Series: Scandalous Highlanders #2
Published by St Martin's Paperbacks on July 29, 2014
A ROGUE FOR EVERY LADY
London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that...until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…
THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN
Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk…in Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch
The MacLawrys and the Campbells have been fighting and killing each other longer than anyone can remembers. Each family must make strong marriage alliance to secure their position against the rival clan, so when Arran MacLawry’s older brother goes off to London and decides to marry a sassenach, it’s up to Arran to go chasing after him and put a stop to it. There, at a Mayfair masquerade ball, Arran meets the alluring and vivacious “Lady Vixen,” a witty young woman in a fox mask who immediately captures Arran’s interest and attention. But there is just one problem — “Lady Vixen” is none other than Lady Mary Campbell!
Mary is a spirited young woman held back by the demands and wishes of her vicious, controlling father. Though she has lived in England all her life (“for her own protection”), Mary understands the need to put Clan Campbell above her own desires. However, she does draw the line at marriage to a brute as nasty and vicious as her own father.
Arran was a brusque at times, but sweet and caring for both his family and Mary. His romantic pursuit of Mary was charming, especially in the beginning when he didn’t quite realize why he was drawn to her.
The romance in Rogue with a Brogue is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. Both families are feuding without knowledge as to why and yet Mary and Arran fall in love almost at first sight. However, what I loved about Ms. Enoch’s interpretation of this trope is that Arran and Mary develop a barbed friendship first which develops naturally into love. It didn’t seem forced or ridiculous at all and the dramatic tension of Mary and Arran’s race to the Scottish border was thrilling and often had me reading on the edge of my seat wondering what obstacle was coming next. They are well-matched in wit and some of the antics they get into are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny!
My one complaint is that it ended far too quickly. All this delightful build-up, then suddenly one person shows up and everything is hunky-dory. Although it was the natural conclusion of the story, I felt like the end should have been a bit more well-paced to match the rest of the book.