand through the overlong mess hanging into his eyes. "It got darker. Brown mostly, with a wee bit of fire here and there in the sunlight."

"You were a handsome young boy, but my heavens. You'll have half the girls in London swooning at your feet. And those eyes of yours — they're very like your sister's, you know. Such a pale celadon, like new leaves in sunlight." She reached a hand toward his face.

(Continues…)


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It's Getting Scot in Here 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
LynnLTX 23 days ago
Amelia-Rose Baxter must secure a husband during her second London season in order to please her overbearing, social climbing mother. The ladies of her time period have little choice but to marry well or face the dreaded spinsterhood. Amelia-Rose knows how she is supposed to behave, but her sharp mind and even sharper tongue cause much consternation for high society young women are not allowed such liberties. Entered in to a possible engagement with a wild, rough, barbarian Highlander who has been forced by his English mother to wed or lose the family’s ancestral home, Amelia-Rose is not sure what is worse: marry a dull, insipid or even elderly titled man or a Scot who has little use for her other than securing his heritage. Three Scottish brothers descend on their mother’s London house under duress intending to be as belligerent and resistant as possible. After all, Lady Aldriss has not seen her sons in seventeen years so why should they care about her desires. The youngest, Niall MacTaggert, is the peacemaker of the family and spends much time with Amelia-Rose after a disastrous first meeting with the eldest brother, Coll, whom she is supposed to marry. As they become acquainted, it is clear that Niall has more than a brother-in-law to be feelings for Amy, as she likes to be called, and she begins to feel much for him. The brothers all plan to high tail it back to Scotland and leave their hapless brides behind, but much changes for Niall once he decides this beautiful English rose is for him. They have a lot of obstacles to overcome in order to be together, but the Scots are known for their canniness so Niall accepts the challenge. Women had few choices about their own happiness especially for those under twenty-one like Amelia-Rose so they had to be smarter than their oppressors. For the MacTaggert brothers, losing their family home and lands was to be avoided at all costs. So both sides have much to gain or lose depending on the outcome. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance. Ms. Enoch’s cleverly crafted tale is witty, well-paced, engaging, and I think, a good representation of the marriage game in that time period. This story is first in a series called The Wild Wicked Highlanders. I look forward to seeing how the next brother and the woman who catches his interest will fair in book two.
FaeScot 4 days ago
I was delighted when I won this book at a Goodreads contest. I've been wanting to dive into Enoch's Scottish books so bad. This story did not disappoint. It was creative and entertaining with all the family dynamics and the Scot brothers being "fish out of water" in London Society. She crafted an engaging story although when she gets to Coll's story she's got a lot of redeeming to do cause I grew to really detest him. By the end of the tale I believe Francesca, the brother's Mother, stole my heart with her cleaver manipulations of society. I do believe Amelia-Rose's mother, Victoria gets what's coming to her. I really grew to hate her desperation to gain status within London society by using her daughter to marry a title. Niall MacTaggert is the youngest of 3 Scottish brothers grown and raised in the Scottish Highlands by their Laird father Angus MacTaggert and the English heiress Francesca. His clan is poverty stricken and he must marry for funds. He took his well bred English bride to the wilds of Scotland and bred 3 strong sons, Coll, Aden & Niall, and one daughter, Eloise. When Eloise turned 13 Lady Francesca had had enough of Scot life, packed up and returned to London without her sons, though lord knows she tried. Thankfully she had a shrewd marriage contract that left her control of the purse strings! In her agreement the boys had to take English wives before the daughter married or the clan lost her money. Oh and she got to pick one of the brides. Now 20 years later it's time and Coll draws the short straw to marry the lady of Francesca's choosing. Coll holds the title as eldest, Viscount Glendarril and is contracted to marry Lady Amelia-Rose. She daughter of the ever scheming and title seeking Victoria and Charles Baxter, rich merchants on the fringes of London Society. Once the "boys" get to London, Coll revolts and does a disappearing act so Niall steps in as the "diplomat" of the group. He stands in for Coll pretending the suit is Coll when in actuality he finds Amelia delightful. They fall in love and the solutions to the conundrum are within the well crafted pages of the story. ~ A copy was provided to me for an honest and voluntary review by Goodreads.
