This Scot of Mine (The Rogue Files, #4)
A daring deception…Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie—that she’s pregnant with another man’s child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster…until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin.She’s the answer to his curse…Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition—marry my ruined sister—it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul.No escaping the truth...Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?

This Scot of Mine (The Rogue Files, #4) Details

TitleThis Scot of Mine (The Rogue Files, #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 26th, 2019
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062463678
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

This Scot of Mine (The Rogue Files, #4) Review

  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I think the author forgot to create an actual plot for this book. I mean, Clara has a fake pregnancy and Hunt has a curse on him and they marry each other without first revealing the truth about either of those things. That isn't a spoiler because it's in the blurb. So what happens next? A whole lot of practically nothing. Then you get an epilogue which is basically just a desperate attempt to interest the reader in reading the next book in the series, focusing on a minor character found in this I think the author forgot to create an actual plot for this book. I mean, Clara has a fake pregnancy and Hunt has a curse on him and they marry each other without first revealing the truth about either of those things. That isn't a spoiler because it's in the blurb. So what happens next? A whole lot of practically nothing. Then you get an epilogue which is basically just a desperate attempt to interest the reader in reading the next book in the series, focusing on a minor character found in this one. I'm not into it.
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  • Esther
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.Lady Clara creates a scandal to flee her engagement from a man she at first thought was handsome but comes to realize is evil to the core. She lets it be known that she was pregnant (but she's not really) but not with her fiancee baby though. She flee's to her brothers and sister-in-law's home in Scotland. She meets Laird Hunt MacLarin in an interesting situation just before she arrives at her brothers home (I'll keep you i ARC provided by Edelweiss and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.Lady Clara creates a scandal to flee her engagement from a man she at first thought was handsome but comes to realize is evil to the core. She lets it be known that she was pregnant (but she's not really) but not with her fiancee baby though. She flee's to her brothers and sister-in-law's home in Scotland. She meets Laird Hunt MacLarin in an interesting situation just before she arrives at her brothers home (I'll keep you intrigued with that little tidbit 😊). She then is formally introduced, as they never exchanged name previously, at her brothers home and is again aware of her being drawn and intrigued by him. Her brother The Duke of Autenberry and Hunt are friends and he shares with him the situation that Clara is in (her brother is not aware that she not really pregnant). Hunt is interested in Clara and her predicament. And part of his interest is because he might have finally found a way to bypass a curse that's been in his family for generations. The males in Hunt's family are cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn child. He believes he would never truly marry or have a family. But now he thinks he just might have found a way to avoid the curse with Clara. The two are attracted to each other but of course try to fight their attraction. They begin to get to know each other with a little sparing and some interesting conversation. Hunt proposes marriage, but Clara is unsure. Clara does confess to her brother that she's not really pregnant but he encourages her to marry Hunt anyway to help him overcome this belief he has of the curse. Clara comes to accept Hunts marriage proposal. Their marriage has a rocky start with the deception that Clara hasn't yet revealed and then Hunt starts having strange "accidents". Clara now questions her decision and begins to realize she is beginning to fall in love with her husband. Clara does tell Hunt the truth and of course at first he's furious. But Clara is determined to fight for her marriage and beat the stupid curse. Hunt comes to realize that he has fallen in love with Clara and wants to live and have a life with Clara. I thought this was a unique and different story line. I enjoyed the characters as well as the chemistry between the two. It was well paced and engaging.
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: The Rogue Files #4Publication Date: 3/26/19# of Pages: 352Lady Clara, sister to the Duke of Autenberry, acted impulsively and ended up betrothed to a cruel man. Her friend, Marian, had tried to dissuade her from the betrothal, but Clara was determined. When Clara came to her senses, she saw only one way out – she told him that she was expecting another man’s child. Now, she is on her way to Scotland to live with her brother and his wife – in disgrace.Laird Hunt MacLarin is cursed – liter Series: The Rogue Files #4Publication Date: 3/26/19# of Pages: 352Lady Clara, sister to the Duke of Autenberry, acted impulsively and ended up betrothed to a cruel man. Her friend, Marian, had tried to dissuade her from the betrothal, but Clara was determined. When Clara came to her senses, she saw only one way out – she told him that she was expecting another man’s child. Now, she is on her way to Scotland to live with her brother and his wife – in disgrace.Laird Hunt MacLarin is cursed – literally. The Lairds of MacLarin have been cursed for five generations. They will never live to see their firstborn son and heir take his first breath. Hunt is determined to circumvent the curse – he won’t marry and he won’t sire a child. He has been very, very, very careful. His only intimate relations are with a barren widow – though he’s tiring of that and he does long to have a family of his own. He’s thankful when the perfect solution is just dropped into his lap. The sister of his friend, the Duke of Autenberry, has arrived in disgrace – she is unwed and expecting. He can marry her and raise her child as his own. Perfect solution.Now, there is where all of the trouble begins. He proposes, she refuses. Good for her – because she knows that he believes he is cursed and she also knows that the only reason he’s proposed to her is that he believes she is expecting. Clara thinks the curse is hokum and can’t believe that Hunt firmly believes in it. Then – her family and friend convince her to accept – but she doesn’t tell Hunt the truth – she isn’t pregnant. She’d show him curses didn’t exist. She’d show him that they could build a life together. And maybe, possibly, they could be happy. They marry – and then the truth is revealed. Hunt is livid at the deception. Then, when they arrive at Hunt’s castle, Clara meets Hunt’s grandmother, Nana. Nana isn’t happy that they have married and especially not happy that Clara lied to Hunt. “Ye be the one.” Clara shook her head in bewilderment. “The one . . . who, ma’am?” “The one tae murder my grandson.” I was really looking forward to reading this story – it had a different spin and seemed as if it would be interesting. Unfortunately, for me, it fell short of my expectations. Here are a few of the things that bothered me.• Clara NEVER, not once, told him that she loved him. He said it – she didn’t. That was disappointing in a romance. She thought about it, but she never told him.