REVIEW: KERRIGAN BYRNE – ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED

REVIEW: KERRIGAN BYRNE – ALL SCOT AND BOTHEREDAll Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne
Also by this author: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo, How to Love a Duke In Ten Days
Series: Devil You Know
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 29, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
Tropes: Childhood Abuse
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, St. Martin's Press
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Narrator: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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three-half-stars

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who's made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London's most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he's ever met.

IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother's scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips...Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women...and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

After HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS I was very curious about the next book in Kerrigan Byrne’s Devil You Know series. It took me a little longer than I’d expected to finish this book and I’m still trying to figure out if it just dragged a little or if I’m in a bit of a slump. Or maybe it’s both? This book felt definitely a little longer than the last one. That being said, I still found a lot to enjoy!

First there was the heroine. I LOVE that the author gave Cecilia curves and an unabashed appetite to maintain those and a hero who appreciated that. Cecilia was unbelievably sweet, with so much kindness and forgiveness in her heart, yet so much backbone. She was one of a kind. I adored that she was a scholar and fought for what she believed in without giving an inch.

“Ye’re soft where I am hard,” Ramsay continued with a vehemence that belonged to the same fury simmering in her own blood. “Ye’re kind when I am cruel. Ye remind me that there’s mercy along with justice and that the world is not just black and white but shades of gray.

Ramsay wasn’t easy to love up until the 50% mark and when I get annoyed with a main character for that long it’s a little hard to believe in the romance. He had a stick right up his rear, was uptight and wouldn’t listen. Behind his grumpy attitude lay a wounded soul not unlike Cecilia’s. But while Cecilia met the world with an open mind and sweetness, Ramsay was deeply distrustful of everyone and especially women and this heroine was on the receiving end of his ire. But oh when he opened up and let Cecilia’s sweetness seep into his heart, that was stunning and that’s when I started to like and eventually love this complicated character.

“You’re critical, grumpy, terrifying, and all sorts of wrong for me, but damned if I don’t think you’re the most beautiful human to walk the face of this earth—”

ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED has a complex plot that includes suspense and a whodunnit that wasn’t too hard to solve. There are some action and twists along the way that took me by surprise.
While this may not be my favorite by this author I’m still glad I got to read Cecilia’s story. Plus, if there is one thing Kerrigan Byrne excels at it’s writing angst and beautiful words. I marked a lot of quotes that just settled in my heart. Now I’m looking forward to Francesca’s book – from the blurb I can’t tell whether we have met the hero yet so I’m intrigued!

Her eyes affixed on his lips, finding a hint of the divine where malice had once been. A glimpse of the eternal. An echo of forever.

About Kerrigan Byrne

Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, USA Today bestseller 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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three-half-stars

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1 Comment

  • I get what you mean with having difficulties to love a hero when, for so long, he is quite unloveable… Great review Astrid!

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