Mermer 10 days ago
A verÿ good fun Historical romance with men in kilts Blackmailed my their mother who they haven't seen since she left Scotland . Three. Brothers goes to England to find brides. The fun and romance begins. Enjoyed reading. Voluntarily reviewed.
PalmaMama 11 days ago
An enjoyable first read by Suzanne Enoch, even if “It’s Getting Scot in Here” is a fairly modern title for a novel that takes in place in 19th century England. Niall MacTaggert of Scottish clan Ross is the youngest of three sons on their way to England to save their home. To do so, they must wed three English women of their mother’s choosing. A mother who, after not being able to stand the Highlands or the man she married, returned to England with her newborn daughter, leaving her three sons in the hands of their father. Now that their youngest sister is engaged, they themselves must wed. Amelia-Rose Baxter is the only daughter of a society climbing mother who only wants a title man for her daughter. Amelia-Rose is promised to the eldest MacTaggert, a Lord, who promptly abandons her during their first meeting at the theatre. Niall steps up and through the initial phases of this relationship, stands in for his brother. As the days go by, he comes to realize his feelings for Amelia-Rose aren’t sisterly and he has no desire to see the couple wed. This was a great story with a fair amount of conflict. There were characters I despised and those I loved. I can’t wait to see who’s up next! I was gifted this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Vik_BookLover 12 days ago
I am simply hooked on this new series by Suzanne Enoch! It is a little bit of a different spin to the highlander historical romances that I usually go for. Biggest difference is that rough and rugged Highlander are forced into courting and marrying english brides in London. This made for a hilarious book to read as three highlanders rebel against their British mother. If you are wondering why I am making this distinction it is because it is a pretty important to the story plot. The story is told in multiple POV with focus on the two main characters. Also be prepared for not a lot of dialogue, however it does work with the story very well in my opinion! The MacTaggert brothers are in a bind because in order to preserve their beloved childhood home where they were raised by their father while their mother was back in London with their youngest sisters, they must appease their estranged mother and marry an English bride. Therefore they find themselves being primped and primed for society ladies during the very social Season in London. Their tribulations in adjusting to their new circumstances while throwing in that stubborn rebellion with a healthy side of theatrics to the whole situation was entertaining to read. Their whole bull in a china shop and prankster approach to coping with the situation at hand made me constantly chuckle. Amelia-Rose or better knows as Amy is a perfect tool for her parents to gain a title to go along with their money. Poor Amy finds herself engaged to be wed to a brute eldest MacTaggert brother. A relationship that can only be described as water and oil mixing together. However, it is the youngest brother, Niall, the one who is constantly playing the mediator and buffer that she starts to develop feelings for. Niall is the one with the perfect words, even if they are brute highlander words. The one who understands her and listens to her wants. There is a whole lot of drama and action that resolves from Niall interfering in the arrangement. However, I can’t even fault him for it because he is the one deserving of this HEA. An HEA that is not easily reached as there are many obstacles they must maneuver through, mainly getting over their prejudices, traditions, and parents’ wishes. The start of this series is all about emotions and angst. I felt so many things in regard to MacTaggert brothers and even what their mother forced on them. This is a new to me author but now that she has wowed me I am a forever follower.