• The solution to the curse was a little too abrupt. Plus, it is physically impossible for it to have happened as described. Clara is sitting at the table and then announces that her water has broken. Yet, when the birth happens, the birth is within the caul (actually I think her use of caul may be wrong too - she's actually talking about the birth sack). It cannot be both. For the water to break, the caul (birth sack) has to have ruptured.• Speaking of the curse, it seemed a pretty lame one. You’d think that with a curse like this one, he’d drop dead at the moment of conception, or the earth would open up and swallow him whole, or maybe he’d go up in a burst of flames. Yet, what do we get – a series of benign, non-fatal accidents that could have been fatal, but weren’t.• It is rife with one of my pet peeves – title/formal address issues. These are so easy to research – there is no excuse for getting them wrong.• I guess what struck me the most though was Clara, her brother, her sister-in-law, and Marion all being perfectly okay with deceiving Hunt about the pregnancy. They all KNEW that he sincerely believed in the curse, yet, because they believed differently, it was okay to ignore his beliefs. It didn’t bother them in the least that if they were wrong, it was his life in the balance. For that, I never came to really like Clara.• There are a number of other things, but I’ll not enumerate them here.I liked the basic story – or at least the idea of it – and I really liked Hunt. He was a really good man. I was rooting for him the entire way through.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Scot Of Mine is the fourth book in Jordan's "Rogue Files" series and I have had a blast with this book and its my favorite of the series so far. I still need to read book one, (which I have heard is the fan favorite) however, this book really worked for me and I read it a lot quicker than I e This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Avon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Scot Of Mine is the fourth book in Jordan's "Rogue Files" series and I have had a blast with this book and its my favorite of the series so far. I still need to read book one, (which I have heard is the fan favorite) however, this book really worked for me and I read it a lot quicker than I ever expected. Sophie Jordan is a author I will always be a fan of, I just admire how she writes and she just adds spice to regency that can become a bit boring if you read too much of it. But this book was simply wonderful and it shows how few resources women had to make a good life for themselves and how little rights they had and what strength we see in them. We see it so well in this book.Our story begins with our heroine, Lady Clara, who had to rescue herself from having to marry a man she didn't like and ruin herself in scandal by claiming to be with child. She is traveling to be with her brother who lives in Scotland. On her way to her brother's home, she and her maid and close friend, take a break at a local inn and they get caught up in a bar brawl between two Scots over a bull. And one of them she finds terribly attractive but she is appalled by the level of violence over a cow. As she arrives at her brother's home, she is stunned when his closest friend and neighbor, is the same Scot she saw at the inn.Our hero, Hunt MacLarin, never expected to have such a chemistry with Lady Clara. Hunt fears the future and the risk of having a child. His family has been living under a curse for generations. This curse is one where  every Laird, will never be alive long enough to see their child born. Fatal accidents have killed both Hunt's father and grandfather and he doesn't want the same to happen to him. When he learns that Lad Clara is pregnant though, its the answer to his prayers. He can have a family without being at risk of dying early in his life. There is a strong attraction between Hunt and Clara, and as they form a connection, they will have to rely on each other to face their fears and embrace the present and not concern themselves over the future and to live in the moment.This book truly is a test for both of these characters and I was in love with the "curse". I love seeing some of my favorite authors implement curses into their books, especially into a regency historical romance. Now in this book, I wouldn't say the "curse" aspect isn't as strong as what I have seen other authors write in the past, but I really enjoyed how it didn't overwhelm the story. I really adored the sizzles that pass between the hero and the heroine. Its simply delightful and one of my favorite aspects of the story.From their first meeting, the attraction between these two is heartfelt and what I really appreciated is how even though Clara could have kept the truth from Hunt she chose not to and boy I respected her even more for that. For being upfront and honest, even if that meant Hunt not being willing to marry her. But these two find their way and I really loved seeing how the curse ends here and how Jordan writes it and seeing the importance of not taking the ones you love for granted and also never taking life for granted, to appreciate the precious time we have now. I really loved seeing these characters come together and boy there is so much charm and sensuality in this story. There is a great mix of delightful humor that comes with a Sophie Jordan novel, but some marvelous intrigue too that I was drawn into.Overall I found This Scot Of Mine to be a sensational romance that delivers in style, poise, and wit!!  
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been reading all of the books in this series and this one was definitely my favorite. I really liked Clara and Hunt. They’re both so stubborn and so sassy. I was amused by their push and pull and how much they fought being together. It was fun to see Marcus and Alyse and I’m intrigued about Marian. Plot wise, it was fairly quick moving. There’s a good amount of traveling, but it didn’t feel repetitive. The curse was sort of weird to me; however it really worked for the story and of course I I’ve been reading all of the books in this series and this one was definitely my favorite. I really liked Clara and Hunt. They’re both so stubborn and so sassy. I was amused by their push and pull and how much they fought being together. It was fun to see Marcus and Alyse and I’m intrigued about Marian. Plot wise, it was fairly quick moving. There’s a good amount of traveling, but it didn’t feel repetitive. The curse was sort of weird to me; however it really worked for the story and of course I loved how it worked out. Overall, it was a fun and fast read. I would have liked a bit more at the epilogue, but I’m eager to see what happens with the next book. **Huge thanks to Avon Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    This Scot of Mine: The Rogue Files by Sophie Jordan is book 4 in The Rogue Files Series. This is the story of Clara and Hunt. I have read (and Loved!) the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clara faked being pregnant to escape being married to a man she didn't want. Clara is exiled and runs to her brother, The Duke of Autenberry is Scotland. Along the way she meets Hunt who turns out to be her brother friend. Hunts MacLarin feels his family is curs This Scot of Mine: The Rogue Files by Sophie Jordan is book 4 in The Rogue Files Series. This is the story of Clara and Hunt. I have read (and Loved!) the previous books, but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Clara faked being pregnant to escape being married to a man she didn't want. Clara is exiled and runs to her brother, The Duke of Autenberry is Scotland. Along the way she meets Hunt who turns out to be her brother friend. Hunts MacLarin feels his family is cursed. Hunt feels that when their first born comes, so does the death for the father. So when his friend ask that he marry his sister who is with child, Hunt thinks he can out smart the curse. Of course Clara isn't for it a first due to her lie but is talked into which causes issues of course when the truth comes out about her non baby status. Enjoyed their story and this series!!
