Title: Seduced by a Scot
Author: Julia London
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Highland Grooms #6
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
There’s no matchmaking an unruly heart
When a prominent Scottish family faces a major scandal weeks before their daughter’s wedding, they turn in desperation to the enigmatic fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. Remarkably skilled at making high-profile problems go away, Nichol understands the issue immediately. The family’s raven-haired ward, Maura Darby, has caught the wandering eye—and rather untoward advances—of the groom.
Nichol assuredly escorts Maura toward his proposed solution: an aging bachelor for her to marry. But rebellious Maura has no interest in marrying a stranger, especially when her handsome traveling companion has captivated her so completely. Thankfully, Nichol loves a challenge, but traveling with the bold and brash Maura has him viewing her as far more than somebody’s problem. Which raises a much bigger issue—how can he possibly elude disaster when the heart of the problem is his own?
When I was in high school, many many moons ago, I was a rebel and read nothing but historical romance novels. While other kids were watching tv, or reading YA novels (which honestly weren’t the YA novels of today), I was picking up books about rogues, pirate, and rakes. Over the years, my tastes changed, and I started reading more YA, more contemporary, and more fiction/literature. But I still have shelves and shelves of historical fiction lining my cases in our family room, and every so often I love to go back to them. Julia London has always been one of my favorites, so I was so excited when I received the opportunity to read her newest release!
Seduced by a Scot is the story of Maura Darby, a ward of the Garbett family and Nichol Bain, a fixer of problems among the upper crust of Scotland. The Garbett family hires Bain to “fix” the issues surrounding their daughter’s wedding and to help clear the air when it comes to Maura. Maura is very unliked by Mrs Garbett, who uses any excuse she can to exile her from the house. To fix this problem and to make sure that Maura is well taken care of, Nichol sets up an arranged marriage of sorts for her and off they go on an adventure.
As in all romances, the journey doesn’t always end with the original solution, and Seduced by a Scot is no different. Maura challenges Nichol at each and every turn, and keeps him on his toes. He sees her as a bit of a challenge as well, and despite his frustrations, finds himself attracted to her raven haired beauty. Personally, I highly enjoyed these two characters together. Maura was funny, and feisty and made me laugh on more than one occasion. She wasn’t afraid to go after what she wanted, and she definitely gave Nichol a run for his money. Once I started this one, I had a hard time putting it down, forgoing sleep to read just “one more chapter.” The pacing of this one was excellent, and I never tired of the story. Every chapter revealed just a little more about these two characters and I loved the originality the author used when developing the plot line. Maura is unlike a lot of the historical romance heroines that I’ve read about, and that just made me fall in love with Seduced by a Scot even more.
Now that I’ve finished this one, I’m excited to go back and read the other books in this series. Because I’ve been out of the historical romance game for a while, I have an entire backlist of titles to get caught up, but the Highland Grooms are definitely at the top of the list!