All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2)
They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who's made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London's most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he's ever met.IN THIS GAME OF LOVE, THE RULES DO NOT APPLYCecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother's scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips...Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women...and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2) Details

TitleAll Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 29th, 2020
PublisherSt. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN-139781250318862
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical

All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2) Review

  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book with my whole heart!!! I just love the way Kerrigan Byrne writes, and she has yet to let me down. We've got a gigantic Scottish grump of a hero who grows utterly obsessed with our kindhearted, fierce sunshine of a heroine. I love this kind of hero – he might be a grump to everyone else in the world, but he will turn into the mushiest, most tender sweetheart when it comes to the heroine (and her ward). And hello, age gap! This has all my favorite tropes in one book.If you love I adored this book with my whole heart!!! I just love the way Kerrigan Byrne writes, and she has yet to let me down. We've got a gigantic Scottish grump of a hero who grows utterly obsessed with our kindhearted, fierce sunshine of a heroine. I love this kind of hero – he might be a grump to everyone else in the world, but he will turn into the mushiest, most tender sweetheart when it comes to the heroine (and her ward). And hello, age gap! This has all my favorite tropes in one book.If you love your historical romances with passion, intrigue, and a good dose of angst, you need to read this book. Hell, you need to read all of Kerrigan Byrne's historicals. I love the concept of this series surrounding our three heroines, nicknamed the Red Rogues, and cannot wait for our third and final lady's story, about Francesca, to come out!
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  • Jultri
    January 1, 1970
    Warning! Highly unpopular opinion coming up - and spoilers.Lordy, this was a mess. The plot was poorly conceptualised, the characters underdeveloped and while I love most things purple, the Ms Byrne's prose suffered from a serious case of violaceous overdose even though red is the favoured colour of the story - as in The Red Rogues (red-haired heroine and her two best friends who for some reason label themselves as rogues and adopt male pet names), the Crimson Council, the Scarlet Lady (heroine' Warning! Highly unpopular opinion coming up - and spoilers.Lordy, this was a mess. The plot was poorly conceptualised, the characters underdeveloped and while I love most things purple, the Ms Byrne's prose suffered from a serious case of violaceous overdose even though red is the favoured colour of the story - as in The Red Rogues (red-haired heroine and her two best friends who for some reason label themselves as rogues and adopt male pet names), the Crimson Council, the Scarlet Lady (heroine's inherited alter ego). I am familiar with her writing - the dramas, the angst, the embellished prose. What I've sampled in the past, I did enjoy. This unfortunately did not work out for me at all. The basic gist is that she's an orphan whose university education had been sponsored by a mysterious benefactor, who turned out to be her maternal aunt. When the latter passed away, Cecilia inherits the fortune, her business (gambling hell and more) and becomes the new Scarlet Lady. The hero, Ramsay, is the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court who has spent much of his professional career investigating the Scarlet Lady and her dealings and suspected link to the evil Crimson Council, a shady entity of unknown powerful persons thought to be responsible for the disappearance of young girls and human trafficking. After this rough sketching of the plot, Ms Byrne unfortunately failed to bring her renderings into sharp focus. Instead they remain vague, highly abstract and colourless. So much didn't make sense. My reading was forever interrupted by me making furious and frustrated notes about the inconsistencies and disjointed plot and huge leaps of inference. That and me nodding off to sleep every few paragraphs. Cecilia's character was all over the place. Towards Ramsay she was flirtatious, then fearful and intimidated, then back to coquettish, then back to distrustful and scared, all the while feeling lustful of course. Floating adrift and directionless for so long after achieving her university degree in mathematics, she desperately grabbed hold of the notion of running her aunt's establishment without having the faintest idea what she's getting herself into, not knowing whether it might be a front for procuring and selling young girls to the sex trade. Yet she inexplicably and blindly defended this legacy against Ramsay's line of questioning without even taking any time out to investigate the truth. She reacted without blinking to the fact the little girl, her ward that she also inherited from her aunt, shared her surname and instantly developed an attachment to her. No questions asked. She was supposed to keep her identity as the new Scarlet Lady apart from her other life as bookish Cecilia Teague of the Red Rogues fame, but then brought her two fellow rogues to the den for an open inspection, making it obvious to everyone to draw the connection. Then she readily allowed herself to be whisked off to Scotland and deserted her new business mere days after inheriting (still clueless to the running of the place), after she fought so hard with Ramsay to keep it running and viable. And what's with the constant blubbering? Get hold of your emotions, woman! Ramsay's character did not fare much better. He was the Lord Chief Justice but behaved like a Bow Street Runner, doing all the dirty street work himself. He had apparently been in his role for years and had amassed a fortune after coming from extremely humble beginnings. Who knew Chief Justices earned so much money. However, despite investigating The Scarlet Lady and her business dealings for many years, he was clueless to the fact that Cecilia had no deep (or even superficial) knowledge of the running of the place. In fact, for a guy who rose to the top presumably because he was good at his job, he missed a lot of obvious clues (like the fact that Phoebe was not really Cecilia's daughter for so many reasons). He pressed her for knowledge of who might want to harm her, believing she knew more than she let on, but then in the next scene, he suspected she was responsible for the bomb exploding wrecking part of her business. Why on earth would she want to bomb her own place? He was supposed to be this hard and cynical man but turned out mushier than porridge, considering marriage to her after one kiss and readily confessed his feelings to his brother and Cecilia herself. Then there's the villain himself, linked to the wicked Crimson Council by the most tenuous of clues (view spoiler)[, that he and Ramsay both employed the services of this man who latter turned out to be quite dodgy. (hide spoiler)] Eh, so should that not put Ramsay himself under suspicion? Or just maybe, they were both fooled by the same guy? And how do we go from this low level suspicion to conclusively declaring him to be the criminal mastermind a few chapters later, when no other evidence had been unearthed since Ramsay himself was distracted by the lovely attractions of Cecilia to continue any further investigative work? The little girl's speech fluctuated between childlike to highly sophisticated and wise for a seven year old. As for the prose:"Pain pierced where the heart should be. Tears leaked where her eyes should be. "Okay, so her heart feels empty now, I get that, but where the hell did her eyes disappear to??? The mental image is seriously freaking me out!ARC provided by Net Galley.