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick and satisfying historical romance read. I feel like I know what I am getting with a Sophie Jordan book and she delivers the story with a feel-good factor. The story was a twist on the normal Scottish Laird with a bunch of chemistry and superstitions thrown in to meddle.Clara was in disgrace and sent to her brother, the Duke in the highlands. Except her disgrace wasn't what it seemed and somewhat of her own making. Lies turn into deceit with some hoodwinking on the way and what y This was a quick and satisfying historical romance read. I feel like I know what I am getting with a Sophie Jordan book and she delivers the story with a feel-good factor. The story was a twist on the normal Scottish Laird with a bunch of chemistry and superstitions thrown in to meddle.Clara was in disgrace and sent to her brother, the Duke in the highlands. Except her disgrace wasn't what it seemed and somewhat of her own making. Lies turn into deceit with some hoodwinking on the way and what you get is a big mess. Hunt was a pleasant character, rough-hewn, a little broody but loyal and a straight talker. Clara seemed a bit superior at first but I could see their chemistry and their slow burn towards a deep affection was a great read.The story isn't unique, I've read something similar before but that did not quash my enjoyment and escapism reading about these two. In fact, it was a perfect distraction.I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    The Lairds of the MacLarin clan are cursed - doomed to love but not to live. And for five generations this curse has held, all the previous lairds have died before their firstborn child took it's first breath. Laird Hunt MacLarin has spent his life avoiding the curse - he will not marry and will not father a child - but his carefully laid plans turn to dust when a chance encounter brings Lady Clara, sister of the Duke of Autenberry into his life.Lady Clara is ruined, she has escaped an unwanted The Lairds of the MacLarin clan are cursed - doomed to love but not to live. And for five generations this curse has held, all the previous lairds have died before their firstborn child took it's first breath. Laird Hunt MacLarin has spent his life avoiding the curse - he will not marry and will not father a child - but his carefully laid plans turn to dust when a chance encounter brings Lady Clara, sister of the Duke of Autenberry into his life.Lady Clara is ruined, she has escaped an unwanted betrothal, but the price was exile. She leaves London with her governess/companion Marian and travels to Scotland to live with her brother Marcus and his wife Alyse. She "meets" Hunt when he starts a brawl in the inn she stops at on the way to her brother's house. She is intrigued by the handsome highlander, but at the same time appalled. He is equally taken by her, but puts her out of his mind, as they will never cross paths again.But fate has other plans for these two, they meet again at her brother's home - and when Marcus tells Hunt that Clara is ruined and with child, Hunt thinks he has found a way around the curse - he will marry Clara and raise her child as his own without any danger to himself! But there is a catch - Clara lied, she is not, nor has she ever been, pregnant. She refuses Hunt's offer, but after her family and Marian press the issue, she reconsiders.They marry and truths are revealed - Hunt is angry and tells Clara she has killed him. Clara thinks the curse is nonsense - but is it?I liked this book, but I feel like it could have been so much better, there were a lot of things left unsaid that I think could have added to the story. Hunt and Clara are both likeable leads and have an immediate chemistry, but sadly, I felt like that fizzled out a bit by the end and she never tells him she loves him, which was disappointing. On the upside, there was quite a bit of amusing banter, some warm to steamy love scenes and wonderful secondary characters that helped the story along. I must note that there were a lot of title/formal address errors and some inconsistencies in the story, but this was an uncorrected arc, so it is possible that those will be corrected by publication and therefore, I didn't take them in to consideration while rating this book. This is the fourth book in the series, but it can definitely be read as a stand alone with no problem. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an uncorrected eARC that was provided to me by Edelweiss and the publisher.*
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  • Joana V.
    January 1, 1970
    2.5*I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.Review will be posted at my blog, Romancing Romances, on March 26th. Review Link. This book didn’t start in the best way. I was really excited to read it, since I really like the author, but it just didn’t meet my expectations.Everything felt too rushed, at the end of the book I would not be able to tell you more than one or two characteristics of the hero, and the heroine, who was suppos 2.5*I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.Review will be posted at my blog, Romancing Romances, on March 26th. Review Link. This book didn’t start in the best way. I was really excited to read it, since I really like the author, but it just didn’t meet my expectations.Everything felt too rushed, at the end of the book I would not be able to tell you more than one or two characteristics of the hero, and the heroine, who was supposed to be this strong, fierce lady, just… wasn’t. I would have loved to see the love between Clara and Hunt develop, but no, we a got a curse, a couple that gets married, and that’s about it. I loved the idea of the curse, and I wanted to know more about it, and wanted to see how everyone came to believe it, not just “this happens, so it’s the curse”. And this kind of arranged marriage/forced proximity/insta-love kind of trope, just didn’t work for me. And I really like arranged marriages, when the couples get to know one another, where we start to see who they really are… and that just lacked here. I want to say good things so… the sexy scenes were quite good! And I liked Marian, Clara best-friend. I’m hoping her book will be much better. It had a nice premise, but it did not deliver.
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  • Emilie
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss.I have read other books by this author and so was looking forward to reading this book. I was very disappointed, however. The story was disjointed, the characters were flat, and the plot was weak. I almost did not finish it, but plowed on.The story begins with Clara headed to Scotland after fleeing London from the scandal of informing her betrothed that she is pregnant with another man's baby. On her way she encounters a Scottish laird who fascina I received an ARC of this book through Edelweiss.I have read other books by this author and so was looking forward to reading this book. I was very disappointed, however. The story was disjointed, the characters were flat, and the plot was weak. I almost did not finish it, but plowed on.The story begins with Clara headed to Scotland after fleeing London from the scandal of informing her betrothed that she is pregnant with another man's baby. On her way she encounters a Scottish laird who fascinates her. Upon arriving at her brother's house she discovers that this mysterious man is a friend to her brother. The laird, Hunt MacLarin, has refused to marry because his family has been cursed--each laird will die before his first-born child takes its first breath. Hunt decides Clara will be the perfect wife because she is already with child. So he proposes. She eventually accepts...This book had problems for me from the very beginning. The whole backstory of Clara leaving London because of her nefarious fiancé was glossed over, yet a great deal of the machinery of the plot was devoted to it. Clara's actions in London with regards to her mother and fiancé either needed to be shown (and not told), or much less emphasis should have been placed upon it. I kept waiting for matters to be explained, elaborated upon, or cleared up. But none of that happened.There were also numerous continuity errors that an editor should have spotted. I am hoping that this is just due to the fact that this was an ARC and the book has not been published yet. Surely these matters will be cleaned up before publication. (But I have read countless ARCs that had no mistakes.) There were times when I wasn't sure if it was morning or night, if people had been introduced to each other or not, or why certain things were even happening.I also wasn't sure why the hero and heroine had taken each other into dislike after the first few chapters. I didn't get it, and it wasn't explained well.The pacing was strange, as well. At one point, after about a week had taken place in the book, I thought to myself, "Okay, now the story is really starting. I am ready!" And then I checked and there were only about 60 pages left in the book. I was stupefied. And then a period of six months or more was completely glossed over and took place off of the page. I was stupefied again.This book was full of missed opportunities. The story needed to be tightened up and the plot was full of holes. I did not enjoy it at all. I would not recommend it unless an editor can get in there and fix the problems.