nelriv 15 days ago
I love Suzanne Enoch, have for years. One of my favorite books is from her "London's Perfect Scoundrel" and that is one of many of hers that I truly enjoyed, why am I telling you this you may be asking if it has nothing to do with this story, well because I didn't love this one and I know that to me it is not reflected of her work. I didn't find it as funny and honestly the h kind of annoyed me. I did enjoy Niall and maybe it is because I love myself some highlanders and I liked him and his family but for some reason I couldn't really get into the story. I started and stopped multiple times and when that happens I find that I just am not going to love the book because it did not grab me from the beginning. I am not saying that it is bad, far from it just not my fav. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
Lindsey_Gray11 17 days ago
Three brothers. Scottish Earl for a father. Wealthy English lady for a mother. All three forced into an agreement made between their parents. None want to follow it and are paying the price. Niall MacTaggert, the youngest of the MacTaggert brothers, has always been the peacemaker in the family. When his oldest brother and heir won’t do his part to save the earldom, Niall steps in. It just so happens that spending time with Amelia-Rose, the woman whom his mother chose for the heir to marry, is more than a little pleasant. Amelia-Rose doesn’t want to marry a rough, tough highlander, but she doesn’t feel like she has a choice. Her mother wants to elevate herself in any way possible, even at the misery of her own daughter. Although Amelia-Rose begins to enjoy her time with Niall standing in for his brother, she’s not sure if he really likes her or is just playing at it until his brother comes back into the picture. This story surprised and delighted me. It is actually my first read from Susan Enoch and I don’t know why I didn’t find her sooner. My expectation of this story was that of Niall and Amelia-Rose falling in love while she was almost engaged to his brother. I thought that would be the whole story. I couldn’t be more wrong. This story twists and turns as these two learn how to love and the truth of that feeling. That is a big issue in this story, what the true feeling is between these characters. They go through several transitions on their journey which is more complicated than I first anticipated. If you are looking for a story about a kilt-wearing, kind-hearted highlander and a spunky, witty English lass, It’s Getting Scot in Here is the story for you. I received It's Getting Scot in Here for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I have so enjoyed Ms Enoch's last three books and really looked forward to this one. It is slow, ploddimg, and real bore. I made myself finish it, but it was a struggle. Skip this one. I will be skipping the rest of this series as well.
Crystal61 18 days ago
It took me a bit to get into this story. I enjoyed Amelia-Rose and her acceptance of her duty and how she tried to suppress the real her. Niall preferred the real Amelia-Rose. He was a bit rough but a gentleman. I liked this story once it got going and had a few smiles along the way. I received an ARC through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
Hfowler 18 days ago
This one was slow to start and took a while to grab and keep my attention, but about 50% into it and I had a hard time putting it down.  The moment she tells Coll no, (not going to spoil anything) and Niall is there to rescue her, I became hooked.  I enjoyed the romance, hated her mother, and the relationship between Francesca and her boys, I found to be the most compelling part of the story. I loved their development and interactions and I hope by the end of the series, she has her family back and whole. Loved it and can't wait for the other books in this new series.
wtfareyoureadingFR 19 days ago
Suzanne Enoch offers readers an enchanting twist on the marriage mart in this, her first title in The Wild Wicked Highlanders series. It's Getting Scot In Here introduces readers to the MacTaggart men. Who, though they may be the sons of a proper English lady. Have no intention of taming their Highland wilds in order to find the English brides that their legacies require. Amelia-Rose should be the quiet and demure "seen and not heard" English Rose that society requires. She should be... But she is not. Blessed with a quick wit and an even quicker tongue. Lady Amelia is not one to just sit idly by, and let barbed slights fly. But one look into the celadon eyes of Niall MacTaggart and all she can do is smile. Which would be a good thing. If she wasn't promised to his brother. This "right love wrong brother" love story is one in which readers really get to know both Amelia and Niall. Just as they get to know each other. Although it is easy to feel bad for Niall's brother for missing out on the awesomeneess that is Amelia. The time does come when one can't help rooting for Niall. Playing a close second plot-wise to Niall and Amelia. The backstory of Niall's mother and her desertion of the boys. The more that one comes to know about her, however. The more one comes to understand her reasons for leaving. It's Getting Scot In Here is a very sweet, midpaced romance. Brimming with characters that a reader can't help loving. And a "happily..." tailormade for the wild at heart.
stanhope3234 20 days ago
4.5* Amelia-Rose Baxter has had 4 offers of marriage but her sharp wit and even sharper tongue has sent them all running. Her parents want a title for her and so they betroth her to Coll MacTaggart, Viscount Glendarril a Highlander barbarian. Coll, Aden and Niall MacTaggert are summoned to London by their mother. The deal she made with their father 17 years ago has come to term and they must now marry and to English women at that or they will lose the funding for their beloved home Aldriss. Coll is angry that because of his title he has no choice of who he will marry and he treats Amelia-Rose horribly. Niall steps in to smooth Coll’s path and convince Amelia-Rose that he is a good man and needs time to come to terms with the marriage. Niall continues to fill in for the missing Coll, Amelia-Rose is no dummy and see through Niall’s charade and will use it to suit her. The more time they spend together they’re friendship and attraction grows. With Niall Amelia-Rose can be herself, she does not have to be the prim and proper women her mother demands. Niall sees Amelia-Rose as the lass for him and he will do what he needs to to get her. Niall has no title and her parents will not accept anyone with out one. Everything is slipping from their grasp, Niall just might be to late. I love Suzanne Enoch’s writing and her Highlanders are some of the best I’ve read.