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  • Debby
    January 1, 1970
    Oh how I love Kerrigan Byrne and this book. A story of how enemies can become lovers with one caveat...the gap in ages. I loved the banter between the main characters and could not stop reading this story once I got started. Truly a hard to put down book.When I first started reading Ms. Byrne's novels, they were light-hearted romances but now this one goes a bit dark bringing out child and emotional abuse, degrading name calling and shaming full figured women. However, although the story brings Oh how I love Kerrigan Byrne and this book. A story of how enemies can become lovers with one caveat...the gap in ages. I loved the banter between the main characters and could not stop reading this story once I got started. Truly a hard to put down book.When I first started reading Ms. Byrne's novels, they were light-hearted romances but now this one goes a bit dark bringing out child and emotional abuse, degrading name calling and shaming full figured women. However, although the story brings out some of these facets, it was still a wonderful historical romance with laughs, danger and twists. One big plus for me was Cecilia being a curvy and voluptuous woman bringing the worst but good out of Ramsey. Oh how I just adored that and the attraction between the two that made their being together work.One question Netgalley asks of its readers is whether we like the cover of the book. I did like the cover, however it did no justice for the heroine as it really did not reflect her physical appearance as written in the book. This story was well-written, lovable and just plain enjoyable for this reader.Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Katrina
    January 1, 1970
    *This review has been copied from my blog, literarylovebooks.com*Age gap romances are my least favorite trope. And yet, Byrne (of course) made it work! This enemies to lovers/age gap romance ticked all my boxes and some I didn't even know I had! I loved every second of reading this fantastic book. Our hero, Ramsey, is the worst. He's got reasons- but he's the worst. And then there is Cecilia or Cecil. She is a bright light in the dark world of London. There is an instant attraction and then an i *This review has been copied from my blog, literarylovebooks.com*Age gap romances are my least favorite trope. And yet, Byrne (of course) made it work! This enemies to lovers/age gap romance ticked all my boxes and some I didn't even know I had! I loved every second of reading this fantastic book. Our hero, Ramsey, is the worst. He's got reasons- but he's the worst. And then there is Cecilia or Cecil. She is a bright light in the dark world of London. There is an instant attraction and then an instant hate and it worked. It worked sooo good!What I love out of every grumpy/sunshine romance is when the heroine brings that big, alpha, jerk face to his knees! I live for those scenes. But of course our sweet Cecilia does it in the most kind and loving way. The hate and then the eventual love these two have for each other burns brighter than the Red Rogues' hair. The banter, the one liners, the epic take downs- Ohhhh- it's my catnip! I literally could not stop reading. I read until I fell asleep with my kindle on my face. I just had to know what was going to happen next. The story kept me so intrigued that I ignored everything until I finished it. I feel like Byrne out shinned herself with this one. I was completely blown away by it. This series is quickly becoming one of my most loved. Absolutely spectacular!!!***Quick note on the cover*** I know authors have little to no control over their covers. SOOO, I'm looking at you St. Martin's. I've said this about other covers and other publishers and I'm going to keep saying it until it stops. Do not use skinny cover models when the character is not skinny herself. Nope. Stop. Cecilia is mocked for her weight all her life, she is described as "round", "hefty", "curvy", "voluptuous", "thick", "girthy", "wide"... There are a lot of words to describe that beautiful cover model but none of these specific words can be attributed to her. You wouldn't use a heavy set woman on a cover of a book when the character is described as skinny- so why do the opposite? What is even the need of doing that? If you put things out into the world, you should pay attention to what you ARE putting out into the world. There are plenty of curvy, beautiful, red-headed women that could have been the model on this cover. I guarantee it. I had this problem with the Chasing Cassandra cover and I have a problem with this one as well. All's I can say is do better. ***That's it. End of rant. This book is fabulous. Absolutely fantastic. And I'm anxiously awaiting the next book!
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh... so good. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Have you ever met someone that you felt an immediate pull, a strong affinity towards? I have and it’s an interesting feeling. That’s the type of thing we get to watch unfold with this upcoming story.Cecelia has an interesting background and has no relatives to speak of until she is told she’s inherited a huge empire that includes what appears to be a house of gambling and ill repute.Head spinning, she also finds she is the keeper of secrets and has a most unpleasan Sigh... so good. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Have you ever met someone that you felt an immediate pull, a strong affinity towards? I have and it’s an interesting feeling. That’s the type of thing we get to watch unfold with this upcoming story.Cecelia has an interesting background and has no relatives to speak of until she is told she’s inherited a huge empire that includes what appears to be a house of gambling and ill repute.Head spinning, she also finds she is the keeper of secrets and has a most unpleasant a run-in with the Vicar of Vice. Soon she finds herself in a love-hate quandary.Byrne is a master at historical romance that offers a unique tale to be devoured with the tangible escalation of passion-filled foreplay. The heated exchanges will spoil you against any other guy.But Ramsey is a bit slow on the uptake. But then again the big guys always fall the hardest and Byrne creates the perfect offset to Cecelia.Action filled romance at it’s finest with twists you never saw coming, All Scot and Bothered is a fun, yet heated book you will just fall for!* copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/all-scot-and...
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  • Michaelene
    January 1, 1970
    Content Warnings are at the end of my review. They are missing in the book's blurb, and imo, they need and should be thereKerrigan Byrne writes magic. Plain and simple.I love Kerrigan Byrne. I like my historical romances high angst, high passion, high intrigue, and Bryne delivers that in spades every. Single. Time. Cecilia was my favorite! She knows what she wants and she's had a hard childhood, but will that stop her? I don't think so. She stands up for what she believes in, and she isn't willi Content Warnings are at the end of my review. They are missing in the book's blurb, and imo, they need and should be thereKerrigan Byrne writes magic. Plain and simple.I love Kerrigan Byrne. I like my historical romances high angst, high passion, high intrigue, and Bryne delivers that in spades every. Single. Time. Cecilia was my favorite! She knows what she wants and she's had a hard childhood, but will that stop her? I don't think so. She stands up for what she believes in, and she isn't willing to give up her hopes and dreams or let anyone tell her she can't do something, regardless of what one prim and proper Chief Justice Ramsay thinks.The dialogue between these two was perfection! Funny and tension-filled and equal parts lusty and romantic.Ramsay is my favorite type of hero, too. Uptight and guarded, but you know once he lets himself loose... Yes, please! Also, there was one scene where he took off her spectacles and SET THEM ASIDE FOR HER. *collective sigh*. A guy who can care for your glasses like that is a keeper, imo.I also have to tout Ramsay's "come-to-the-light" moment. It's probably one of my favorite realization moments EVER. It was beautifully done, and I got all teary-eyed, and it was lovely and URG...I'm going to re-read it again.The side characters truly shine here, too. If you're looking for a gritty historical with a lot of laughs, a lot of danger, a lot of banter, and a lot of mystery and intrigue, then you're