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  • Teresa (Reads_Romance)
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5 Stars**What would we call this trope? The reverse secret baby trope? Idk but it was a unique premise that I enjoyed! One of the best parts of any Sophie Jordan novel is how readable her writing is. I would sit down with THIS SCOT OF MINE, and before I knew it, I was at 25%.The book follows Lady Clara who has had to uproot her whole life and move to Scotland to live with her brother after a scandal in England. On the way, she meets a rowdy Scottish man who brawls over cows. He turns out to **3.5 Stars**What would we call this trope? The reverse secret baby trope? Idk but it was a unique premise that I enjoyed! One of the best parts of any Sophie Jordan novel is how readable her writing is. I would sit down with THIS SCOT OF MINE, and before I knew it, I was at 25%.The book follows Lady Clara who has had to uproot her whole life and move to Scotland to live with her brother after a scandal in England. On the way, she meets a rowdy Scottish man who brawls over cows. He turns out to be the laird of the neighboring estate.Sophie Jordan writes good characters; that’s just a fact. I liked Clara. She was way over dramatic, but I think that was purposeful and it usually made me laugh instead of annoying me. Hunt was adorable, besides his weird obsession with superstition. I liked his sly sense of humor and the way he provoked Clara. Plus, we all know that Ms. Jordan’s love scenes are steamy and super fun.I wish there had been additional on the screen interactions between Clara and Hunt. I felt like a lot of their life together took place off the page, so it was hard to understand their connection besides an instant connection first meeting. I also thought the build up of Clara’s backstory was interesting, but I wanted more from it. There was a lot build-up but no follow through with a character I thought would be more of a villain.Overall, this was a quick and fun historical romance about two stubborn people falling in love in spite of themselves. I am excited to read the next book in the series about Clara’s companion!**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**Find/Follow me on Twitter Instagram and my blog !!
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  • Blodeuedd Finland
    January 1, 1970
    This is my second pregnant lady marries a Scot this year!But this one is different. She told her fiance she was preggers to get away from him. Maybe you should have run away instead of ruining yourself and your family. Women! But Clara did have a good point for getting away cos he was not a nice man. So hide in Scotland with her brother is the answer.Hunt was all Scot. I liked that. But he also deathly afraid of a curse, and from what I saw, that curse is real. Which makes me think of the idiot This is my second pregnant lady marries a Scot this year!But this one is different. She told her fiance she was preggers to get away from him. Maybe you should have run away instead of ruining yourself and your family. Women! But Clara did have a good point for getting away cos he was not a nice man. So hide in Scotland with her brother is the answer.Hunt was all Scot. I liked that. But he also deathly afraid of a curse, and from what I saw, that curse is real. Which makes me think of the idiot that made the curse. Arghh, it really made me hate that woman. Ok so sure make that first man suffer, but all the rest?! That is a lot of families torn apart. Ok so yes there is this curse that will kill him if he fathers a child...But she is already pregnant! Marry herCurses are silly, sheesh these Scots, marry him!There will be tension as truths are told. And they do marry since they are attracted to each other so lots of passion too.Sure the curse is there, but this that is the only suspense thing. And then at the end there is some drama that will lead to another couple, and it did make me somewhat curious.Scots, fake pregnancies and curses! I enjoyed itI think this was my first by this narrator, and she did a good job. A good Scottish accent is everything. There are so many way to play it and she did well.
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  • ♡Julalicious Book Paradise♡
    January 1, 1970
    Original review on Julalicious Book ParadiseAll the books in the Rogue Files are standalone, but really, it helps to have read the first books in the series to get a bit of background.So let’s get started on this review.I won’t lie; I think that this book was my favourite of the series so far. It was quite different from what I had read so far and I found it quite refreshing.Clara has run to her brother’s estate in Scotland after the scandal she created with her lie; a fake pregnancy. Her reputa Original review on Julalicious Book ParadiseAll the books in the Rogue Files are standalone, but really, it helps to have read the first books in the series to get a bit of background.So let’s get started on this review.I won’t lie; I think that this book was my favourite of the series so far. It was quite different from what I had read so far and I found it quite refreshing.Clara has run to her brother’s estate in Scotland after the scandal she created with her lie; a fake pregnancy. Her reputation ruined, she has accepted her fate that she will end her life alone but she hadn’t counted on her meeting with Hunt, a man who will turn up in her life more often that she had first presume upon meeting him.Hunt had never expected to be so intrigued by some woman. He was content with his life though he can’t deny the want of an heir but the curse stops him to pursue that dream. But upon hearing about Clara’s pregnancy, it comes to him that this was exactly what he needed; an heir without needing to go through his family’s curse.After some convincing, Clara accepts his proposal without telling him the truth about her, but following this deception, their future is no longer certain. They are both feisty people and their arguments can be quite entertaining. Also the two of them have easily adapted themselves to their situation not knowing which of them would end up being right.The chemistry between the two of them is hard to miss and as they navigate towards their uncertain future, both of them are giving a second chance that neither of them ever thought was in their cards.I don’t read many historical romances beside Sophie Jordan’s so I don’t know if adding curses to this book is often done, but I think it added to the story a lot.I’m trying to be evasive because I feel like I’m already spoiling this book, but hopefully not. So much happens between the first page and the last that you just get hooked into the book and you can hardly stop to do something else.I’m really looking forward for the next book because I think that it’s going to be quite interesting too. I loved the character Sophie has chosen for her next book and I’m so intrigued about what story she has given her.I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIn order to get out of an engagement to a cruel and violent fiance, Lady Clara tells everyone she's pregnant with another man's child then flees to her brother's home in the Black Isle of Scotland. Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry wants to help his sister and mentions her situation to his friend, Laird Hunt MacLarin, who immediately offers to marry her. The men of Hunt's family are all cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn child, so marriage has always been out of the question 3.5 starsIn order to get out of an engagement to a cruel and violent fiance, Lady Clara tells everyone she's pregnant with another man's child then flees to her brother's home in the Black Isle of Scotland. Marcus, the Duke of Autenberry wants to help his sister and mentions her situation to his friend, Laird Hunt MacLarin, who immediately offers to marry her. The men of Hunt's family are all cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn child, so marriage has always been out of the question for him, but a wife who is already pregnant would give him a way to cheat the curse. Even after Clara confesses the truth, that she's not actually pregnant, to her brother and sister-in-law, they still encourage her marriage, bot to save Clara's ruined reputation and to help Hunt see that curses are not real. But as accidents befall Hunt and their marriage gets off to a rocky start, Clara starts to question her own beliefs, and her feelings about her husband.I had some mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed it, but some of it got just a little bit repetitive towards the middle/end. It's all about Clara's pregnancy and their surety of Hunt's impending demise. I was invested in the story at this point, so it was okay in the long run. This book was really a bit disjointed and could use some more editing for continuity, which I'm sure it'll get since this was an ARC. It would've been nice to hear or be shown more about exactly why Clara's previous fiance was so vile, and more development of the actual relationship between Hunt and Clara; she just seemed to wishy-washy to me for most of the book. Overall this was an enjoyable read that I'd recommend to others.I received a complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Monique
