How could you resist that title?! We all know I’m a sucker for a Regency romance, especially if it involves Scotsmen, so this was a must-read for me!
Book: It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch
Read before: No
Ownership: E-ARC provided via NetGalley free of charge. All opinions my own.
This was such a fun read! It’s the story of three Scottish brothers who are forced, by the terms of their inheritance, to come to London to pick English brides from among the ton. The brothers, naturally, hate this plan, and hate the mother who is enforcing it (she left them as children as she couldn’t stand Scotland any longer). We focus on Niall, the middle brother, who unexpectedly falls in love with Amelia-Rose – who is, unfortunately, the bride chosen for the eldest brother, Coll…
This has one of my favourite things to find in a romance – messy families! It’s more lighthearted than, say, A Lyons in Winter (which I reviewed recently), but the tangle of emotions both in Niall’s family and Amelia-Rose’s adds a lot of interest and tension to the story. I really liked the way that the three brothers differed from each other, and their different reactions to the task of finding an English wife. I’m definitely keen to read the other brothers’ stories! I also really liked the fish-out-of-water aspect created by bringing these Highlanders to London – I like stories in wild Scottish castles, and I like ones in refined English drawing rooms, but I found the combination really fun and original, and an excellent way to again, show off the different personalities of the brothers.
I liked Niall and Amelia-Rose together, very much! He’s kind and funny, but somewhat in the shadow of his older brother, and she’s trying very much to suppress her sense of humour and self-worth to be the perfect woman her mother wants her to be. They both bring out a cheeky streak in the other that is really lovely to read – yes, it makes for fun banter, but also, it shows that they can loosen up and be themselves with each other. I was really rooting for them! I look forward to seeing them cameo in future books, just ribbing each other and making each other laugh. It’s the kind of relationship I love to read about.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone who enjoys a lighter-hearted romance – if you’re a fan of Austenland, Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons series, or Georgette Heyer, you will probably love this! It definitely gets 5 out of 5 cats from me!