in luck. This is what you're looking for.5 stars!My only complaint was that this book didn't list the content warnings: child abuse (emotional and deprivation), child trafficking, slut shaming, some gore, death on page (not main MCs), fatphobic language.I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5 stars rounded to 5)Plot/Storyline: 📖 📖 📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋Romance: 💞💞💞💞Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔Sexual Tension: ⚡️ ⚡️⚡️⚡️Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆 🍆 🍆 SAFETY: See end of review for safety warnings.To start, I’ll say that I liked this book a whole lot more than How to Love a Duke in 10 Days. I found the beginning so much more compelling. I didn’t dislike the intrigue plot line which is something I struggle with but usually find worth it with Kerrigan Byrne.I loved the m Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5 stars rounded to 5)Plot/Storyline: 📖 📖 📖📖 Feels: 🦋🦋🦋🦋Romance: 💞💞💞💞Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔Sexual Tension: ⚡️ ⚡️⚡️⚡️Sensuality: 🔥🔥🔥🔥Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆 🍆 🍆 SAFETY: See end of review for safety warnings.To start, I’ll say that I liked this book a whole lot more than How to Love a Duke in 10 Days. I found the beginning so much more compelling. I didn’t dislike the intrigue plot line which is something I struggle with but usually find worth it with Kerrigan Byrne.I loved the main characters. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about Cecelia after the first book. She was a little annoying to me in it. But I adored her here. It was so lovely to have a truly larger heroine. Not just curvier, but actually big. I loved that she was both self-conscious but confident. That may sound weird, but I sometimes get really annoyed with reviews that disparage heroines who deal with esteem issues. Yes, it’s wonderful to encourage women to love themselves for who they are, but as a woman who has been overweight for literally my entire life, I can say with incredible certainty that it is next to impossible ignore decades of recrimination from all angles. Even in my 40s, when I have come to terms with my size and mostly don’t give a rat’s ass what people think, the doubts still creep in from time to time. Cecelia dealt with this too and I felt like Kerrigan Byrne made her so relatable. She was bright and happy, despite bouts of self-consciousness. But comments from her childhood, and even adulthood, the fact that no one considered her marriageable due to her size, she questioned whether Ramsey would find her attractive. But what made her so great was that she trusted him when he told her and showed her that he liked her bigger body. And her bigger body was perfect for Ramsey, who was a giant Scot. I understood Cecelia’s attraction to him on an extremely personal level. I’m 5’9 and large and part of what I loved about my husband when we first met was that he was 6’4 and built like a football player. He made me feel small where no one else ever had. That’s how Ramsey made Cecelia feel and I relished in that for her. It’s a wonderful thing if you’ve never experienced it. I think Ramsey is one of my favorite heroes ever. He’s just so big and sexy. A mountain of rock and stone on the outside. A valley of soft, warm earth on the inside. But he has spent so much of his life cultivating his exterior that his heart is barren. He’s so cold and aloof. He is a man of judgement and icy superiority. He looks down on anyone who isn’t perfection. Who doesn’t live a morally superior life. And as Lord Chief Justice, he rules without mercy and without forgiveness. Most of this is because he is so, so lonely. He’s a void of emptiness and sees no value in pleasure or even much in life. It seems as if his mission in life is to get through it without an ounce of feeling, so he can just die one day and have it all be over. He denies himself all indulgences, unwilling to enjoy anything or to even see the point in it. All because one time in his life he allowed himself that and it turned out to be a mistake. Ever since that point he’d denied himself even the pleasure of sex. If there were ever a hero after my own heart, it’s big Scotsman who hasn’t had sex in seven years and doesn’t have the strength to keep away from the heroine. Swoon. Then he meets Cecelia and she is everything he is not. Kind and generous and forgiving. She even forgives his slights against her. She’d sunshine where she is shadows. And as he gets to know her, she begins to challenge everything he ever believed, everything he made himself to believe. She begins to teach him that there is more to life than being perfect, but more than that, that perfection isn’t always what it seems. I love how much of this book is devoted to the romance. There was a dangerous element to this book. Intrigue done the way Kerrigan Byrne does it best. Based some the worlds darker and more sinister issues. It wasn’t a silly villain. It didn’t feel ridiculous. It was a dramatic backdrop that thrust these two together and forced their romance to grow. That’s the way I like my villainous romances to go. If you’re going to write a romance, the focus should be on the romance. And I adored the tenderness that grew between Ramsey and Cecelia. His heart just melted for her and he had the most darling, mushy thoughts about her. He wanted her so bad. So, so bad. My favorite thing… the wanting. With wanting as spectacular as this book had, I was pleased by the first (incomplete) love scene. There’s an oral scene with a blow job that is simply fire. Hotter than fire. It was a damn supernova. I want more blow jobs in historical romance. They’re so rare and this was hands down the best I’ve ever read. The way he’s described when Cecelia looks up at him. I think I burst into flames. The first full sex scene was great compared to other authors but I honestly felt a little disappointed coming from Kerrigan Byrne. It was underwhelming. Her sex scenes are usually long and detailed and full of emotions. This just didn’t get there for me. Especially since Ramsey had been abstinent for seven years. I thought we would get more from his perspective on this or at least more of a reaction from him. But it was really short and not very satisfying and in fact the whole sex scene didn’t really give me a whole lot of how he was feeling or reacting during it. What’s the point of an abstinent hero if not to have his mind blown during sex? And that is really the only sex we get. There is one extremely short scene towards the end. So, I did love this book, but I also leave it kind of underwhelmed. I am giving it 4.5 stars, rounded 5, but everything after the first sex scene was kind of downhill for me. Last but definitely not least, I didn’t think there was enough of Ramesy’s POV in the book. It didn’t feel even.I think most others wouldn’t come away from this feeling the same as me. I think most people will come away on a high 5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this arc. Sex Scene Info: One kiss. One oral for both hero and heroine. One oral for heroine and full sex scene. One brief, paragraph long scene.SAFETY: Rape (mentioned, not on page), child sex trafficing
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Safety issues attached at end.This is book 2 of the Devil You Know series. I think this one is okay to read as a standalone (although the first book is amazing too, so I encourage you to try that as well!) It has a few brief appearances from hero and heroine from book 1, and there is a small spoiler for book 1 if you read this one first (but this spoiler is something that is read in the beginning of book 1, so it wouldn't ruin the whole book or anything). Ramsey. Vicar of Vice. Lord Chief Justic Safety issues attached at end.This is book 2 of the Devil You Know series. I think this one is okay to read as a standalone (although the first book is amazing too, so I encourage you to try that as well!) It has a few brief appearances from hero and heroine from book 1, and there is a small spoiler for book 1 if you read this one first (but this spoiler is something that is read in the beginning of book 1, so it wouldn't ruin the whole book or anything). Ramsey. Vicar of Vice. Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. Our hero focuses on ignoring his feelings of cold emptiness and instead his life is consumed with bringing criminals to justice. Large, imposing, ruthless, powerful...he has brought himself up from nothing to spite his peers and betters that said he would never amount to anything. And now he's focused on a case that has brought him to confront the Scarlet Lady.Cecelia is a character I was so excited to read about since I met her in book 1. A REAL full figured heroine. Not slightly chubby. Not skinny but thinks she's fat. She loves her wine. She loves her chocolates. She's unapologetic about her size, moving through the world with a subtle confidence, hiding any feelings of insecurity with a happy smile. And more truffles, of course. Cecelia is removed from the hell she was living by someone who knew her mother. She went to boarding school and university afterwards. Her love was for mathematics. She also loves her Red Rogues, her two very best friends Alexandria (book 1) and Francesca (book 3 I would assume). When her secret supporter dies, she finds herself whisked into a new world when she inherits a gambling den. She is quickly pursued by the Lord Chief Justice, who is accusing her of crimes that turn Cecelia's stomach. She hides her identity to protect herself from Ramsey.If you've read Kerrigan Byrne, you have an idea of what you are getting. It's not a comforting pot of tea. It's an explosion of brandy. It's raw pain. Hot sex. It's inappropriate language and violence without remorse. And I LOVE it. I love that she doesn't shy away from breaking your heart and putting it back together. I love that her heroes are an animal of ruthless violence under their skin. Towards anyone that jeopardizes their lover's safety. She makes other heroes look weak. I adore her heroes.I think I liked this story line a lot more than book 1. I was so caught up in the danger of the story, which usually isn't my thing at all. But I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen, I was utterly enthralled by the danger. I love the gore and violence. I must be blood thirsty, but I just can't stand it when there's a horrible villain and the heroine puts her hand on the hero's chest and says something like, “No, this isn't you. He doesn't deserve it.” Ummm, YES HE DOES!I delighted in the beginning scene where Ramsey and Cecelia talk for the first time. Cecelia's love for truffles is adorable and was made so sexy. I loved being in Ramsey's mind in that moment. Creating this tension, this longing. Also, amazing first intimate scene. It can be so rare in HR to have scenes like this, very pleased by that.My only complaints were I felt like I didn't get as much time in Ramsey's head that I wanted. Especially during the intimate scenes. I love when they are from the man's perspective and I thought Ramsey's would be explosive with the choices he made over the past 7 years. Thanks netgalley for the ARC. All thoughts and opinions regarding this story are my own.Safety warning (possible spoilers)..........(view spoiler)[ Violence, death of adults (on page), death of child (off page/discussed after the fact), murder, child-bearing death, child abuse, fire/explosion (hide spoiler)]
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  • BRITTANY
    January 1, 1970
    Kerrigan Byrne has done it again!Where does one begin? Ms. Byrne second book in this series is as good, if not better, than the first book. All Scot And Bothered can be read as a standalone but I firmly recommend you read How To Love A Duke In 10 Days. And then go through and read any Kerrigan Byrne books you can get your hands on. But back to this book.Cassius Gerard Ramsay is everything you want in a hero and a man. He's deeply burned by his past and it influences every move and action he make Kerrigan Byrne has done it again!Where does one begin? Ms. Byrne second book in this series is as good, if not better, than the first book. All Scot And Bothered can be read as a standalone but I firmly recommend you read How To Love A Duke In 10 Days. And then go through and read any Kerrigan Byrne books you can get your hands on. But back to this book.Cassius Gerard Ramsay is everything you want in a hero and a man. He's deeply burned by his past and it influences every move and action he makes, leading him to tend to play it safe. Cecelia Teague has spent her early years playing it safe and no thank you, she won't be doing it again. She knows how to indulge in life's small temptations like chocolate and wine. Combine the two very different people together and they create the perfect couple. If only they'd see it in each other.Their journey has so many twists and turns, suspense in every chapter, but at the core of this book, it's a romance story and Ms. Byrne is a pro at writing them. Each chapter runs the risk of tears, laughter and a book hangover. Take a page from Cecelia's book and grab your favorite bottle of wine while you settle down with this book!
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  • Shoshanna Ford
    January 1, 1970
    Shared from my Blog: SsshWeAreReading.Wordpress.ComThis book was absolutely amazing. Kerrigan Byrne creates magic with every story, and this one is absolutely no exception. I absolutely love Cecelia. She is everything: a genius, a kind and lovely woman, a stalwart companion, and a champion of the downtrodden. She is a complex and deeply interesting character. If you are already a devotee of Kerrigan Byrne, this will come as no surprise. Ramsay is also a complex character full of paradoxical stoi Shared from my Blog: SsshWeAreReading.Wordpress.ComThis book was absolutely amazing. Kerrigan Byrne creates magic with every story, and this one is absolutely no exception. I absolutely love Cecelia. She is everything: a genius, a kind and lovely woman, a stalwart companion, and a champion of the downtrodden. She is a complex and deeply interesting character. If you are already a devotee of Kerrigan Byrne, this will come as no surprise. Ramsay is also a complex character full of paradoxical stoicism. I did not love him half so much as I loved Cecelia. It KILLS me to say that because I am usually so much in favor of his sort of hero.  He was arrogant and judgy until Cecelia (sweetly) kicks his a$$. This is a Sunshine heroine and storm cloud hero. The best combination. This story is flawless. The shocking plot twist is at least a bit shocking. I saw it coming, but it will absolutely steal your breath! The plot was darling. The world is amazing. Vivid and alive. When KB creates a world, you LIVE in that world. Total immersion. The characters are complicated. Even the side characters. That's another thing I adore about Kerrigan Byrne books, even the side characters have these fascinating back stories and personalities. There are no flat people. Not even children. Many times authors use children as props. Kerrigan's children are children. There is no other way to say it.  Wholeheartedly recommend this book. This would not be a review from me of a book by this publisher if I did not at least mention the ridiculous name. Kerrigan writes these dark twisty stories of tragic backstories that will jerk the tears out of any wilting lady, and thrill the souls of all kinds of people, and they get slapped with absolutely pathetic titles. Every. Single. Time. If I did not already know how amazing any book by KB was bound to be, I would NEVER pick up these books. Come on, St. Martins, GET IT TOGETHER! You're type casting these amazing dark and twisty books as stupid little fluff pieces and it ticks off your readers. You aren't going to see that because we are intensely loyal to our authors, but come on. Do something. You have to realize it's a problem when almost every Romance published by St. Martins has "IGNORE THE TITLE!!!!!!" in dang near every review on GoodReads. It's a problem. Fix it. */End Rant *TRIGGER WARNING* If you have triggers and need warnings,  I very much doubt you will enjoy Kerrigan's books. They contain dark broody things. Almost all of them contain murder, several contain at least the suggestion of rape, and often graphic abuse. These are real books that take place in a real world. The real world is not all sunshine and small town bakeries. Those stories have their place, to be sure. That place is not this place. Let's see if I can remember everything sensitive types might have a problem reading about. Child abduction, child abuse (-physical, sexual, emotional, abandonment, rape, trafficking... literally every kind), the heroine is shamed for her weight, the hero makes derogatory remarks towards all sorts of purveyors and partakers of vice (i.e. slut shaming, etc). THIS IS A DARK AND TWISTED BOOK LIKE ALL KB DARK AND TWISTED BOOKS. I love this kind of book, and wish there were more, but it is NOT for everyone, and that's fine. 