    January 1, 1970
    Her need to get away from the Earl of Rolland was so great, that Lady Clara Autenberry deliberately ruined herself by telling him she was expecting another man's baby. Clara then fled to her brother's in Scotland to live out the rest of her life in spinsterish misery. If only she had not met that brawny Scot, Laird Hunt MacLarin. Hunt is an honourable man, he would have loved to have a family of his own, but there is that curse that has plagued the MacLarins for generations. A MacLarin man does Her need to get away from the Earl of Rolland was so great, that Lady Clara Autenberry deliberately ruined herself by telling him she was expecting another man's baby. Clara then fled to her brother's in Scotland to live out the rest of her life in spinsterish misery. If only she had not met that brawny Scot, Laird Hunt MacLarin. Hunt is an honourable man, he would have loved to have a family of his own, but there is that curse that has plagued the MacLarins for generations. A MacLarin man does not survive the birth of his first child. But what if it's another man's child?After reading the book description, if you think you know what to expect, think again. It takes a lot for me to really cry, and towards the end, the waterworks wouldn't stop! I could not imagine how there could ever be a happily ever after, and it was achieved with dazzling brilliance! Sophie Jordan has again accomplished the impossible; she found every clever way to turn this type of story around and make it entirely original. There are only a few characters in the novel, but every one of them managed to surprise me several times. Both Clara and Hunt are truly lovely people, and the romance is fabulous. It progressed logically, it was very passionate, there was quite a bit of drama, no silliness, and it was so well done! THIS SCOT OF MINE is such a marvellous story that I devoured it in no time, and it is a full-length novel! What a treat!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Hasnamezied
    January 1, 1970
    love it.
  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clara Autenberry is completely disenchanted with her unpleasant fiancé. She devises an unusual plan. She tells him that she is pregnant with another man's child. This ruins her in his eyes. What's more is she is ruined in the eyes of society, so Clara flees to Scotland, to the hone of her brother, Marcus, the duke of Autenberry, and his wife, Alyse. She may alwas be a spinster, but at least the ruination and unavoidable gossip won't follow her.When she mees Laird Hunt MacLarin, her thoughts Lady Clara Autenberry is completely disenchanted with her unpleasant fiancé. She devises an unusual plan. She tells him that she is pregnant with another man's child. This ruins her in his eyes. What's more is she is ruined in the eyes of society, so Clara flees to Scotland, to the hone of her brother, Marcus, the duke of Autenberry, and his wife, Alyse. She may alwas be a spinster, but at least the ruination and unavoidable gossip won't follow her.When she mees Laird Hunt MacLarin, her thoughts of forever being alone all but flee in her mind. She is very much drawn to him. Hunt is equally enthralled with Clara, but due to a curse that has afflicted his father and grandfather, he feels he must always be unmarried. When Marcus suggests that Hunt marry his sister, it is for a specific reason - beyond the attraction. The thing is, Hunt needs an heir, but when men in his family line get close to fatherhood, they are beset by tragedy and they have all died.Hunt has an unbelievable opportunity to become a father. As he has not impregnated Clara, he won't be affected by the curse. Maybe they can enjoy the carnal pleasures of husband and wife for a time, until the child is born, and then the can continue on living seperate lives, albeit husband and wife. A perfect plan.No plan is foolproof, however. At first, Clara refuses Hunts offer of marriage. When she does choose to marry him, however, she knows she must tell him of the fact that she is not pregnant. Quite naturally, they fall for one another, and Marcus, indeed, does come under the threat of the curse. This Scot of Mine was a fun story, full of steam, romance, the aforementioned curse, and unusual accidents. The story flowed quickly and had a terrific conclusion. This was a nice addition to a successful series. I look forward to continuing this series. This Scot of Mine is the fourth book in The Rogue Files series, preceded by While the Duke Was Sleeping (2016) and The Scandal of it All (2017) and The Duke Buys a Bride (2018), to be followed by The Duke's Stolen Bride, due for release this fall.Many thanks to Avon and to Edelweiss for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Heikemarie
    January 1, 1970
    Those of you who know me know I love a good historical romance. Historical romance in particular is what I read when I am in a reading slump, or when I am in between holds at the library. I find them to be quick, entertaining, and intellectually engaging. In the world of romance, Sophie Jordan is on my auto-buy list, along with Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James. I hope you’ll go and check out her works if you’re thinking about diving into historical romance – she may become your new favorite author Those of you who know me know I love a good historical romance. Historical romance in particular is what I read when I am in a reading slump, or when I am in between holds at the library. I find them to be quick, entertaining, and intellectually engaging. In the world of romance, Sophie Jordan is on my auto-buy list, along with Sarah MacLean and Eloisa James. I hope you’ll go and check out her works if you’re thinking about diving into historical romance – she may become your new favorite author!This was, as the starred rating might indicate, not my favorite Sophie Jordan book but was still quite good. There are many positive aspects to the book that mean I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this one to a friend. The basic premise is that a young lady, ruined despite her high-profile engagement, is fleeing to the Scottish countryside to avoid the scorn of the ton. Was the really ruined? Not all is as it seems. And when the handsome young man she saw punching his way through the crowd at an earlier inn turns out to be a friend of her brother’s, things get interesting quick. There’s some confusion, secrets are kept and spilled, and something about a curse…This is one of only a handful of Scottish to English love stories that I thought have been handled appropriately. The hero was not treated like meat and while he had his “rugged” aspects (such as first meeting our heroine mid-brawl over a bull, but you know), he wasn’t the “barbarian” figure that I detest. The author neatly handed the question of Culloden, for a historical nod, and everyone got on with the business of being men and women in love. Of course, there is witty repartee. The sex is steamy and fun to follow. There are great supporting characters, including the Brother. I can’t remember the last time a brother in a story was kind and supportive of his sister without being oppressively protective! I loved it!I think what really knocked this one down in my esteem was that cutesy names were used for anatomy (a pet peeve of mine) and a couple of phrases were repeated in multiple sex scenes, which took me out of the scene for sure. Overall, this is definitely a read that I enjoyed, and finished in one day! Great for folks who are interested in some female self-determination and Scottish brogues!!I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book comes out February 20, 2019! This review was originally posted on my blog: https://ireadthereforeiam.wordpress.com/
