The Devil Wears Kilts is the brand new Scandalous Highlanders series from mega talented author Suzanne Enoch. This lovely book gets the series off to a wonderful start with the story of Ranulf MacLawry and Lady Charlotte Hanover. It was a romantic story about an unlikely and stubborn pair of lovers and how much they learn to compromise for their love.
The book opened up to an adventurous beginning that had Ranulf following his runaway sister to London. The spoiled sister, Rowena, has found refuge with the Hanover family, old family friends of her late mother. Ranulf barges in determined that his sister return home right away. Instead, the unruly Scot finds himself thwarted and neatly managed by Lady Charlotte, who is appalled by his ungentlemanly ways. Having mostly raised his younger sister, Ranulf seems to cherish the girl and decides to stay for a while. His plan is to let her enjoy the social scene, while he guards her from his enemies and any distasteful Englishmen. The story was not without suspense, as it soon becomes obvious that the MacLawry clan has many enemies.
Of course, the sparks were flying like crazy for Ranulf and Charlotte. They start off as adversaries with unkind feelings about each other. Charlotte has a deep seated distaste of prideful men who solve things with violence. Just as Ranulf was the wonderful alpha Scot that I've come to love. He was a bit stubborn, he was unruly and possessive, determined to protect what he was his. The author showed how their relationship grew into a friendship, and next into a romantic entanglement. Ranulf went from referring to Charlotte as "That Woman" and suddenly she had his attention in a big way. She became his obsession, only he realized that they came from different worlds. He was willing to do almost anything to make it work.
I loved this book. I liked the characters, and enjoyed watching as their relationship evolved. I liked the element of suspense with Ranulf's enemies. I liked that it never once overpowered the romantic element, except to bring Ranulf and Charlotte closer. What I did not like was how all of the nice English people seemed to be on vacation or lost in the countryside. Everyone kept telling Ranulf not to judge all English the same. Yet, with a few exceptions, he was treated badly by them. My one other complaint would be about the MacLawry sister. She was a brat. We see that she has a crush on her neighbor / kinsmen. I assume that may be a story yet to come. I just hope that she grows up some. A few of her scenes had me gritting my teeth in frustration. The characters in this book definitely caught my attention in a variety of ways.
I want to say that I enjoyed this book immensely. It was so well written and a joy to read. Suzanne Enoch is a powerful voice in the historical romance genre. I loved the wonderful characters that she created in this book. I loved the way she told their story. She captured my interest with the first page, and held it until the end. I am already looking forward to the next book in the series.
The Devil Wears Kilts is one of the best historical romance books that I have read in a while. I definitely recommend it to everyone.
On a mission to rescue his runaway sister from the lure of flowery compliments and a useless lot of satin-clad scalawags disguised by their snooty titles, Ranulf MacLawry, Marquis of Glengask, has roared into British society like a storm across the Highlands. But he's about to find out that satin has its appeal, especially when it covers the curves of Miss Lady Charlotte Hanover-- whose tongue is as sharp as her skin is soft...
Lady Charlotte Hanover has had her fill of hot-headed men, having lost her fiancé in an utterly unnecessary duel. When did brawn ever triumph over brains? And yet there is something solid and appealing about the brash Highlander who's as dangerous in the ballroom as in battle. Sometimes bigger really is better…in The Devil Wears Kilts by Suzanne Enoch.