Historical_Romance_Lover 20 days ago
I loved Niall and Amy's story!! They are thrown together because of Niall's knuckle-headed brother, but end up falling for each other. I loved watching these two fall for one another. They had certain expectation of each other before they met and were quickly disabused of them. Then when they started to learn what the other was truly like, they didn't think they had a chance of a life together. What an enjoyable journey Enoch gave us!! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!!
CathyGeha 20 days ago
It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch Wild Wicked Highlanders #1 Hmmm….engaging, easy to read, fun historical romance that seems more a fairy tale than a truly believable story BUT when reading romance one is really trying to escape and this book did take me away to another country and earlier time period. I experienced stinky London, went to balls and saw the gorgeous costumes, rode in carriages, danced, was thankful that expectations then were not what they are now and got to watch the two main characters fall in love. So, it was a fun day spent reading and I enjoyed it. What I liked about the book: * The brothers – they were there for one another * The romance between Niall and Amelia-Rose * The slow build but steam when it came within the romance (even though...really?) * The addition of Eloise to the brothers’ lives * The costumes * The way the brothers interacted * Niall’s sly way of getting what he wants but also allowing Amelia-Rose to get what she wants, too * The red stag on the landing...what a hoot! * Quite a bit, actually What I did not like: * The parents...both Taggert and Baxter couples left a lot to be desired. * The expectations of the parents in regard to their children * The willingness of some to do all for title or money * The way Coll (the oldest brother) interacted with Amelia-Rose * The short time it took for Francesca to win over her sons...I don’t think I would like her that easily if I were the sons So, the Taggert sons arrive in London knowing that to keep the money coming to their ancestral estate so it will not fail they have to cater to an agreement their parents made when their mother Francesca left them and their father seventeen years before. They have ideas about how to satisfy the letter of the law within their parents’ agreement without really having to change their lifestyles. One of the sons drew the short straw and will have to marry the woman their mother has chosen as a bride to keep the funds flowing to Aldriss...like it or not. There is a slight glitch in that a different brother wants Amelia-Rose than the one that is supposed to marry her. The way the couple finally arrive at a happily ever after is quite a tale and also a good read. I am looking forward to finding out who Coll and Aden will end up with and since these women must be English it will be interesting to see who they meet and fall in love with. I am almost more curious about Amelia-Rose’s companion Jane than I am about Coll and Aden, though. Jane seems an intriguing woman who deserves a book of her own but I wonder if that will happen or not – hope to find out in this series. I also noticed a mention that Eloise Taggert wants her father to walk her down the aisle and if he should show up to do so then will Francesca and the husband she left behind rekindle their romance or will fur fly? And...if you do decide to read this book...do note the story of the cats being milked for cheese...what a hoot! Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
EileenAW 21 days ago
How could I not have loved Niall and Amelia-Rose’s amazing love story in It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch, book one in her Wild, Wicked Highlanders series. Amelia-Rose was being asked to be someone other than her true self by her parents, trying to marry her off to a man with a title. She was nobody’s fool, nor a simpering woman who never had a thought of her own. Amelia-Rose Baxter needed a man who would treat her as his equal, not try to boss her around, telling her what she could and couldn’t do. The MacTaggert brothers learned only recently that the eldest must marry or they would lose their ancestral estate. The eldest, Coll, refused to be interested, let alone marry, any woman their mother selected for him. Niall, the youngest and the peace maker, thought he could find a way for Amelia-Rose to become the perfect match for his brother and for the sake of the family. Instead, Niall ends up being the one who Amelia-Rose is attracted to despite her concerns and fears of barbarian Highlanders. At the same time, Niall finds Amelia-Rose tempting but fears marrying an Englishwoman and having the troubles his parents had. I loved that Amelia-Rose was strong-willed and refused to change to be the simpering, pushover that her parents wanted her to be in order to be married off to a man with a title. I