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  • Norah Gibbons
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for a fair review. This Scot Of Mine by Sophie Jordan is the fourth book in her Rogue Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the series as it’s very enjoyable. When the true character of her betrothed becomes clear to her Lady Clara Autenberry unable to get out of the engagement any other way has let it be known she is ruined. Banished to her brothers house in Scotland,she meets Laird Hunt Ma I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for a fair review. This Scot Of Mine by Sophie Jordan is the fourth book in her Rogue Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the series as it’s very enjoyable. When the true character of her betrothed becomes clear to her Lady Clara Autenberry unable to get out of the engagement any other way has let it be known she is ruined. Banished to her brothers house in Scotland,she meets Laird Hunt MacLaren and sparks fly. Hunt has never considered marrying because he believes his family to be under a curse that says he will die before his first child draws breath. He proposes to Clara thinking to get around the curse because he assumes that the rumours around her banishment are true and she is already pregnant. Clara not believing in curses, not wanting to become a spinster and attracted to Hunt accepts. I very much enjoyed this delightful tale of a not so convenient marriage of convenience. Medium Steam, Publishing Date March 12, 2019. #ThisScotOfMine #Edelweissplus #SophieJordan #AvonImpulse #HarperCollins
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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Clara Autenberry is ruined by her own hand, with help from a less-than-savory former fiancé. Discovering far too late that her betrothed is not what he seems and not being able to reconcile her soon-to-be life with her own example of love and happiness in her family, she pretends to have strayed and become pregnant, all for him to drop her. Of course, being the age it was, the plan works, but Clara is ruined and the subject of gossip and shunning by the tonne, a group that she had always fo Lady Clara Autenberry is ruined by her own hand, with help from a less-than-savory former fiancé. Discovering far too late that her betrothed is not what he seems and not being able to reconcile her soon-to-be life with her own example of love and happiness in her family, she pretends to have strayed and become pregnant, all for him to drop her. Of course, being the age it was, the plan works, but Clara is ruined and the subject of gossip and shunning by the tonne, a group that she had always found judgmental and difficult. To save her family in London from her scandal, she and her former governess, now companion, Marion, set off for her older brother’s house in Scotland, where she is welcomed and will be a help when his wife has their first child. Excited for the change although sad for the separation and chaos she’s leaving behind, they undertake the journey. Unfortunately, not being able to be honest with her own family, in fact only Marion knows of her lies, Clara arrives in Scotland at her brother’s house, warmly welcomed, but it is clear that they are worried for her. And, her first night she is to dine with her brother, his wife and their “friend”, a dashing Scot that she ‘met’ in the midst of a tavern brawl, and she’s not been able to forget her reactions to him. Hunt MacLarin is the Laird of the clan, taking his responsibility for his people seriously without actually ever believing he can find love or father a child due to a curse on his family. But the English lady has captured his interest, unlike any before her, and with his friend Autenberry explaining her reasons for being in Scotland, Hunt thinks he has found the perfect solution. A ready made family if he and Clara should marry, saving her from the disgrace, her child from the ignominy of bastard and allowing him to raise and love a child, despite the curse. This was quick reading, clever and while a bit worrisome with the deception, the oft repeated curse and some out of historic context language, both Clara and Hunt are adorable. He’s so determined to care for his clan and family, and desperately wants to be a father, husband and protector all which conflict with the curse, and Clara is so lacking in self-esteem – being a different “type’ to the norm with her olive complexion and dark hair. Having the example of love and happiness in her own childhood home, and now with her mother remarried and raising young twins, she’s not only intrigued by Hunt but reveling in the quiet surety of his regard. Well, mostly. She meant to tell him the ‘real’ story before their wedding night, and well, she didn’t. And it’s not until the morning after that he knows the real story – one that he and his grandmother – a fearsome believer in the curse is happy with, and several ‘near misses’ serve to reinforce the sense of doom. Clever escapist reading that isn’t highly original and occasionally repetitive, but fitting in with the ‘rogues who really aren’t” theme of the series and providing some laughter and heart along the way. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Erica Chilson
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars This Scot of Mine is the 4th installment of The Rogue Files series, and I can attest to the fact that it can easily be read as a standalone. When I sat down to review this title, I made the surprising discovery that I've only read installments 2 & 4. In the future, I plan on going back to book 1, rereading 2, and so forth. Lady Clara is embroiled in several scandals of her self-creation in order to have an excus I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads 5 Stars This Scot of Mine is the 4th installment of The Rogue Files series, and I can attest to the fact that it can easily be read as a standalone. When I sat down to review this title, I made the surprising discovery that I've only read installments 2 & 4. In the future, I plan on going back to book 1, rereading 2, and so forth. Lady Clara is embroiled in several scandals of her self-creation in order to have an excuse to leave her affianced, whom she learned is not the man she felt him to be. With this being historical romance, with the societal pressures placed on women, this scheme took a lot of moxie on Clara's part. She flees to Scotland to her brother's for safety, who believes her schemes, thinking she's truly pregnant, which leads to some angsty deliciousness. On her journey, she meets Hunt... After their meet-cute of sorts, where they didn't exchange names, Hunt is surprised to discover the woman he met is none other than his best friend's sister. Intrigued with Clara, Laird Hunt MacLarin feels he's found the solution to the curse he believes he's been afflicted. Instant-intrigue, insta-lust, but the novel doesn't fall into the trap of insta-love. Clara and Hunt fight their attraction, leading to many banter filled interactions dripping with romantic tension, creating a believable connection. I couldn't read fast enough to see how they would behave around one another next. Ordinarily, the purpose of a romance novel is to get married, a quick epilogue with a happily ever after, but this novel takes a different turn. Obviously in this genre, the couple will get together, so this isn't a spoiler. The marriage is a slight focal point, but not the ending. The mystery unfolds after the marriage, where the story turns unique, as the curse seems to come to fruition. Not to mention deceptions are revealed, where they felt they were doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, mainly Clara taking her brother's advice, as they both so badly wanted to 'cure' Hunt. The novel was fun yet emotional, lighthearted yet at times heavy hitting. The unique premise made it a page-turner. I highly recommend Sophie Jordan to historical romance readers. Not only do I look forward to the next in the series, I cannot wait to go back to the beginning, as it was a happy surprise to realize there are two books waiting for me that I've yet to read.