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received for reviewGreat second book. I wasn't sure if I was ever going to like Ramsey. He was a royal arse from the beginning. Cecilia was just as fearless and awesome has her friends. Never saw them as the bad guys. Loved little Phoebe, maybe she'll be the next generation of the Red Rogues. Now the ending stunk..we're together and done. Now from what I gathered the next book will be Frank and .... no spoilers here, but who are they really.
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  • Shari O'Boyle
    January 1, 1970
    This was a beautiful book! Kerrigan Byrne excels at making two imperfect people somehow fit together perfectly. This is definitely not your typical "plain, overlooked-wallflower-snags-a-duke-by-accident" kind of story. I particularly appreciated that neither of the main characters were from the nobility. They both had checkered pasts. Most importantly, Cecelia had the body of a real woman! And Cassius desired her tremendously, not in spite of it, but because of it. It has a great message for rea This was a beautiful book! Kerrigan Byrne excels at making two imperfect people somehow fit together perfectly. This is definitely not your typical "plain, overlooked-wallflower-snags-a-duke-by-accident" kind of story. I particularly appreciated that neither of the main characters were from the nobility. They both had checkered pasts. Most importantly, Cecelia had the body of a real woman! And Cassius desired her tremendously, not in spite of it, but because of it. It has a great message for real women.I also enjoyed the individuality and suspense of the side plot regarding Cecelia's inheritance. These Red Rogues are as unconventional as they come! The side plot complemented the love story, rather than overshadowing it. There also wasn't any of the nonsense so common in other books where the hero doesn't realize until page 300 that he loves the woman he's been sleeping with for the past 150 pages. Kerrigan Byrne's heroes know what they want.Overall, this book is a breath of fresh air for showing the intrepid spirit of a woman at a time and place where options for woman were limited. You won't find anything out there that stands out as much as a Kerrigan Byrne book, and this is an excellent example of her work. Be prepared though. Make sure you have 6 uninterrupted hours to read this, because once you start, you are not putting this down.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    A 4.5 to 5 stars for this historical romance which I enjoyed me very much owing to the suspenseful plot. A story of a rugged scot who had a plagued childhood but thanks to his stubbornness he becomes one of the most influential men of London. Similar fate has been given to our female heroine. From a tormented childhood with a cruel father to an education at an esteemed college thanks to her distant relative, our heroine becomes a very cultured lady. With the murder of her benefactor, Cecelia inh A 4.5 to 5 stars for this historical romance which I enjoyed me very much owing to the suspenseful plot. A story of a rugged scot who had a plagued childhood but thanks to his stubbornness he becomes one of the most influential men of London. Similar fate has been given to our female heroine. From a tormented childhood with a cruel father to an education at an esteemed college thanks to her distant relative, our heroine becomes a very cultured lady. With the murder of her benefactor, Cecelia inherits an ambiguous establishment with all its schemes. From this inheritance both characters, who are insanely attracted to one another, will live a dangerous situation that will lead to the discovery of an aristocracy corrupted and threatening. An adventure and a romance that will give the reader a thrilling read full of twists and bold moments. I don’t want to hide the fact that some scenes are very steamy but they are perfectly molded into the story.
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  • Julie (Jewlsbookblog)
    January 1, 1970
    This enemies to lovers romance had a lot happening! The twists and turns went to a darker level I wasn’t expecting and I’m still debating how I feel about it. Woven in to the mystery was a romance that was steamy and most definitely hard earned! Personally, I thought the hero would miss out on all the goodness standing right in front of him, but don’t doubt Cecilia. She’s got what it takes:) I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley and SMP Romance. This is my honest review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    In true Kerrigan Byrne fashion, there’s heartache and healing, and all kinds of love mixed in. My heart is happy. Full review to come!
  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.
  • ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]
    January 1, 1970
    Needless to say, "I want thaaaaat" (in Bobby Duke style. :P) already.
  • Melanie Maloney
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love that Ms. Byrne created a heroine like Cecilia!! She’s plump, smart, witty, wears glasses, and this girl loves chocolate and wine! She’s probably my most favorite character ever! Then there is a BIG burley Scot who’s as straight laced as they come. He’s also extremely vulnerable and closed off. He needs someone who he can related to, who is kind and can teach him to trust and to really love. And did I say he was BIG and Scottish!!! What curvy girl doesn’t want to be picked up by I absolutely love that Ms. Byrne created a heroine like Cecilia!! She’s plump, smart, witty, wears glasses, and this girl loves chocolate and wine! She’s probably my most favorite character ever! Then there is a BIG burley Scot who’s as straight laced as they come. He’s also extremely vulnerable and closed off. He needs someone who he can related to, who is kind and can teach him to trust and to really love. And did I say he was BIG and Scottish!!! What curvy girl doesn’t want to be picked up by a big sexy Scot like she’s as light as a feather? I love the undertone of the role of women in society. Especially in the 1800s women were to be married, have babies and supporter their husbands. The casts of society determine your success and if you’re not of a certain breed you’re undeserving. Cecilia shatters this whole notion. She is who she is and she is unapologetic. Thank you for letting Cecilia give women a voice! This is the second book in The Devil You Know series. It’s a perfect enemies to lovers historical romance that you will read in one day. Can’t wait to see the next edition of the Red Rogue group get her book! Ready for Frank’s story!! This book was an ARC read for NetGalley.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Loved the characters, loved the romance, loved the the additions to the overarching series story line. Both Cecelia & Ramsay’s stories were hard & sad and they were both left broken in different ways. Typical of Kerrigan Byrne, there were some i’s & t’s left undotted or crossed, but, you know what? It doesn’t matter. These characters sparkle with that something Kerrigan instills them with - an inner richness? joy? - even if it’s not necessarily explained. Pair that with a sometimes ove Loved it. Loved the characters, loved the romance, loved the the additions to the overarching series story line. Both Cecelia & Ramsay’s stories were hard & sad and they were both left broken in different ways. Typical of Kerrigan Byrne, there were some i’s & t’s left undotted or crossed, but, you know what? It doesn’t matter. These characters sparkle with that something Kerrigan instills them with - an inner richness? joy? - even if it’s not necessarily explained. Pair that with a sometimes over the top plot, and you have a terrifically engaging read. Like read until the wee hours of the morning type read.The best part of it all for me was watching Cecelia & Ramsay’s pieces fit into each other (no, not *that* way, though *that* way was scorching). It wasn’t all about Cecelia becoming what Ramsay needed, but so much more of him learning to trust her & allowing her to be herself, which is just the thing he needed to become more of himself. It was willfully feminist and utterly romantic in the end.And finally, all I can say is that I can’t wait for Francesca’s story now. We got some hints & they look delicious. *I’m writing this review of an ARC copy I received from Net Galley (Thanks, NG!). As always, my thoughts are my own & as honest as I can be.