was frustrated by the manner her mother treated her, being the one insisting on Amelia-Rose be married to a title, not so much caring about the man. Niall saw the true Amelia-Rose which made him a true hero in my book. He believed it was vital that he court her instead of her being sold like an animal. Despite being a Highland barbarian, Niall understood how to treat a woman better than the men being thrown at Amelia-Rose by her mother. Ms. Enoch wrote an emotionally rich and moving story transporting her readers to historical London and a peek at the Highlands. She provided a tale rich with sexual chemistry, amusing banter, and endearing characters that are not to be missed. I found both Niall and Amelia-Rose loveable heroes, unwilling to settle for less than each other. I highly recommend It’s Getting Scot in Here to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Queenbethanny 21 days ago
My first Suzanne Enoch book but definitely not my last!! The MacTaggert Brothers are forced from Scotland to England to marry proper English ladies to fulfill a pact and save their lands. Coll, the eldest, is destined for Amelia-Rose Baxter. However, being "forced" into marriage has left him with a cool heart and colder disposition. Youngest brother, Niall, covering for his absent brother and begins squiring his "Adae" around town. Before you know it, these two are falling head over heels for each other. Amelia-Rose's parents are dead-set on her acquiring a title. Will these two love-birds be able to make it work? Can't wait for the next installment to see where love leads Niall's brothers. Plus, I'm eager to find out if Enoch will write about the Spenfield spinster sisters.
Virginiaw 21 days ago
This is a very enjoyable romance. I love that these Scotsman must go to London to get a bride to keep their home in Scotland. This is the first book in the series and in it you learn a little about each of the 3 brothers, their sister and their mother. I look forward to reading about how each of the characters finds love. Remember this is a contemporary romance. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Horsebranchjess 21 days ago
It's Getting Scot in Here is just wow. Might I start with a sigh because if you can read this book and not fall in love with Niall MacTaggert you might be a cold-hearted shrew unworthy of a good romance novel. Niall and his brothers, Col and Aden, have been put over a barrel by their estranged mother. A woman whom they have not seen in seventeen years demands they marry English women before their younger sister or lose the means to take care of their Scottish home. They have just weeks to pull of this massive feat. Loud, boisterous highlanders that love a good fight, the men travel to London to deal with their mother and her demands. Amelia-Rose Baxter's family wants a title and are willing to sell her off to Lady Aldiss's plans for her oldest son Coll in exchange for his title. Amelia-Rose tries hard to be timid and agreeable but her tongue keeps getting her into trouble. It comes as no surprise when Coll storms out upon their first meeting when she calls him out for his attitude. The surprise comes when the youngest brother, Niall steps in to make her comfortable and admires her sharp wit and straight talking ways. When Niall keeps showing up to maintain the illusion that his brother will fall in line, Amelia-Rose cannot help but enjoy herself and feel comfortable in her own skin for maybe the first time. After years of her mother trying to change her, it becomes a heady thing for a man to admire her for herself. A lot of trouble later, the couple might just accidentally find their way to the sweetest HEA this reader has read in a long time. Laundry and chores were thrown by the wayside because once I started this wild, humorous ride I literally could not put it down. This book made me fall in love with Highlanders all over again. My voluntary, unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
Jolie 23 days ago
When I first saw the title of It’s Getting Scot in Here, I immediately thought of the Nelly song. Every time I saw the title, it made me smile. Now, that I have expressed my love for the title, let’s get onto the review. I thought that Niall and Amelia-Rose’s love story was perfect. Their romance was bumpy with obstacles thrown at them from all directions. That made me love it more!! I like perfect, fairy tale romances. But I also like romances that show that love is hard and not perfect. And in this case, it wasn’t. It’s Getting Scot in Here is set in one of my favorite eras, the Regency era. The author did a fantastic job of describing what Regency-era London looked like. She also did a fantastic job of showing the tensions between the Scottish and the English. Niall, Aden, and Coll’s distaste at everything English were palpable. Amelia-Rose’s parents were the same way against the Scottish. I loved reading a romance