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    Exciting, compelling; sublime!

    Lady Juliana Bernard had to get married quickly so that her beloved niece Grace would not end up with a villain for a guardian. Juliana departed for Scotland, where she would ask her best friend, Fitzwilliam Vaughan, the Duke of Blackmore to marry her. After all, they had been betrothed since childhood. Alas, during the months when she'd had no news from him, Fitzwilliam had found love. In view of everything that happened, Logan Blair, Fitzwilliam's brother would marry her and set things right, even if it's the last thing he wants. Goodness me, where to begin? TO WED A WILD SCOT has one of the most dramatic prologues I have ever read, and crucial in understanding Logan's motivations. If the prologue doesn't grab your attention, nothing ever will. Logan hates the English, and it's entirely justified, but what he did was wrong, and made Juliana's predicament even worse. I was on the edge of my seat from the first pages, and completely involved in the story. Anna Bradley writes with superlative assurance, her words impart movement, emotions, a feeling of urgency; you're not reading the story, you're living it. There are so many splendid scenes, but the reason why Logan had first noticed Juliana is utterly memorable. The euphoria of a heroine who is not an imbecile! She's all business, she's on a mission, and she will do everything to ensure Grace's well-being. Juliana is simply magnificent, she has to be one of my favourite heroines ever! And she needed her backbone of steel, because Logan is a formidable adversary. And if you enjoy seeing a hero grovelling to atone for his many mistakes, Logan is your man. By chapter six, I was nearly moved to tears because I couldn't fathom how it would all work out for the better. Neither could I see how the romance would play out, because it seemed like mission impossible. TO WED A WILD SCOT is a masterpiece of stellar storytelling, with a brilliantly crafted and very intricate plot, and enough twists and turns to make your head spin, and all of them believable. I have seldom seen so many exceptionally complex and well defined characters whose interactions are, at times, painfully realistic. The villain, whom we had met in Book 1, The Wayward Bride, is absolutely perfect; no moustache-twirling ogre with bad breath here, my friends. I had loved to hate him then, and he remained true to himself. I'm not sure how Ms. Bradley did it but, while this story was set up in the previous installment, TO WED A WILD SCOT stands entirely on its own. I could have done - again - with fewer sex scenes, as I started skimming them at some point. Now, this is a personal preference, and I know most readers disagree with me: the Gaelic. I don't know how to pronounce it, I don't know what the words and expressions mean, and when they're not immediately translated, I just stop reading them. There is a Gaelic glossary at the end, but I'm too lazy to go check. I never "penalise" the author, but for me, too much Gaelic constitutes a minus. Still, TO WED A WILD SCOT is a superb, intelligent, exciting, and historically accurate Regency romance. And do read the Author's Notes at the very end, as they are most enlightening. Ms. Bradley's dazzling eloquence, her sublime prose, clever dialogues, and supremely compelling characters are the icing on this scrumptious cake.
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    Nice Read

    We met Lady Juliana Bernard in The Wayward Bride, book one in this series. I really liked her in that book because she was intelligent, caring, and seemed to have her act together. In this book, Juliana seems to be a tale of two people. In the Scottish portion of the book, she is strong, intelligent, caring – stubborn and determined. In the English portion of the book, she seems to shrink as a person. I did enjoy both locations, but the Lady Juliana that we meet and get to know in Scotland is much more relatable than the one we meet in England. Logan Blair loves Scotland and his clan above all else. He is devastated by the clearances that are happening all over Scotland and does everything in his power to help the people – especially those on his lands. Well, technically they aren’t his lands and technically he isn’t laird, but he was raised to act as laird and to care for the people of the land. Logan has a twin brother who is eighteen minutes older than him and it is that brother who owns the lands and the lairdship. That could all be well and good, but the two brothers were separated shortly after birth – the older brother was raised by his uncle in England and the other was raised in Scotland. Logan’s brother is the heir to his uncle’s dukedom and they haven’t seen each other in all that time. When I mentioned that Logan would do everything in his power to help his people – that is literally true – and what he does causes harm to others without his meaning for it to do so. When the person who was harmed turns up at his door, he doesn’t feel guilty at all because what he did was for the good of his clan. But then, he comes to understand the real harm he’s caused – not that he is inclined, at first, to remedy the situation. Lady Juliana is as dedicated to her young niece, Grace, as Logan is to Scotland and his clan. When she acted nobly – in The Wayward Bride – she thought she had another alternative. However, she hasn’t heard from that alternative in months and her time is running out. If she isn’t married soon, before her father dies, she’ll lose custody of Grace to a really despicable character. She absolutely cannot allow that to happen and takes off for Scotland to track down her betrothed. This story is well-written and well-plotted but I did have a little trouble understanding how Juliana came to Love Logan so quickly. He’d done something that could ruin not only her life, but her niece’s as well, and he showed no remorse for it nor any real intention of making amends. Yes, don’t get me wrong – I LOVED Logan – I just didn’t get how she could become so enamored of him so quickly. On the other hand – I can easily see why he’d come to care for her – she was honest, brave and strong. I couldn’t give a 5-star rating because there was just too much – misconception, jumping to conclusions, and total lack of communication. They spent more time angry and not speaking than they did actually speaking which is why I came to question the true romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    A romance with angst