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  • Steffy
    January 1, 1970
    It was a really good historical Romance and even if i have not read the first book os the series it didnt stop me from enjoying this one - I love the story of Cecilia and Lord Ramsey - tThey are so different and a perfect match all the same! The story is really well written and the plot twist at the end really took me by surprised and i was pleased of this. The chemistry between our two heroes is scortching and the side characters are adorable. I will definately read the last book which i assume It was a really good historical Romance and even if i have not read the first book os the series it didnt stop me from enjoying this one - I love the story of Cecilia and Lord Ramsey - tThey are so different and a perfect match all the same! The story is really well written and the plot twist at the end really took me by surprised and i was pleased of this. The chemistry between our two heroes is scortching and the side characters are adorable. I will definately read the last book which i assume will be the story of Chandler and Francesca. A must read for HR fans!
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  • LianaReads blog
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so much! Enemies to lovers at its best and so much than the eyes can see! In true author’s style, this book has everything you expect and need. A feisty heroine that become my favourite female characters in a long time, a hot and bothered hero, and a great story that will keep you up all night devouring their banter, chemistry and suspenseful romance story. There were moments when I laughed out loud so much as well as moments when my heart broke for both of them. Cecelia and Ra I loved this book so much! Enemies to lovers at its best and so much than the eyes can see! In true author’s style, this book has everything you expect and need. A feisty heroine that become my favourite female characters in a long time, a hot and bothered hero, and a great story that will keep you up all night devouring their banter, chemistry and suspenseful romance story. There were moments when I laughed out loud so much as well as moments when my heart broke for both of them. Cecelia and Ramsay are fire together and their story is not an easy one but the bumpy road is full of moments when they are vulnerable and expose their feelings while falling in love with each other.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the first book in this series (How to Love a Duke in 10 Days), I had a feeling this one was going to be just as emotional and difficult at times and I was not wrong. We learn a little bit about each of the “Red Rogues” and in All Scot and Bothered, we have Cecelia Teague’s story. After being taken out of a torturous childhood, Cecelia has emerged with a wonderful education and amazing friends. But now she inherits a gambling establishment and a whole lot of trouble. One of those tr After reading the first book in this series (How to Love a Duke in 10 Days), I had a feeling this one was going to be just as emotional and difficult at times and I was not wrong. We learn a little bit about each of the “Red Rogues” and in All Scot and Bothered, we have Cecelia Teague’s story. After being taken out of a torturous childhood, Cecelia has emerged with a wonderful education and amazing friends. But now she inherits a gambling establishment and a whole lot of trouble. One of those troubles comes in the form of Cassius Gerard Ramsay, the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. Ramsay is another who has gone through a troubling past which has made trusting people very difficult, especially women. He sees the world in only black and white and his current mission is to bring down the very gaming establishment that Cecilia had just inherited. Even though the attraction between the two is intense, many factors keep them apart. Things start to change when Cecelia’s life is in danger and Ramsay’s determination to take her down morphs into keeping her safe at all costs. There are many twists and turns, secrets, misunderstandings and prejudice throughout their story but in the end when all is revealed and love discovered it was all worth it. I do have to be honest and say I did have a hard time really warming up to Ramsay, especially in the beginning. I understand his past has made him really hard and distrusting but the things he said to Cecelia was pretty brutal. But when he learns the truth and revelations of things that had happened in both their pasts, his actions and reactions made me forgive him. Overall, Cecelia and Ramsay’s was another wonderful read and I do recommend it. Now I am looking forward to Francesca’s story!Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for giving me the opportunity to read this complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Deb Diem
    January 1, 1970
    Where's the 6 star option when you need it? Yes, it's that good! All Scot And Bothered is a fantastic historical romance by Kerrigan Byrne. Ms. Byrne has provided readers with another well-written book. The characters in this story....oh my! Spectacular. And who wouldn't want a little Phoebe of their own? Cecelia was whisked away from the man that abused her. She was sent to school where she met her two best friends. Ramsay is the brother-in-law of one of her friends. Ramsay and Cecelia's story Where's the 6 star option when you need it? Yes, it's that good! All Scot And Bothered is a fantastic historical romance by Kerrigan Byrne. Ms. Byrne has provided readers with another well-written book. The characters in this story....oh my! Spectacular. And who wouldn't want a little Phoebe of their own? Cecelia was whisked away from the man that abused her. She was sent to school where she met her two best friends. Ramsay is the brother-in-law of one of her friends. Ramsay and Cecelia's story is packed with drama, humor, sexy bits, action and suspense. I loved every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Kerrigan Byrne soon. All Scot And Bothered is book 2 of the Devil You Know Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Aila
    January 1, 1970
    “Every time she smiled at him, with every kiss or intimacy they shared, a little light had ignited within that dark void inside him. He felt less empty. What would a lifetime of her smiles do?”““I do believe that’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed a smile on your face,” she said in a hushed tone. “It’s quite . . . brilliant.” Her fingers reached out and traced his mouth before she settled her soft lips against his.At this, Ramsay made a silent vow to smile more.”Sigh. There’s something about c “Every time she smiled at him, with every kiss or intimacy they shared, a little light had ignited within that dark void inside him. He felt less empty. What would a lifetime of her smiles do?”““I do believe that’s the first time I’ve ever witnessed a smile on your face,” she said in a hushed tone. “It’s quite . . . brilliant.” Her fingers reached out and traced his mouth before she settled her soft lips against his.At this, Ramsay made a silent vow to smile more.”Sigh. There’s something about characters that treasure their significant others’ smiles that makes my heart swell. ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED is book 2 of Byrne’s series of three rambunctious redheads who manage to defy society, I enjoyed book 1, although I think this book left more of an impression on me! I’d say it’s still a 3.5 stars, but rounded up because the heroine Cecilia was just so sweet. The common factor of these books is the sweet and pure friendship of the women, and their willingness to defend each other. I thought their relationship was wonderful and it ties the series together really well. You don’t have to read book 1 to understand this book, but there will be spoilers about the previous couple. LIKES:- I think Byrne did a phenomenal job with character development in this book. It follows the sweet and cheerful Cecilia and the stoic and grumpy Ramsay. There’s a lot of moving plots, but the book hones in on their developing romance. While there’s insta-attraction/lust going on, they find themselves drawn to the other through engaging and vulnerable dialogue. Ramsay learns how to shed his coldness and really FEEL despite his heavy pride and self-discipline. Cecilia was lost in the beginning despite having an amazing education, but begins to find her way and purpose through the course of this book. I think it’s lovely that she isn’t willing to back down on her beliefs and stays true to herself despite people’s taunts and judgement. She was a soft and endearing character despite hardships, and was the perfect foil to Ramsay’s grumpy ways.- At first, I wasn’t a fan of Ramsay because of his coldness that made him say severe words to Cecelia, but his apology and remorse really penetrated through the pages. As the story progresses you can really see his devotion to Cecilia, which mollified me. His character growth helped a lot, as well, as he took down his walls to open up to Cecilia. I also appreciated other characters calling out his dislike/mistrust of women, making him realize and confront it. I thought this was important not only with dealing with his issues of the past, but also with moving forward in having a happy future.- You can’t see it from the cover, but Cecilia has a voluptuous body and used to be taunted for it. She still has self-esteem issues, but I loved seeing this rep (and it would’ve been nice to see on the cover). I also enjoyed the progressive actions and sentiments of the friend group (although it did feel anachronistic at times).