Review – To Wed a Wild Scot by Anna Bradley

About the Book:

Some brides like it wilder…

A single lady of birth, beauty, and large fortune should not have this much trouble making a match. Yet after two failed betrothals, Lady Juliana Bernard is in a bind. She must find a husband at once or lose guardianship of her beloved niece. Her childhood friend the Duke of Blackmore is her last, best hope, but once she tracks him down in Scotland, she receives startling news.

First, the duke is already engaged. Second, it’s his brother Logan’s fault Juliana is now lacking a bridegroom. So, what’s a lady to do when she’s lost her betrothed? Marry his scandalous brother, the Laird of Clan Kinross.

Wooing does not go well at first. But just as Juliana begins to welcome the boisterous but tenderhearted Scot into her life (and her bed), secrets come between them once more. And it will take a determined husband indeed to ensure that a marriage begun in haste leads not to heartache…but to love.

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My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Logan Blair is in the unique position of having a twin brother he’s never met.  Since his older brother, Gavin, was born first, he is the heir to his uncle’s dukedom.  When the twins’ mother dies after their birth, the duke whisks his heir off to London to raise him as an Englishman, now christened Fitzwilliam.  Logan remains in Scotland, raised by his father as the heir to Laird of Clan Kinross, although that title technically belongs to his brother, as well.  Logan lives in the time when the clearances were happening in Scotland, and sees the horror of his people being driven from their homes, often with all their possessions being destroyed in the process.  This leaves him with no love for the English, and no doubts that his long lost brother is being raised with no regard for the Scottish half of his heritage.  Logan knows that when the duke dies, his brother will be returning to claim his inheritance, and there will have to be a reckoning.

Juliana Bernard is en route to Scotland in pursuit of her best friend and former fiancé, Fitzwilliam.  Her father is very ill, and when he dies, if Juliana remains unmarried, she will lose custody of her beloved niece, Grace, whom she has been raising.  When Fitz came into his title and traveled to Scotland, they corresponded regularly, but in the last months there has been no word from him.  Desperate and uncertain, Juliana is determined to track Fitz down and convince him to marry her, though their relationship, while loving, is like that of brother and sister.

As fate would have it, Juliana encounters Logan at a Scottish inn, and at first mistakes him for Fitz.  Soon enough she realizes he’s a completely different person, but has to be a relation for as much as they look alike.  As she secretly observes him, she discovers exactly why there has been no correspondence from Fitz, and she decides to follow Logan to his home, certain she’ll find Fitz there.  Juliana does indeed find Fitz, only to discover that while he’s overjoyed to see her, he is in love with, and betrothed to another.  Juliana is no shrinking violet, and since the blame for all the subterfuge is squarely on Logan’s shoulders, she insists that he should now marry her.  Logan accepts that his machinations have caused Juliana’s impossible situation, but he refuses to marry her.  He’s not ready for marriage, and when he is, it will be to a Scottish girl of his own choosing.

Juliana and Logan were attracted to each other while being antagonistic from the get go. Logan’s intention was never to hurt his brother or Juliana, but to do what was best for his clan, regardless of the cost.  Slowly, as he comes to learn a little more of Juliana’s character, and the story of her niece and the odious man who would become her guardian, he begins to seriously consider marriage.  They are a couple of very strong, stubborn, and determined people, and sparks fly when they are together.  They come to agree to marry, and plan to return to England immediately.

One thing I dearly missed in this story was the reunion of the brothers, their feelings and reactions to meeting each other for the first time in twenty eight years.  The action just picks up after Fitz had been there for several months, and while we are given some glimpses into his character, I really wanted to know him better.  Logan took some unwise actions, but always with the best of intentions.  He is dedicated, charming, strong, and very, very sexy.  I found his protectiveness and care of his innocent wife to be so attractive, while at the same time, wanting to shake him for his evasiveness and secrecy.  Juliana also is much to be admired.  She’s focused, strong, forgiving, and willing to do whatever it takes to gain custody of her niece and to make her marriage work.  This couple falls in love quickly, but has to learn to share and respect each other’s abilities, while not jumping to erroneous conclusions.  TO WED A WILD SCOT is a steamy and engaging read that I didn’t want to put down and thoroughly enjoyed.    ~Rose

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