Type: Historical Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Copy: NetGalley
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…
This is the kind of historical romance that I love to read. Kerrigan Byrne has created a unique story with an unusual heroine that sucked me in and made me want to finish it in one sitting. An American on the run and a man at war with his past make for a feisty and intriguing couple. There was adventure and danger, romance and emotion. Samantha and Gavin are thrown together due to circumstances beyond either of their control and their romance develops at their own quirky pace.
I’m not usually a fan of prickly leading ladies who want nothing to do with a man, but Samantha grew on me quickly. In trouble with the law in America, she travels to Scotland to stake a claim on some land and find sanctuary in her new homeland. What she doesn’t count on is the big sexy Scot who has had his eye set on that land his entire life. Fighting his advances – both on her and her land – quickly becomes a losing battle.
Gavin St. James has earned a peaceful life. Having grown up in a household with a cruel, abusive father and a withdrawn mother, he knows all too well how evil people can be. All he wants is to emancipate himself from his clan and forge a new life for himself on the land adjacent to his. The only roadblock is one tall, skinny, foul-mouthed American who intrigues him as much as she annoys him.
When the ideal solution to Samantha’s past troubles and Gavin’s desire to own her property comes in the form of a marriage of convenience, they both enter it reluctantly. There is an undeniable chemistry between them, but neither is looking for love. Samantha has already had her share of man troubles, she doesn’t want any more.
Gavin has suffered his own heartbreak and vows he has nothing to give except his name and his protection.
This book was interesting and funny and sexy and entertaining. The verbal sparring between Gavin and Samantha was the best sort of non-physical foreplay. They made me laugh and kept me turning the pages just to see whether they’d be lovers or fighters. The author did a wonderful job of creating characters who turned out to be exactly what the other needed.
I give The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne 4 stars!