- The romance in general was really heartwarming. Despite their different personalities, the characters have both experienced loneliness in the past. Now, they find themselves with open hearts and people to love and be loved with.DISLIKES:- Like I mentioned before, the book has a LOT of subplots going on at once. Byrne introduces new situations and dialogue that amount to nothing, yet had potential. I’m a firm believer that you should stick to one plotline and make it in-depth, rather than have numerous, superficial subplots and details. For example, Cecilia inherits a gambling hell that also operates as a school for unconventional women (widows, immigrants, etc) to succeed in society. Cecilia takes up this mission without really becoming involved with the women and business itself. Somehow she forms a connection without even spending much time in it, which diminishes its believability.- Another missed potential point is a surprise about Phoebe, a young girl that Cecilia inherits along with the gambling hell when her aunt died. There was a big reveal about her that was never really followed-up on (although her interactions before the reveal were really sweet and cute). It was barely touched, and although her background was revealed, it didn’t quite fit in with the whole ‘secrets’ operation that Cecilia’s aunt had going on. I think her character definitely could have been utilized more in regards to certain characters’ growth.- The rushed ending in general left many loose ends hanging, including the overarching theme of the main antagonist group. Looking back, the ending was REALLY rushed and we never got a satisfying resolution with the villains. Instead, it’s more like a pan-out of the romantic relationship. Also- too many homages to the color red. That got boring pretty soon. Even though Byrne really tries to fit a LOT into the book (maybe to its detriment), I really enjoyed the character relationships and central romance. To me, the mystery plot was secondary to those relationships, which extend from friends and family to romantic. This series has been pretty enjoyable, although it deals with heavier topics than usually seen in HR. I’d say if you like a little mystery and action to your historical romances and heartfelt relationships, give this series a go! Trigger/Content Warnings: child kidnappings, child abusive (emotional abuse and incarceration), mention of rape, mild violence, fat-shamingThank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s for the review copy!
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  • Amy J Romance Author & Reader Events
    January 1, 1970
    Eeeeep!! Did you see this cover reveal 🔥! And the titleeeee!!!!Can. Not. Wait.
  • Visionary Druid
    January 1, 1970
    Review to courtesy of Romance JunkiesCassius Ramsay is the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. He is also the older half-brother of the current Duke of Redmayne. Ramsay investigates the disappearance of several young girls. His investigation leads him straight to the Scarlet Lady and her gaming establishments. Ramsay grudgingly protects Cecelia from her unknown enemies. However, the woman tempts him to abandon his ambitions. Can Ramsay learn to trust Cecelia? Or will yet another woman burn him Review to courtesy of Romance JunkiesCassius Ramsay is the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. He is also the older half-brother of the current Duke of Redmayne. Ramsay investigates the disappearance of several young girls. His investigation leads him straight to the Scarlet Lady and her gaming establishments. Ramsay grudgingly protects Cecelia from her unknown enemies. However, the woman tempts him to abandon his ambitions. Can Ramsay learn to trust Cecelia? Or will yet another woman burn him?Miss Cecelia Teague is a member of the Red Rogues, a sisterhood she and two others formed in boarding school. She discovers she not only inherits a notorious gaming hell but her aunt’s enemies too. Cecelia adopts her aunt’s moniker in order to protect her new business and its employees. When her life is threatened, she turns to the only man strong enough to help her. Can Cecelia decipher her aunt’s mysterious codex? What dark secrets will the codex reveal?There is just something about grumpy heroes that makes them delicious. Ramsay is a man shaped by his past. I understand his deep-seeded distrust for women. His mother’s deplorable behavior fostered opinion, only for another to reinforce it. Fortunately, Ramsay finds a woman who changes his outlook on the fairer sex. What I admire the most about Ramsay is the inner strength and determination it took for him to rise up from nothing. He kept a goal in mind and worked stubbornly to achieve it. Ramsay did not allow naysayers to dissuade him from his chosen course.Cecelia shares my niece’s name. I adore the fact that she is not the usual thin and dainty heroine typically found in romance books. Instead, she is a tall, glasses-wearing, full-figured woman with a brilliant brain for mathematics. I admire Cecelia’s fortitude to pursue her interests and ambitions. She refused to yield her place, even against male oppression. What I love the most about Cecelia is how she readily accepts everything about Ramsay, including his broody grumpiness. She has no inclinations to fix nor change him.ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED is book two in Kerrigan Byrne’s historical romance series, DEVIL YOU KNOW. The story can easily standalone. It is necessary to read the prior book to understand some of the hero’s backstory and the heroine’s strong bonds with her Red Rogue mates. Plus, I love that Piers and Alex, the couple from the first book, make frequent appearances in the story.ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED is an enthralling tale of two lonely kindred souls finding each other during a chaotic time. I simply could not put this book down! I cannot wait to see who the author plans to pair up with the last Red Rogue.
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  • Stephanie Panach
    January 1, 1970
    Don't let the title of this book deceive you - this book is not light and silly. Kerrigan Byrne is the master of writing heroes that you have mixed emotions about. Cassius Ramsay is no exception to that. He is a hard man with inflexible beliefs and a strong sense of right and wrong. For him there is no grey and no mercy. His half-brother is Piers, the hero from the previous book. He and Piers share the same mother but had vastly different experiences growing up (even though Piers life was no pic Don't let the title of this book deceive you - this book is not light and silly. Kerrigan Byrne is the master of writing heroes that you have mixed emotions about. Cassius Ramsay is no exception to that. He is a hard man with inflexible beliefs and a strong sense of right and wrong. For him there is no grey and no mercy. His half-brother is Piers, the hero from the previous book. He and Piers share the same mother but had vastly different experiences growing up (even though Piers life was no picnic either!). Ramsay has a personal vendetta against the proprietress of an infamous gaming hell that funds a school for young women. He is determined to get to the bottom of a sex trafficking operation involving very young girls from immigrant families. He is intensely focused on the school as the source. The problem is, that Cecilia has just inherited that school - and is thrust unwittingly into the center of some major drama - and put immediately at odds with Ramsay just as they are on the verge of something.Cecilia is one of the three closely bonded women that branded themselves as the red rogues. Highly educated, smart, and beautiful - Cecilia is also intensely kind and empathic. She has struggled with acceptance and being mistreated by those that should love and care for her throughout her life. She always sees the best in people and has a sunny outlook. Basically, she is just lovely inside and out. Her interactions with Ramsay are tense - he is intensely attracted to Cecilia and has a lot of internal growth that needs to happen before he can accept his feelings. Ramsay also brings out a side in Cecilia that hasn't been seen before. One where she stands up for herself as an individual. Even in her interactions with her closest friends, you can see that she doesn't always stand up for herself - but goes with the flow even if she doesn't always agree. Cecilia's growth throughout the book is much more subtle than Ramsay's. His growth, like his personality, is much more in your face. The writing in this story is so nuanced and beautiful, you really get completely engrossed in the storyline. While I liked the first book, I loved this one. The only thing that kept it from being a five star read for me were a couple of points at the end. (view spoiler)[ Specifically, Cecilia is unwilling to give up running a gambling hell. She views it as being asked to give up her dreams so that Ramsay can continue to achieve his. I don't think it was quite so cut and dried. I think the danger drawn in to the gambling hell is very real - and a different kind of danger than Ramsay engages in with his role as a judge. I think Ramsay is right that there are other ways to support the school - even ones that Cecilia could use her mathematical gifts on. There are options that could work. After the school burns down, Cecilia says she is going to rebuild - but it also looks like Ramsay is the logical choice to be the next Lord Chancellor so they are going to face the same issue. Unless he turns that down? it wasn't clear. The uncertainties there bothered me - obviously life changes for couples so it doesn't all need to be neat and tidy - but it was such a big deal in the book, I needed more resolution there. (hide spoiler)]Overall - this is not to be missed! It is a great story. I didn't really like Francesca all the much in either book - so I am interested to see how Kerrigan Byrne rehabs her for me in the next one! I received this as an AC from NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.