that was able to keep to the era. I liked Amelia-Rose. She was outspoken and not afraid to let people have it. Her actions at the ball showed that. I did feel bad for her. Her mother was status hungry. Amelia-Rose received 4 marriage proposals turned down because the men weren’t titled. I will admit, Amelia-Rose did come off as a snob at the beginning of the book. But considered how she was raised and what was expected from her, I didn’t expect anything less. So, it was interesting when she started to fall in love with Niall. I understood why Niall was so angry at the beginning of the book. His mother, who left when he was 7, dropped a bomb on him and his brothers. In order for them to keep their lands, they need to marry English women. One had to marry a woman that she chooses. The other two can marry whoever they want but it has to be English. So yeah, I would be mad too. Then, Coll goes on a bender. Which left Niall to pick up his slack. Again, I would be mad too. But, as the book went on, and as Niall started to fall in love with Amelia-Rose, his anger subsided. The sex scenes in the book were alright. If I had a complaint about anything, I felt that the sex scenes were understated. The end of the book was a wild ride. So much was going on that I almost couldn’t keep it straight. I loved what Lady Aldriss did. I laughed out loud at that. I also liked how Amelia-Rose’s father finally stood up to her mother. I slow clapped at that. The author did a great job of wrapping up all the plotlines about Niall and Amelia-Rose. She did leave enough open for the other brothers to usher in the 2nd book.
MissCherryBooks 23 days ago
En It’s getting Scot in Here, Suzanne Enoch da comienzo a esta nueva serie protagonizada por los hermanos MacTaggert y he de decir que es un muy buen comienzo. La vida de Niall y sus dos hermanos da un vuelco cuando reciben una carta de su madre en la cual les informa que su hermana pequeña, Eloise, se ha prometido y por lo tanto los tres tienen de plazo límite hasta la boda para casarse con una novia inglesa. De no hacerlo se les retirará su asignación mensual y por lo tanto acabaran arruinados, ellos y todos los arrendatarios del clan Ross. Todo esto se debe a un acuerdo firmado entre ambos progenitores antes de que la madre abandonase las Highlands con su hija pequeña para instalarse permanentemente en Londres. Los hermanos viajan a la ciudad inglesa con el claro propósito de “escaquearse” del compromiso y convencer a su madre de que desista en su alocado plan. Pero Francesca es una mujer de armas tomar y ya lo ha organizado todo. El mayor de los hermanos, Coll deberá casarse con una mujer elegida por ella, así lo estipula el acuerdo, y Niall y Aden con cualquier inglesa que ellos elijan. Aquí entra en escena Amelia-Rose, nuestra protagonista, cuyos padres han acordado con Francesca el matrimonio entre ella y Coll. Pero el primer encuentro dejará bien claro que el mayor de los MacTaggert no está por la labor, es un bruto maleducado que desprecia a Amy nada más conocerla. En cambio su hermano menor, Niall, es todo lo que Amelia-Rose busca en un marido...todo menos el pequeño problema de que Niall carece de título y los Baxter no van a consentir que su hija se case con un don nadie. Y aquí empiezan los problemas… Hace bastante tiempo que no leía a Enoch, al leer la sinopsis de este libro me picó la curiosidad y no pude evitar darle una oportunidad. La novela es muy tierna, como decía al principio es un muy buen comienzo de serie, nos presenta la situación en la que se han visto envueltos los hermanos MacTaggert a la vez que nos cuenta la historia de amor de Niall y Amelia-Rose. Los dos protas me han gustado muchísimo. De ella me ha encantado ver ese cambio, esa progresión de madurez, de ser una jovencita que no consigue ver del todo más allá de los designios de sus padres a ser una mujer de ideas propias, que elige su destino pensando en sí misma por encima de todo. Él es muy dulce, supongo que también porque se supone que al ser ambos más jóvenes que el resto de personajes la autora ha querido marcar bastante la diferencia, es refrescante dar con protagonistas así tan alejados de los cánones que suelen predominar en los personajes escoceses de histórica. It’s getting Scot in here se divide en 18 capítulos, cada uno de ellos bastante extenso, ya sabéis que me suelen gustar más las novelas con muchos capítulos cortos, pero no ha sido hasta los dos últimos capítulos que no se me ha hecho pesado, creo que porque sobretodo el último capítulo me ha resultado más un epílogo que otra cosa y ya había poco que aportar a la historia. En definitiva, una nueva serie a la que me he enganchado y de la que estoy deseando recibir nuevas noticias, porque algo curioso de este libro es que al ser el primero y ser tan introductorio no ha habido lugar a dejar entrever nada de la siguiente historia ¿Será de Coll? ¿Será de Aden? Ains, la espera se hará larga.
