How to Seduce a Scot
Book 1 in the Broadswords and Ballrooms series
Author Christy English
Narrated by Heather Wilds
Publication date Apr 11, 2017
Running time 8 hrs 29 min
I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.
Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot . . . or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.
Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry, or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians, no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.
Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves . . . and nothing will stop him from having her.
When I feel a book is not good, I have a hard time being diplomatic; I don’t want to be cruel, and sometimes, my writing style tends towards going for the joke. I did not like this book but I always try to find something good.
I think the author probably did a lot of research and seems to use period appropriate language in the dialog. Also, this is possibly meant more as erotic romance, which the industry seems to regard as more about the physically intimate activity than how well written it is.
But that doesn’t excuse the cardboard cut-out characters and weak causality I found in . When a character who is, by all intimations, good and noble, suddenly cannot control his behavior towards a debutante who he knows need to marry and marry well, well there goes honor right out the window. The debutante, Cathrineoverwhelmed by her first season and innocent due to having spent a great amount of time in the country, can be excused, perhaps, in being temporarily carried away by her attraction. But, Alex Waters is a cad who won’t leave the poor girl alone at the same time as he tells her he cannot, not will not, marry this season.
When she asks him to stop he just cannot help himself – and still doesn’t know whether he wants to marry her. This sounds like it was ripped from today’s headlines, not Regency England.
I actually listened twice because I really didn’t remember anything about the story other than there’s a highlander and a debutante.
Much of the plot rests on the idea that because of an anonymous, unasked for, favor creates a lifetime obligation. It’s a bullsh*t plot point. If you are given something anonymously, now or then, it means the person doesn’t want anything in return. I thought the big twist was weak.
I am not particularly crazy at the singsong cadence of Heather Wilds’ narration and I am not sure about her accents. She does seem to have received several acting awards however, so it is probably just me.
The upshot here is that I didn’t like the book — for whatever reason, it was not my cup of tea. I would like to know what happens with Alex’s sister who is a bit of a hoyden, or a tomboy. She is an intriguing character. I am not sure I am willing to go through another book to find out.