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  • Brandi Day
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit that I think I am incapable of writing a bad review of a book by Kerrigan Byrne, but I think that is because I think she is incapable of writing one. Her prose, character development, and plots are all brilliant. In fact, I actually read a few lines of this one to my husband – and not the steamy sex scenes (of which there were surprisingly few).In the first few chapters of the book, I had a hard time liking Lord Chief Justice of the High Court Cassius Ramsay. I remembered very li I have to admit that I think I am incapable of writing a bad review of a book by Kerrigan Byrne, but I think that is because I think she is incapable of writing one. Her prose, character development, and plots are all brilliant. In fact, I actually read a few lines of this one to my husband – and not the steamy sex scenes (of which there were surprisingly few).In the first few chapters of the book, I had a hard time liking Lord Chief Justice of the High Court Cassius Ramsay. I remembered very little about him from the previous book in the series. In the first few chapters, he was little more than a man who really needed to relax (although several cruder phrases might be more appropriate). I was also uncertain about Cecelia – was she as innocent as she seemed – the question that plagued Ramsay as well. I even wondered if this was the first book that Kerrigan Byrne wouldn’t be able to pull off, but I trusted her and continued reading.I don’t remember at what point in the story everything fell together, but, as it did with the previous book in the series, well before the halfway point, I was in awe of how perfect everything was. As the two worked together to unravel the plot surrounding the casino Cecelia had inherited from her aunt and the secret code of information that came along with it, it became clear that, together, Ramsay and Cecelia made a stronger whole that they lacked as individuals. Their responses to each other and their circumstances fit the situation and were both logical and consistent with the characters’ history and personality.This book is definitely better if read after the first in the series, How to Love a Duke in Ten Days. However, if this is your opportunity to start reading the series or a book by Kerrigan Byrne, jump in here without delay.I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • ALR
    January 1, 1970
    Lady Cecelia’s story is book two in the Red Rogue series about a trio of red-headed school friends. After growing up suffering under the extremely strict ways of her overly “pious” Vicar of a father, paying for her nonexistent sins , Cecelia know a lot about being lonely. Fast forward several years and she meets Lord Chief Justice Cassius Ramsey, who is also lonely in his self inflicted isolation from life. Ramsey’s Scottish nature adores the curves and delectable nature of Cecelia but his own h Lady Cecelia’s story is book two in the Red Rogue series about a trio of red-headed school friends. After growing up suffering under the extremely strict ways of her overly “pious” Vicar of a father, paying for her nonexistent sins , Cecelia know a lot about being lonely. Fast forward several years and she meets Lord Chief Justice Cassius Ramsey, who is also lonely in his self inflicted isolation from life. Ramsey’s Scottish nature adores the curves and delectable nature of Cecelia but his own hard background has forced a tough and strict regimen to his views of life. Their spark of attraction simmers at first but then goes up in flames. Lady Cecelia has inherited a unique business enterprise from her dead aunt and benefactor, an enterprise that enrages Ramsey. When they meet again incognito you see the strong personality of both leads. After lots of drama Ramsey uncovers the truth about Cecelia, or what he perceives the truth to be and the cutting bite of his words are almost enough to break Cecelia, however she goes on the only way she can. But what happens when the hero she always dreams about develops into a real life hero in Ramsey? This book, like others by this author is a historical romance with a twist containing lots of heat, rough language, intrigue and excitement. The chemistry and turmoil between Cecelia and Ramsey is a constant back and forth with lots of challenges making them seem quite real. You also see lots of familiar faces and some cute new additions. While you don’t have to read book one in the series you will get a better understanding if you have. 5 stars must read. I received an arc copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review.
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  • Jewelrymuse
    January 1, 1970
    ***Received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.This second book “All Scot and Bothered” of in Kerrigan Byrne’s series named “Devil You Know” was one I could not wait to read and did not want to put down once I started.Cecelia Teague was raised knowing pain, suffering and loneliness until she was rescued and sent to school where she found a family more loving and loyal than real blood could be. Her two friends and she formed the Red Rogues club. Together these extraordin ***Received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.This second book “All Scot and Bothered” of in Kerrigan Byrne’s series named “Devil You Know” was one I could not wait to read and did not want to put down once I started.Cecelia Teague was raised knowing pain, suffering and loneliness until she was rescued and sent to school where she found a family more loving and loyal than real blood could be. Her two friends and she formed the Red Rogues club. Together these extraordinary women have always had each others backs. Unexpected fortune has all of a sudden made Cecelia the owner of a gaming club, a school for ladies, and custodian of a small girl child. Unfortunately it has also made her the automatic enemy of a most powerful man, the Vicar of Vice, the Lord Chief Justice.Cassius Gerard Ramsey, the Vicar of Vice, is a self made man who has held himself to the highest of standards to the point he has shunned many of life’s pleasures for years. He has made himself the protector of his city and one who will bring the new gaming club owner to justice for crimes he feels Cecelia’s benefactor and by association her as the gaming club owner have committed. Unknown to him, Cecelia who he met through his half brother at a party are one and the same person.As secrets and truths are exposed Cecelia using her mathematical inclinations needs to figure out a coded book before the villains can harm all she has come to hold dear and Ramsey has to unbend his harden beliefs to become a true protector that needs Cecelia. This HEA story has a couples of surprises, was heartbreaking at some points, and the author presents a good point that kindness and honest communication can be a way to change an unreasonable point of view.
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