Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms Series #1)

Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms Series #1)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780373789665
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Highland Grooms Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 295,510
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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. 29 reviews.
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The_Avid_Bookivore More than 1 year ago
The hero of this story, Arran McKenzie, is fiercely handsome, loyal and easily heartbroken. The heroine, Margot Armstrong, is beautiful, outspoken and spoiled. Margot's persona didn't catch my attention as much as the plot did, and whether or not she was going to be loyal to Arran or the crown. But, Arran...passionate and proud, had my heart from the beginning. Through the turmoil and chaos and secrets, the two just may get through it all together. And that's what kept me turning the page...not knowing until the end, what was going to happen. I do recommend Wild Wicked Scot to all historical romance fans, especially those who love to read about strong highlanders with a lot of love to give.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with well defined characters. A true story of everlasting love.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story and characters held my interest until the end. I'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great. Loved the story and the characters. Arran was my favorite. Well written and loved it.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the dual perspectives we got from Margot and Arran in both the past and the present because they really came from two different worlds. They saw their arranged marriage in two completely different ways, and at first, neither of them were flexible enough to try to make it work. Arran, the take-charge, rugged Scot, didn't know what he was doing wrong, and Margot, the sheltered English aristocrat, didn't know how to fit in and make a life in a Scottish clan. When the couple is thrown back together the second time, both parties mistrust each other. While they would like to mend the old wounds and find a way to live together, rumors of treason and the fear that Margot will leave again only seem to create an even greater divide between them. It was great to see each of them trying to get to know the other person and try to make the marriage work. I thought the resolution to the outside conflict was a little rushed and took place too much off-stage. I did enjoy the epilogue and the secondary characters who rounded out the story. I'm looking forward to more stories about the McKenzies.
Karen198504 More than 1 year ago
Julia London can certainly tell a great story. She's able to keep the reader's interest. I found myself hoping that Margot and Arran would resolve their misunderstandings and mistrust.
lcdolphin More than 1 year ago
Another incredibly entertaining book from Julia London. This book is the second in the Highland Grooms series - the story of the oldest son from the first. This book can be a standalone, however, and even has a passage that reviews the first book quite nicely. This book is well written with great timing, great characters, great side characters, etc., etc. I'm sure you will have a hard time putting it down, as I did. Highly recommended!
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Pampered English Lady Margot Armstrong was told by her father that she would marry Scottish chieftan Arran MacKenzie. Her pleas fell on deaf ears. She fell in love with her husband but not his cold and dreary castle and the unfriendly people. She ran back to England but missed Arran. Now three years later, she is back and looking for proof that Arran is not a traitor. She was told that he planned to bring French troops into England to fight against the crown. Others in Scotland said that he is a traitor and a Jacobite and wanted to put a Scottish king on England’s throne. He is not a traitor and she has to find proof. Even though their nights are as hot as ever, he doesn’t trust her and knows she is up to something. Great book. I loved the story of Arran and Margot with history of Scotland included. Highly recommended.
gypsydi72 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
What exciting characters and plot
Sassybraz More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.