ViperSpaulding 23 days ago
Epic Regency/Highlander romance! It's 1816, and the three MacTaggert brothers discover their mother's ultimatum that requires them to travel to London. She's a true English lady, and her sons are, to her great dismay, far too much like their wild Highland father. Francesca is a delightful matriarch, formidable but with a huge (but well-hidden) heart of gold. Niall, her youngest son, is determined to follow through on what his heart promises to Amelia-Rose, regardless of who may be disappointed along the way. Amelia-Rose is just feisty and sassy enough to know what she wants, even when she doesn't quite know how to make it happen. This book is filled with delightful characters; all of them fairly leap off the page and into your heart. There's so much heart and humor throughout the book, not in-your-face comedy but the understated, wry observations about society and finding one's place in - or out - of it. The storyline is gripping, captivating from start to finish, and the HEA is melty-sweet and oh-so-satisfying. The writing is on-point, superbly paced, with a flow that just draws the reader in and makes for a non-stop read. It's everything a romance should be, and one of the best I've ever read that seamlessly combines the Scottish Highlanders with the English aristocracy. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
bookchelle 23 days ago
It's not a surprise that I love historical romance. It's also not a secret that I love my male leads to be Scottish men. And with Suzanne Enoch's It's Getting Scot in Here? It had all of that, and so much more! First off, let's talk about the title. This is the best title that I have seen in a long time. Not only is it a pun, it promises so much! And paired with this lovely cover? It's definitely getting Scot in here! I was drawn to the synopsis of It's Getting Scot in Here from the moment a mention of the words wickedly, seductive, and Scottish. And once I began reading the story? I was smitten. It's Getting Scot in Here is about headstrong females and the Scots who love them. It begins with the history of the MacTaggert family, the patriarch's marriage to Lady Aldriss. There is a demise in the marriage, resulting in a split, leaving three boys without a mother and a daughter without a father. But the fact that Lady Aldriss fought for her children? Well, yes, she sort of manipulated them - but that's beside the point. It just means that if you want something, you make it happen. But the stars of the story, Niall and Amelia-Rose have won my heart. Friends through common interests, with a slow-burn romance. Amelia-Rose isn't afraid of anything unconventional and she takes the chance to risk her heart. Same goes for Niall, whom I adore. He was brought to London out of loyalty for a home he knew, and stayed for love. I loved the natural progression into their romance. I loved eveything about this story! Enoch wrote had the right amount of everything, without one element being overtly extra or over the top. Also? I cannot wait for the other books! I hope we see Francesca in the other books, and definitely Lady Aldriss. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Eire2011 23 days ago
Wow are you in for a treat! I received an ARC in exchange for review though all thoughts are my own. From the moment that I heard about this book, I knew that I wanted it in my hands and would enjoy it because where can a gal can't go wrong reading about Highlanders in Kilts and a young woman who is so much more than some people give her credit for. This is the first book in the Wild Wicked Highlanders involving three Highland brothers ( Coll, Aden & Niall) who find themselves having to journey to London to marry a woman of their Mother's choosing in order to save their beloved Scottish home Aldriss Park which has been in the MacTaggert family for over two hundred years. Coll is a jerk from the moment that he meets Amelia because he hopes that she will break off the engagement because he doesn't want any part of it though he knows he has a duty. Amelia-Rose Baxter is the only daughter of a family that is not of the nobility but is well off. Her mother is eager to marry her off to a gentleman with a title though Amelia has only been out for two seasons and has received several proposals. Amelia-Rose is a smart young woman who finds it hard to hold her tongue, loves being among society, reading, having a good time and is often frustrated with her Mother who demands a lot of her. She's shocked when she learns that an engagement has been agreed to between her parents and Lady Aldriss's eldest son Coll. She hasn't heard very many good things about Highlanders and the thought of having to leave what she's known for the wilds of Scotland is a frightening prospect though she is rather desperate to get out from under the thumb of her