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  • Tarra
    January 1, 1970
    This was a quick read, but there were too many little things I didn't really like.I never felt the true romance between Hunt and Clara. There was a lot of telling us how much passion, but not a lot of show (and I'm not talking about the steamy scenes, which were pretty good). Months of time went on and their relationship, as we are told, builds, but we weren't really given any scenes showing us little moments between Hunt and Clara. I don't feel we saw these two as a couple together enough. What This was a quick read, but there were too many little things I didn't really like.I never felt the true romance between Hunt and Clara. There was a lot of telling us how much passion, but not a lot of show (and I'm not talking about the steamy scenes, which were pretty good). Months of time went on and their relationship, as we are told, builds, but we weren't really given any scenes showing us little moments between Hunt and Clara. I don't feel we saw these two as a couple together enough. What made them click? And one odd thing in a romance novel, "I Love You" was never uttered by the H/h to each other. Only Hunt says it when Clara was unconsious, but she never says it to him, nor does he say it again when she is at full sensibility. Also, the whole premise of Clara fleeing to Scotland revolves around a horrible fiance, someone who was bad enough that she would fake ruination, fake a pregnancy, and disgrace her family name, over marrying him. So what did he do exactly? All we're told is he was bad. She never even discusses the situation with Hunt, who was left to believe that Clara was in love with someone in London. Again, these characters just never talked to each other!The curse was a bit silly. A few accidents happened to Hunt at the beginning of the pregnancy, then we are told months go by in bliss, then an minor accident in the end, before the happily ever after. Meh. It seemed a bit lazy writing with all the fast forwards (not to mention with all the months they were together and all the months that we were told past, this must have been the longest pregnancy ever).
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  • Nina Reads Too
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to start reading Clara and Hunts' book. I was a huge fan of Clara in the last book and I wanted to see how this character journey of romance. I really enjoyed these two characters and Hunt is really hot. However, this trope was not new for me and I would like to have seen it with a twist. Sophie Jordan is one of my auto buy and I will continue reading her work. If you like historical romance with highlanders and marriage of convenience trope with a curse than this book is for yo I was so excited to start reading Clara and Hunts' book. I was a huge fan of Clara in the last book and I wanted to see how this character journey of romance. I really enjoyed these two characters and Hunt is really hot. However, this trope was not new for me and I would like to have seen it with a twist. Sophie Jordan is one of my auto buy and I will continue reading her work. If you like historical romance with highlanders and marriage of convenience trope with a curse than this book is for you!
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Solid writing of fun characters who had their moments but weren't given enough space to shine in this slightly undercooked story line. The book is based around a curse. The thing is, that curse is never explained or examined again for out clauses or loop holes. No one looks at the specific wording; or questions it's meaning. To be honest I couldn't remember the exact wording when it does come up through the story. That bugged me, as I spent the whole time thinking about the loophole. 3.5 stars. Solid writing of fun characters who had their moments but weren't given enough space to shine in this slightly undercooked story line. The book is based around a curse. The thing is, that curse is never explained or examined again for out clauses or loop holes. No one looks at the specific wording; or questions it's meaning. To be honest I couldn't remember the exact wording when it does come up through the story. That bugged me, as I spent the whole time thinking about the loophole. Said loophole when it occurs is a bit odd too. The other major story point that I disliked was the lie to each other / fail to disclose pertinent information before you wed plot point. I kept waiting for it to be handled in a clever way but nope. Historic romance 101. I just didn't want that for these characters. Our hero and heroine are actually great, but the only adventures and mishaps they have together are in the first half of the book. The second half was boring. We had so much potential with the reiving neighbours plot point, but even that was just dropped and never wrapped up. What happened to the bull?!Overall an easy read with characters I liked, it was just a bit boring for me in the back half with an unbelievable and slightly hurried end.
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  • Maida
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely unique story, even sexy, once you get past the deception subplot. Hunt and Clara’s meet-cute was fun and after the explanations, they’re actually great together. I loved the Carpe Diem mindset in view of the curse and I cheered at the improbability of the happy-ever-after ending. Also, gorgeous cover.
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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    Not Very Satisfying The whole story revolved around the curse of the McLarin Lairds, it was intriguing at the beginning and the characters were engaging enough. It would have been good, if they have explained how did they break the curse. The prologue was about it, I was hoping that the epilogue would be the conclusion. Alas, in the end, it’s only all assumptions on the readers part. Maybe because Hunt married her when he thought that he was pregnant with another man’s child or probably because Not Very Satisfying The whole story revolved around the curse of the McLarin Lairds, it was intriguing at the beginning and the characters were engaging enough. It would have been good, if they have explained how did they break the curse. The prologue was about it, I was hoping that the epilogue would be the conclusion. Alas, in the end, it’s only all assumptions on the readers part. Maybe because Hunt married her when he thought that he was pregnant with another man’s child or probably because Clara delivered twins instead of just one bairn. Or maybe, they were just a superstitious lot and there was really no curse to begin with. Merely unfortunate incidents from the previous lairds. Moral of the story though was to live for the present and to not let the future stop you from claiming or doing what you want.
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  • Jessica (the naptime writer)
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a complimentary copy of this book via Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own. 4.5 StarsFor much of this book, the main characters are consumed with thoughts about impending death—specifically, death caused by a centuries-long curse—and yet Sophie Jordan’s This Scot of Mine gave me so much happiness, both reading the book and later, when I found myself daydreaming about a HEA fiercely fought for.There’s something about the zealous interplay between the main characters: the s **I received a complimentary copy of this book via Edelweiss+ but all opinions provided are my own. 4.5 StarsFor much of this book, the main characters are consumed with thoughts about impending death—specifically, death caused by a centuries-long curse—and yet Sophie Jordan’s This Scot of Mine gave me so much happiness, both reading the book and later, when I found myself daydreaming about a HEA fiercely fought for.There’s something about the zealous interplay between the main characters: the stubborn, resourceful, and utterly magnificent Lady Clara Autenberry, who is so determined to avoid marriage to her repulsive intended that she tells him she is pregnant by someone else (a huge no-no in their society but the lie results in her freedom from the engagement and her exile to Scotland), and the kind, honorable, and also (*praise hands*) virile Laird Hunt MacLarin, who has feared the curse haunting his family since he was born. You know, the curse that basically dooms any males in his family to death upon having their first son.I kind of got goosebumps the first time that Clara and Hunt meet one another because Jordan does it so deliciously. There’s so much fire between them, and while initially it’s pretty antagonistic, you can see how easily it can (and will) be turned into something sweeter, though no less passionate.Then there’s the plot of this fantastic book, which really gets going with Clara’s lie, and includes so many dramatic moments that kept me invested and thrilled to how sensational it all was. A curse! A marriage that starts with a lie! A terrifying granny, making threats in the dark! You get the picture.Sigh.I would have liked to have seen a bit more relationship evolution between Clara and Hunt that wasn’t specifically related to the curse. I didn’t doubt the strength of their relationship in any way, but I felt like I was missing some of the work showing how they became so emotionally invested in one another. But there was so much that I was wild about in This Scot of Mine, and reading it was a joyful, diverting experience that I could hardly bear to stop until the last words were read. I can’t wait to read the rest in the series.
