The second book in an entertaining new series by Suzanne Enoch, Scot Under the Covers was delightfully entertaining and kept my attention from beginning to end. I loved the characters, as always, and seeing the second brother in the MacTaggert trio get surprised by love was hilarious. It hits them with such force that they go from frustrated by the Sassenach women to being entranced by them. It happens so quickly that the reader gets whiplash almost as hard as the men themselves, which just makes it all the more real of a reading experience.
Aden MacTaggert has no interest in the lukewarm Sassenach women who just want to discuss the weather and are horrified by his Scottish manner. However, he is used to his lack of interest being one-sided, as the women are always intrigued by him. Except in the case of Miranda Harris, the sister of his soon-to-be brother-in-law, who dislikes him on principle, since he is a well-known gambler. Miranda hates gamblers. But as she gets to know Aden and eventually needs his help to escape the clutches of a less-honorable gambler, she realizes that not all gamblers are equal. After all, she doesn't really know Aden, and his willingness to help her speaks volumes about his character. Their unlikely alliance becomes more friendly, and both must consider their prejudices as they work to save Miranda from danger.
Aden and Miranda were a funny couple - they couldn't stand each other at first, and then Aden became intrigued by Miranda's dislike of him, which inevitably led to them becoming closer as he tried to determine why he was interested so much in someone who wasn't interested in him. Miranda had a lot of preconceived notions of the type of person who gambles, and she made a lot of assumptions about Aden that were just plan wrong. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow as they learned more about each other, and, while Aden figured it out sooner than Miranda, they fell in love. My one pain point in this book was the brother. The brother who is a despicable character, and yet, other than Miranda, no one else seems to care too much.
I rarely do spoilers, but it's hard to explain without one, so here it is:
He gambles too deeply and ends up selling his sister to a man to avoid paying him money he doesn't have. That's right, folks. He SOLD his sister. He is also engaged to the hero's sister, so you would think that Aden would be a tad upset by this. But honestly, it was brushed over as no big deal. The brother never apologized, the hero's sister worried about Aden killing her fiance rather than about how her fiance sold his own sister to pay his gambling debts. I don't know about you, but I would not marry a man who would sell his sister. I wouldn't. Really no need to think about it. If it weren't for that, this book would have been 5 stars. But the characters' reactions to the brother's actions didn't seem realistic, and I had a hard time with how everything ended.
I look forward to reading Coll's book! He should be very interesting to read about, and I already have a guess as to who he will be matched with. I hope I am right.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**