overbearing Mother. Amelia has no idea what she's getting herself into but is determined to try to make the best of things. Her first meeting with Coll involves the temperamental Highlander being rather rude and stomping out of a public play when Amelia puts him in his place for being rude. Niall proceeds to step in to save the day so to speak and keeps Amelia from being embarrassed and that's when things really start getting interesting. Niall has always been the peacemaker of the family. He's the one that people come to with their troubles and has often kept his brothers from getting into too much trouble. He's had his fair share of wild moments, chasing Highland lasses, a few scuffles and is not happy about the edict that his parents have decided on. He realizes though that Amelia didn't have much say in the agreement and finds himself drawn to the woman as he repeatedly tries to cover Coll's butt for being absent. What starts out as trying to keep the peace between Coll and Amelia turns into much more than he had anticipated. Niall finds himself drawn to the blonde-haired woman who is funny, has a sharp tongue, well-spoken, sweet and full of surprises.  When he learns this his brother Coll was a jerk on purpose and trying to get Amelia to break off the engagement by being so harsh, he gives his brother a good wallop. Which was a huge plus in my eyes because Coll needed a sound thrashing for being so petty. I thought it might be rather awkward when it comes out that Niall wants to pursue Amelia but it was rather sweet and his family was fully ready to back him, including his Mom. Then Niall and Amelia fall for each other and what transpires could be the very thing they were both looking for! Full of surprises, humor, loyalty and the power of love, I loved this book from beginning to end! Highly recommend!
Rhodes123 23 days ago
I won an ARC of this book through a contest and in return promised my honest review. This is the first book in the series Wild Wicked Highlanders, a historical romance. In the Scottish Highlands live 3 rough and ragged brothers who have been raised by their dad while mom resides in London with the daughter. They have been allowed to run free until a letter arrives from their mom announcing that the eldest son must marry before the youngest, Eloise, who has recently gotten engaged. If he doesn't marry he will lose the ancestral estate. But Coll just isn't interested in a Sassenach, particularly one his mother has selected for him. Upon meeting Amelia Rose he decides she is too free-speaking and just won't do. Amelia Rose Baxter is a socialite and by no means is she a fool. Her parents want Amelia to stop voicing her opinions and to marry a man with a title. Amelia wants a man who values her for her strong mind, intelligence, and who wants to live in London. She soon finds out that Coll is not that man and she refuses to be left alone in London or carted off to Scotland. Niall, the youngest son, is immediately drawn to Amelia. He steps in for his disappearing brother, thinking he must soften Amelia up so his brother will marry her and save the family home. Instead Niall wants to have her for his own. He knows her thoughts on the Highlanders but doesn't want to make the same mistake that his father and mother did. While finding her irresistible, can he win her over and change her mind about him and the Scotland Highlands?
escape_inabook 23 days ago
I received a complimentary advance reader copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley . All comments/opinions are my own. It’s Getting Scot in Here is everything I hope for when I read a historical romance. A healthy dose of family drama, scheming, a sassy heroine, and a swoon worthy hero. Amelia-Rose is a bit of a square peg her parents try jamming into a round hole. She’s bright. She is quick with as snappy comeback. God forbid she’s opinionated and enjoys reading. After living her life constantly being hushed and told to be “proper”, she meets the brother of the seemingly boorish Highlander her parents have engaged her to. Those two have zero chemistry and after a handful of moments are enemies. Then, enter Niall. Oh sweet, sweet Niall. Finally, her heart is telling her this is a man that will appreciate her true self. The down side, her shrew of a mother has other plans... I loved how the story unfolds with the lead characters developing a friendship. The banter between these covers an underlying simmering tension they don’t immediately acknowledge. Toss in laugh out loud sibling antics and a family reunited and this a book I am in love with. I have long been a fan of Suzanne Enoch’s writing. As this is the first in the series, I imagine it will only get better from here. I am so excited for the coming books highlighting Niall’s brothers Happily Ever After moments sprinkled with Scottish brogue.