The Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.
They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.
Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario who uses his slightly menacing charm to get what he wants—including too many women married to other men. But now, Gavin wants to put his shady past behind him…more or less. When a fiery lass who is the heiress to the land he wishes to possess drops into his lap, he sees a perfectly delicious opportunity…
A marriage most convenient
Samantha Masters has come back to Scotland, in a pair of trousers, and with a whole world of dangerous secrets from her time spent in the Wild West trailing behind her. Her only hope of protection is to marry—and to do so quickly. Gavin is only too willing to provide that service for someone he finds so disturbingly irresistible. But even as danger approaches, what begins as a scandalous proposition slowly turns into an all-consuming passion. And Gavin discovers that he will do whatever is necessary to keep the woman he has claimed as his own…
Kerrigan Byrne has fast become an auto-buy, favorite author for me in the Historical Romance genre. While I do love a sweet, fun, easy Regency romance, I also can’t resist a darker read. And this author does dark so well. Every time I open a new book in this series I have to mentally prepare myself because I know that the first chapter is going to be tough to get through. In this case, the scene that sets the stage for Gavin’s backstory is one we’ve seen before, just from his point of view. He is after all the Demon Highlander’s younger brother, and Liam’s story was told in book three, The Highlander.
I wasn’t sure what to think about this couple at first. Gavin is such a douchey douche. He survives his childhood and then basically decides to become the opposite of his father and brothers. He uses his charm and good looks to get through life, rather than brute force and violence. He has a way with women and apparently has used his way with women many, many, many times over the years. Of course after the brief look into his childhood and what he endured, I knew that all of this was a façade to hide the darkness inside. He is absolutely, 100% determined to separate himself from the MacKenzie name and clan. He has a plan and it involves acquiring a neighboring property which he plans on using as grazing land for cattle. The only problem is the woman who inherited the land absolutely does not want to sell to anyone from the MacKenzie family. So he decides to use his notorious charm on her to get his way… and it does not work out like he expected.
With tendrils of her dark hair escaping the braid and wildly floating about her fierce expression, she could have been the Celtic Queen Boudicca facing General Suetonius.
Gavin had never tried harder in his life not to be impressed.
Sam, our heroine, has her own dark backstory. Not quite as dark as Gavin’s, but not a bed of roses either. I liked her immediately. She is bristly and in your face with her insults, brutal in her honesty and doesn’t know any other way to be but herself. She rides and shoots just as well, if not better, than any man and knows it. She is no one’s fool, despite feeling duped by her first husband. In an impossible situation, and with her future on the line, she tries to resist the charming and handsome Lord Thorne. She tells so many lies, and then keeps those untruths to herself long after I thought she should, but I can’t say I didn’t empathize or understand with why she did it.
It took me some time to enjoy them as a couple. I’m not sure exactly why, maybe because they are so different, or maybe I felt like Gavin was bullying Sam into liking him and I wanted her to resist as long as she could. I loved his reactions to her capableness, but I couldn’t help but want Sam to keep resisting and for Gavin to have to change his set in ways to win her affection. But, as with any book, there is a scene where something bad happens and Sam is in peril and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. I wanted that reaction from Gavin that proved he cared more than he wanted to admit. I knew this particular scene would be a turning point in their relationship. The big moment when things changed for them.
The other thing Kerrigan Byrne does well is bring the heat in her love scenes. All that self-confidence and experience Gavin has in the bedroom is utilized once he and Sam fall into bed. Their relationship turns from antagonism to lust and then to love. Yes, there is a big climax at the end where all of Sam’s secrets finally come out which forces Gavin to face some uncomfortable truths and requires him to man up and admit his feelings to his lover. It was a satisfying conclusion and I liked how they achieved their HEA. The epilogue was a nice look into Gavin and Sam’s future and there’s even an interesting hint at which character might be appearing in the next book in the series.
The Scot Beds His Wife is another well written, enjoyable read in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne. I’m already looking forward to the next release. Final Grade-B
She’d stolen into love with Gavin St. James in small, imperceptible shifts of the cosmos.
Demons and all.
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About the Author:
Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan Byrne uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in every book. She lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her handsome husband and three lovely teenage girls, but dreams of settling on the Pacific Coast. Her Victorian Rebels novels include The Highwayman and The Highlander.
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