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  • Jamie Brydone-Jack
    January 1, 1970
    Can an English Bride Break a Scottish Curse?It's always fun when a romance starts with a curse! In fact, this book starts with a curse that impacts all men of the McLarin line; they will not live to see their firstborn draw his first breath.This curse has held for five generations. The current last of the male line has been very restrained in his approach to women. He knows he cannot have a family and children like most men, but he is able to find comfort with a widow who is barren.Our heroine i Can an English Bride Break a Scottish Curse?It's always fun when a romance starts with a curse! In fact, this book starts with a curse that impacts all men of the McLarin line; they will not live to see their firstborn draw his first breath.This curse has held for five generations. The current last of the male line has been very restrained in his approach to women. He knows he cannot have a family and children like most men, but he is able to find comfort with a widow who is barren.Our heroine is hightailing it to Scotland on the heels of ruin. She consciously set up her ruin in order to evade marriage to a man whom she was discovering was cruel. Rolland states he will not let her go, so the only thing she can think of to tell him is that she is pregnant with another man's child. She isn't, of course. She removes to Scotland to live out her days with her brother.Her brother, Marcus, let's Hunter McLarin know about his sister's downfall, and immediately the laird offers marriage. It seems an ideal circumstance for him, as he can have a wife and a child.  We the reader know she's not really with child, and Clara does grapple with whether she wants to marry this man at all, whom she first saw brawling in a pub, and then if she wishes to deceive him in order to marry. Her companion and brother think she should marry and not disclose that she is not really pregnant until after the marriage; none of the English group believes in curses and can't quite believe that the Scot does. Only Marcus's wife has qualms about Clara marrying before full disclosure.They do marry, and he quickly discovers that she is not pregnant; the laird is NOT pleased. Honestly, this is the only part I did not enjoy the book. McLarin is a complex, broody, careful, and thoughtful man, but his response to finding out about this seems counter to the man we had come to know in the earlier part of the book. He does become more like himself again, but after his response to her after their wedding night, I almost stopped reading the book because I so disliked his reaction to it. I never like it when the hero acts cruelly to the heroine right after marriage consummation.From their one time together, of course, Clara becomes pregnant. The rest of book deals with the emotional aftermath of this, as Hunt falls victim to small accidents that put him in peril, putting all on edge about the possibility that the curse has merit. The book does have a satisfying, HEA resolution.Except for the one part I didn't like, I found a book to be well written. The book starts with Clara as she is heading to Scotland from London, now a ruined woman. The author does a good job of only telling us what we need to know as we need to know it. For instance, the author only reveals at first that Clara is ruined, but we don't know why or how. Even as the book goes along, we only learn a little at a time about the entire situation that transpired between her and her former betrothed. The book has solid plot turning points as the story unfolds.
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    Review originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...This Scot of Mine has a premise that has a lot of potential…but it was unfortunately not executed well. However, one of the good points was the characterization and the dynamic between Hunt and Clara. While it could have gone all wrong, and even predicted it going wrong, due to the fact that they each had some big secrets that they were keeping from one another, I did like that it didn’t take until the end for it to come to t Review originally posted here: https://courtneyreadsromancesite.word...This Scot of Mine has a premise that has a lot of potential…but it was unfortunately not executed well. However, one of the good points was the characterization and the dynamic between Hunt and Clara. While it could have gone all wrong, and even predicted it going wrong, due to the fact that they each had some big secrets that they were keeping from one another, I did like that it didn’t take until the end for it to come to the fore, and that the potential ramifications of the curse was something they tried to navigate together.However, this resolution of that conflict, and the book sometimes describing long stretches of time passing led to my interest in the book flagging. There just wasn’t much of a plot to speak of in the second half. And I’m not sure if I’m the only one, but I found the wording of the curse, and how it was meant to be broken super confusing. There is an attempt to establish some of the mechanics of how it works, with the mention of the ways his forebears met their end, but I just didnt’ really get how the curse was broken this time. This was only one of the things that was left rather vague, with her ruination not described in detail, beyond the fact that she apparently faked a pregnancy to get away from her awful fiancee.I’m also beginning to wonder how long this series will go on for, especially as there’s a cliffhanger (in the tradition of this series) setting up the next book, which is about Clara’s uninspiring friend, Marian. I will probably read it to see what happens and if it is any better, especially that since I do hope that Clara’s sister, Enid, will still have a book in the future, and how it will be handled.However, I feel like this book could have used some improvement in terms of pacing and further clarification in terms of plot elements, as a lot of it felt a little too rushed. I do still think it is worth checking out if you like a fun historical romance, but I’m not sure if it is one I would enthusiastically recommend.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan is packed with heat, tension, and intrigue. I kept wondering when the Laird would have his finally moment. So many close calls, and he still remains near his bride. Fear set aside, he can no longer run away from the family curse. He will stay with his wife and see her give birth, or die trying.Hunt McLarin is a fascinating Scot. He draws attention of a ruined English woman in a bar and has since been captivated by her. Her beauty and interest in him spark his d This Scot of Mine by Sophie Jordan is packed with heat, tension, and intrigue. I kept wondering when the Laird would have his finally moment. So many close calls, and he still remains near his bride. Fear set aside, he can no longer run away from the family curse. He will stay with his wife and see her give birth, or die trying.Hunt McLarin is a fascinating Scot. He draws attention of a ruined English woman in a bar and has since been captivated by her. Her beauty and interest in him spark his desire. Hunt cannot think of anything else but her. Damn the family curse! He wants her. Only her...Clara was once besotted with a wealthy English man. He seduced her with his charm. Only to lose it when he claimed her will never let her go. Creepy! But this woman isn't frail or weak. She devises a plan to get away from him. Only it works but at a price...Clara is to flee her only home and family. Leaving to leave with her brother and his wife. It is there that her life becomes filled with complications, desire, and adventure. Sophie Jordan created a fun yet charming tale. I loved the Scottish time periods. The men with their alpha exteriors and hearts of gold. Brave, strong, and sexy, is exactly what Laird Hunt is. He was determined to get he wants. And he got it. More than what he expected, he and Clara fight for their passion. I was lost within this emotionally charging story. The characters pulled and tugged at my heart-strings. I knew immediately I was a goner. Overall, I recommend this novel to all. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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