Rogue with a Brogue (Scandalous Highlanders Series #2)

Rogue with a Brogue (Scandalous Highlanders Series #2)

by Suzanne Enoch
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The Rogue with a Brogue 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
I was able to find this book early Monday and couldn't stop reading it! It is the 2nd in Suzanne Enoch's Scandalous Highlanders series. It's very good! I believe I like Arran even more than his brother Ranulf, the hero of "The Devil Wears Kilts". I will not write plot spoilers but it's a Scottish Romeo & Juliet with a much better ending! Unless I missed him, I was a little disappointed that Francis Henning didn't make his usual appearance in this author's books. Although, a couple of characters from the Scandalous Brides series were at the theater. Suzanne Enoch's books are always well written and enjoyable.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars This book was very Scottish, so if you love Highlanders then this book is for you. I liked it well enough, but I got a little bored at times. And it's kinda an insta-love romance. They've known each other for about a week or two before they're in love and running to Gretna Green. I think I would've liked the couple a lot more if their relationship had been stretched out longer and their escape a little shorter. One thing I was definitely tired of the term Sasannach. I know it's a Scottish man thinking, talking about, or complaining about the English, but that term was used about two or three times per a page if not more. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
This stunning romance has it all: a sizzling relationship, clan family drama, suspense, danger, and even a road trip adventure. This is the second book in Suzanne Enoch’s Scandalous Highlanders series—the first was The Devil Wears Kilts—but it can be read on its own. Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell’s clans have been feuding for hundreds of years and, despite a tentative truce, tensions still run high. It’s the Regency era and times are changing, with Arran’s older brother and clan chief, Ranulf, engaged to an English lady and with the Campbell family now mostly living in England. Arran is in England after rushing there to hopefully save his brother from an ill-judged marriage but, too late, Ran is deeply in love. So Arran is simply in London living with his brother and younger sister, Rowena, helping to keep the truce with the Campbells until Ran’s marriage. He spots the lovely and lively Mary in a mask at a ball and the sparks fly with their spirited conversation. Arran has no idea who the lady is but she knows who he is. He takes her by surprise when he sweeps her into a dance to escape the clinging vine younger sister of Ran’s Charlotte. Arran is promised to another woman, another clan the MacLawry’s are hoping to unite with. Though he’s not interested, he realizes his fate is to follow his brother’s orders for the good of the clan. But after meeting Mary, Deirdre is boring and dull by comparison. And if Ran can marry for love, why can’t he? Mary wants love and excitement but is a pawn in her clan’s wars, as most women usually are. She is the only daughter and heir of the powerful clan Campbell, but has lived in England almost her entire life. She falls in love with Arran against her better judgment. His kindness and pursuit are irresistible and, even though she knows she’s defying her family, she can’t help it. When their budding love and friendship are discovered, all hell breaks loose, and so they take a risk. That’s really all I can tell you about the plot without giving away all the wonderful things that happen in this story. What’s very interesting is how Enoch writes in the third person but the perspective isn’t only from Arran and Mary’s points of view. In other chapters, we also see the thoughts and actions of minor characters and they move the plot forward in new and exciting ways. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. The secondary characters here are wonderful to read. They come to life in the road trip part of the story, especially Mary’s aunt and their loyal retainers, Howard Howard and Peter Gilling. I love their interactions with the hero and heroine and it also adds some much-needed humor to some of the more intense portions of the book. The romance between Mary and Arran is sweet, sexy, and beautiful to read. Their love story is a legendary one and the wedding scene one of the most poignant I’ve ever read. Suzanne Enoch writes with color and life and her heroes and heroines are strong, admirable, and unforgettable. I’ve only read and listened to her provocative Scandalous Brides series—also very enjoyable—and it even makes a little cameo appearance here. I enjoyed this story so much that I didn’t even mind the Scottish brogue and isms too much, which often bother me as I find them hard to understand. But this story might not have had the same flavor without them. I would describe this romance as a Regency clan road trip. Unusual, original, and very entertaining. You won’t be disappointed.