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. 4.25* 😍 This was my first Anna Bradley’s book – and I loved it! There’s so much bantering, and funny moments, and love in this book! Yes, there’s also miscommunication, and some moments when the reader is clutching the book, waiting to see what’s going to happen next, but it just made everything more exciting. Juliana Bernard is a woman that decides to take her future in her hands, not just for herself, but for her sweet niece, and she hopes her friend, the Duke of Blackmore, might help her. But when she reaches him, she finds out he’s already with someone whom he’s in love with, and she does not want to break apart two people who clearly love each other. Juliana feels like she has no other option, and when he suggests his brother Logan. Logan is a true Scot, and he’s been keeping Juliana (and her letters) from reaching his brother, for reasons he believed were good, but he starts to understand that maybe that wasn’t his best move. He’s a bit of a brute at the beginning, and it’s not very easy to like him right away. But when we get to see more of him with his family, and clan, it becomes easier to believe he’s a good hero. When he meets Juliana, a proper English lady, he wants nothing with her, even if she intrigues him. Even though he is a Scot, and the last thing he wants is to marry an English lady, he also has the heart of a gentleman, and so, even though they decide not to marry at the beginning of the book, he starts to get to know her, her strong character, her sweetness, how good she is with everyone, how she has the people in his clan ready to marry her and protect her. Maybe an English lady wouldn’t be such a bad idea, after all… When they start to be better acquainted with each other, and stop hating – not hating, disliking – one another, things start to change. But, as usual, it couldn’t be this easy to fix everything, right? Miscommunication and past secrets come up, and threaten the peace that had started to grow between our main characters, and they have to fight to stay together. They have huge trust issues, which is a big part of why they don’t get together sooner. A romance with angst and very different, flawed characters that end up finding love together.
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    love of family

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Available for purchase on 9-17-19, To Wed A Wild Scott is Anna Bradley's second book in the new Besotted Scots series. Offered up for our reading pleasure are Lady Julianna Bernard and Logan Blair, Laird of Clan Kinross. Ms Bradley gives us rather vivid mental pictures of the wildness and beauty of the Scottish Highlands. The entire country is somewhat of a dichotomy, and also an antinomy. There can be beauty in the wildness and wildness in the beauty. This can be applied to our couple. Both strong, stubborn, determined people and yet scared, unsure, and unable to speak their minds. Normal in most people but taken to extremes in Juliana and Logan. Instant attraction doesn't always lead to a smooth relationship. These two are complex and sometimes wearing down. Logan's twin brother was taken away to England as an infant; they don't remember each other. One is Laird and one is Duke, of the same land and people. Their relationship alone could fill an entire book. Lady Juliana has been BFF's with Fitz, the twin, all her life. Their families hoped they would wed, Juliana has already let another man off the hook. Her kind actions have circled back around to become a nightmare. She needs a husband to retain custody of her niece. She travels all over and does un-ladylike things to try and save Grace. It leaves her fierce and shaken at the same time; she's a bundle of nerves and a hot mess. Our couple have to come to terms with the fact that only Logan can save the situation, neither really wants this. It takes so long to work through their feelings & finally have a meaningful talk that I was beginning to wonder at it all. They are lovely people, to be commended on their sense of family, duty, and love. I'm glad they get an HEA. Nice people should always win and find a lasting love. Instant attraction really should be rewarded. Happy reading #Netgalley #KensingtonBooks #ToWedAWildScot #BesottedScotts #AnnaBradley
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    Excellently written - lovely story

    We met Lady Juliana Bernard in The Wayward Bride, book one in this series. I really liked her in that book because she was intelligent, caring, and seemed to have her act together. In this book, Juliana seems to be a tale of two people. In the Scottish portion of the book, she is strong, intelligent, caring – stubborn and determined. In the English portion of the book, she seems to shrink as a person. I did enjoy both locations, but the Lady Juliana that we meet and get to know in Scotland is much more relatable than the one we meet in England. Logan Blair loves Scotland and his clan above all else. He is devastated by the clearances that are happening all over Scotland and does everything in his power to help the people – especially those on his lands. Well, technically they aren’t his lands and technically he isn’t laird, but he was raised to act as laird and to care for the people of the land. Logan has a twin brother who is eighteen minutes older than him and it is that brother who owns the lands and the lairdship. That could all be well and good, but the two brothers were separated shortly after birth – the older brother was raised by his uncle in England and the other was raised in Scotland. Logan’s brother is the heir to his uncle’s dukedom and they haven’t seen each other in all that time. When I mentioned that Logan would do everything in his power to help his people – that is literally true – and what he does causes harm to others without his meaning for it to do so. When the person who was harmed turns up at his door, he doesn’t feel guilty at all because what he did was for the good of his clan. But then, he comes to understand the real harm he’s caused – not that he is inclined, at first, to remedy the situation. Lady Juliana is as dedicated to her young niece, Grace, as Logan is to Scotland and his clan. When she acted nobly – in The Wayward Bride – she thought she had another alternative. However, she hasn’t heard from that alternative in months and her time is running out. If she isn’t married soon, before her father dies, she’ll lose custody of Grace to a really despicable character. She absolutely cannot allow that to happen and takes off for Scotland to track down her betrothed. This story is well-written and well-plotted but I did have a little trouble understanding how Juliana came to Love Logan so quickly. He’d done something that could ruin not only her life, but her niece’s as well, and he showed no remorse for it nor any real intention of making amends. Yes, don’t get me wrong – I LOVED Logan – I just didn’t get how she could become so enamored of him so quickly. On the other hand – I can easily see why he’d come to care for her – she was honest, brave and strong. I couldn’t give a 5-star rating because there was just too much – misconception, jumping to conclusions, and total lack of communication. They spent more time angry and not speaking than they did actually speaking which is why I came to question the true romance. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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