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Scandalous Highlanders series. Grabbing the masked vixen, Arran MacLawry was only trying to get out of dancing with his sister's friend. Little did he know that he was dancing with the enemy. Mary Campbell, knew that she was dancing with a MacLawry. But when she figured out that he did know she was a Campbell, it was too good of a chance to dance on the wild side. She had only heard bad things about the rival clan and wanted to see for herself what all the talk was. Upon learning identity of the vixen he danced with, Arran sets out to confront her. Little did he know that even with knowing she was his enemy, the attraction he felt for her was still there. Even more surprising, was that it was mutual. What will these two enemies do when they find that they just can't stay away from each other?  LOVED this story!! I've been a fan of Suzanne Enoch for many years and she did not disappoint with this new series. The whole MacLawry family has a distain for London (except for Rowena) and when she runs off the family follows. When you have two Highland rogues in London, mayhem ensues. Arran watched his brother fall in love with an English woman and can't believe that he did that to the family. So when he falls for someone in an enemy clan, he has to wonder if he was too hard on his brother. I really liked Arran and Mary together. I loved all their sneaking around to be together as it kept me wondering what they would do next. Each of them were willing to go against their clan just to see if there was something more than just a physical attraction between them. They were willing to over look the history of the clans, to find true love. Rowena and Lachlan's story is next. I don't think I can wait until March 2015 to read it. Ugh! Thanks go to St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
What a lively book. I do like a wild Highlander story and boy did I get it with this story. Suzanne should be proud of this book. It's Highlanders so you know there is arguing and fighting. Two people aren't-Arran MacLawry and Mary Campbell  . Their families are sworn enemies but find they like each other. I can't imagine living back then when the Laird of the Clan told you who to marry. They ran away and there begins all the twisty, turns spoilers for this book. I won't ruin it for you. Most of it is easy to figure out but the big one I wasn't ready for. Pass the word-Read this book!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An absolutely wonderful historical romance, Rogue with a Brogue was a fantastic read. I loved this book! With its sweet romance, skillful suspense, and enjoyable story, it was a perfect read. Mary was a wonderful heroine. She was strong and independently minded, refusing to let others rule her life. And, she was also a kind-hearted, genuinely likable character. I thought she was lovely. Arran was amazing. He was so sweet and, when this man fell, he fell hard. Nothing could stop him from being with the woman he loved, not even a centuries old feud. He was clever, sweet, and I totally loved him. The romance was jut lovely. Mary and Arran were so wonderful together. They were both very strong and willing to fight for what they wanted. I really appreciated that they didn't bother with denial. Instead, once they both recognized their feelings for each other, they were willing to do anything to hold on to each other. Not to mention the chemistry between them. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. Throughout the book, as Mary and Arran were on the run, the suspense and the constant worry that they would be caught kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the story and the ending was perfect. Rogue with a Brogue was a brilliant historical romance. I absolutely loved this book! Everything about it was just lovely and I enjoyed it from start to finish. Romance lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
The MacLawrys and the Campbells have been fighting and killing each other longer than anyone can remembers. Each family must make strong marriage alliance to secure their position against the rival clan, so when Arran MacLawry’s older brother goes off to London and decides to marry a sassenach, it’s up to Arran to go chasing after him and put a stop to it. There, at a Mayfair masquerade ball, Arran meets the alluring and vivacious “Lady Vixen,” a witty young woman in a fox mask who immediately captures Arran’s interest and attention. But there is just one problem — “Lady Vixen” is none other than Lady Mary Campbell! Mary is a spirited young woman held back by the demands and wishes of her vicious, controlling father. Though she has lived in England all her life (“for her own protection”), Mary understands the need to put Clan Campbell above her own desires. However, she does draw the line at marriage to a brute as nasty and vicious as her own father. Arran was a brusque at times, but sweet and caring for both his family and Mary. His romantic pursuit of Mary was charming, especially in the beginning when he didn’t quite realize why he was drawn to her. The romance in Rogue with a Brogue is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Both families are feuding without knowledge as to why and yet Mary and Arran fall in love almost at first sight. However, what I loved about Ms. Enoch’s interpretation of this trope is that Arran and Mary develop a barbed friendship first which develops naturally into love. It didn’t seem forced or ridiculous at all and the dramatic tension of Mary and Arran’s race to the Scottish border was thrilling and often had me reading on the edge of my seat wondering what obstacle was coming next. They are well-matched in wit and some of the antics they get into are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny! My one complaint is that it ended far too quickly. All this delightful build-up, then suddenly one person shows up and everything is hunky-dory. Although it was the natural conclusion of the story, I felt like the end should have been a bit more well-paced to match the rest of the book. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com
BANGLEDANGLES More than 1 year ago
The heat between the characters is captivating. Suzanne Enoch has the reader cheering for the characters while feeling the need for understanding from the feuding families. The tension builds clear to the end and keeps the reader reading until way later than a normal bedtime.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! "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... Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox's mask is one of them." Suzanne Enoch  I loved everything about this book. It was so wonderful to see these two fall in love knowing they should be sworn enemy's. They know they should stay away from each other but are drawn back to each other over and over again.  If you love a good highland tale then I highly recommend this series. It is not a stand alone book. I'd start out with book one The Devil Wears Kilts (5*) where you'll meet all of the main characters in the series.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Loved it This is the third book I read from Suzanne Enoch and I loved it. Arran Maclawry and Mary Campbell story is fantastic with adventures, romance and beautiful dialogue.I am looking forward to read the next book in this amazing series. Thank you Suzanne Enoch
srbSH More than 1 year ago
“Devil” Ranulf’s next oldest brother Arran MacLawry had raced to London when he became aware of Ran’s infatuation with Charlotte Hanover. He wants to put an end to that, because for him it is inconceivable that a Scot could fall in love with an English woman. To make matters worse, Ranulf is pressuring him to become betrothed to Ranulf’s former intended, Deirdre Stewart. What a mess! Also in London and staying with the Hanovers is sister Rowena who is there to make her debut; for her sake Arran consents to attend a Sassanach masquerade ball. Wearing a fox mask – and to avoid dancing with Jane, Rowena’s friend who is infatuated with him – he asks someone wearing a vixen mask to waltz. And what a waltz! But when he discovers the next day that he has waltzed with a Campbell (!!!), he’s furious and waylays the offending Lady Mary Campbell to berate her for not only having made him look foolish, but also for jeopardizing the fragile peace between the two clans. But they keep meeting secretly, and Arran discovers that Mary is not just a pretty face and that she, like Arran, shares the dilemma of being forced into marriage “for the clan”. Her choice is between 2 distasteful men (one just plain boring and the other a brute); Arran’s is to be wed to the simpering Stewart. Arran, too, is not just a pretty face; he’s heroic, a skilled warrior, and protective and so he gives Mary the courage to defy her conventional and dutiful life and come away with him. Mary is smart, clever, open to the laughter they share, indeed fully open to the idea of life as his partner. Thus begins their long flight to Gretna Green with murderous Campbells and MacLawry’s after them, with spies in their midst to hinder their progress, and with help in unexpected places. Owing to these well drawn, appealing characters, The Rogue with a Brogue is a terrific read. NOTE: the next book is about Rowena, but I’m keeping my eye open for the one about brother Munro, aka “Bear”.
Tricia_FtWorth More than 1 year ago
This book has been my favorite so far in this series- fast paced, page turner. It is a nice entertaining spin on Romeo and Juliet. Where - rarely for romance books - the hero and his lady knew what they wanted from the beginning and the drama comes from the families around them. I wish the villains had gotten their real due in the end, but we still have two siblings to go, so hopefully they will then. Series number says this is #2 - don't forget the novella "One Hot Scot", it ties in with this family.
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Walks in crying.