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Wild Wicked Scot I ve received this book directly from the author, in exchange for this review Thank you Review in portuguese here Wicked Scot brings us a story of spoiled girl who can t stand for herself and, to be truthful, doesn t know what to do with her life I mean, until she returns to her husband s house, three years after she had left him Margot is that kind of character that is hard to like, at least for some of the book There s a small evolution, but sti I ve received this book directly from the author, in exchange for this review Thank you Review in portuguese here Wicked Scot brings us a story of spoiled girl who can t stand for herself and, to be truthful, doesn t know what to do with her life I mean, until she returns to her husband s house, three years after she had left him Margot is that kind of character that is hard to like, at least for some of the book There s a small evolution, but still, it s too bad that she doesn t trust Arran I understand why she wouldn t do it at the beginning, but the second he gave a chance to tell him, she should have taken it Nevertheless, she manages to slowly redeem herself little by little, and at the end of the book is much stronger than she was at the beginning Arran is amazing He s the perfect book boyfriend, from beginning to end Everything he does is to please Margot and to help her to integrate her new home and he loves her deeply, trying his hard to please her He feels so completely betrayed when she leaves him and his male ego maybe the only small thing against him prevented him from following her No wonder that, when she decides to pop up completely unannounced, he becomes suspicious of her The whole book is about building trust, not only between the characters, but also the reader we want what s best for Arran and, for a while, we re not completely sure if Margot really deserves him But, as she begins to show that she s no longer the childish girl she was when she married, we start to understand her a bit better and we want to give her a chance The small mystery the book has ends up just being there to unite the lovers and it s a case of being arrested for having a dog and not having a dog translation of a Portuguese expression which means you just couldn t have it right, no matter what you would did At the end of the day, all is resolved, with trust being regained, and a love growing harder and stronger It was a book that only took me four days to read and it kept me hooked on it A well spent time, with lots of romance, fighting for honour and a true love that is always worth fighting for 4.5 StarsMy first reaction when I finished this I didn t want it to be over So I went to see what s next in the seriesWild Wicked Scot is truly engaging and captivating Is got caught up in the story from the get go and couldn t put my kindle down until I was finished.I have never read a book by London before, but I feel I really need to rectify that error now and read all the previously published books by her Because this is written by a master of her craft There are multiple POV and then 4.5 StarsMy first reaction when I finished this I didn t want it to be over So I went to see what s next in the seriesWild Wicked Scot is truly engaging and captivating Is got caught up in the story from the get go and couldn t put my kindle down until I was finished.I have never read a book by London before, but I feel I really need to rectify that error now and read all the previously published books by her Because this is written by a master of her craft There are multiple POV and then the story jumps back and forth between the time line as well, seemingly all at random But it s so brilliantly done Each jump is precisely what the story needed and not only that it s done completely smooth.The dialogues feel authentic, there is a good dose of humor and some wonderfully sensual smut.Add to that, the beautiful writing style and you got me attention.But then London outdid all of this with the character building I was so caught up with Margot and Arran, with their feelings, with their hopes and regrets and their fears I totally got both of them, got their pain and rejoiced over their growth I needed them to find happiness Which in itself is a total feat to achieve I mean I like a happy ending, like anyone, but I never ok rarely might beaccurate have such a desperate yearning for the characters to get it.The story line is a brilliant tale of star crossed lovers arranged marriage gone bad to finding love with each other.The romance is beautiful, heartbreaking and wonderfully different in many ways.The plot is captivating, I kept guessing who the culprit was, was kept on my toes and hoping until right to the end.The epilogue btw, is simply beautiful And that, is another stroke for London Because it could have been simply too mushy for me, which many of them are But again, just like in so many other instances, she gets it just right, is on point with the emotions, the sweet little details and a dash of humor It s just perfect, really.To be honest, I am not sure how historically correct this novel is I am not clued up on the particular clan history of it s time I don t even know if there is a Norwood Park But it feels authentic The lifestyles, the manners, the prejudice and the dialogues not feel only authentic bu real enough to make this a great historical romance.The character building, does like I said before outshine everything It takes this from a good to an excellent novel for me.Margot, with all her silly naivety, was dear to my heart quite fast I got where she was coming from, even if I knew she was being ridiculous and utterly spoilt at times Arran, sigh Arran is the perfect Scottish hero I mean this Sincerely He is gruff and tough, yet so gentle and caring Absolutely clueless at times, but again, I got him.Their characters feel real and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow and breach their differences together Their flaws and shortcomings make themrealistic.The support cast is just as well written Again, London seems to bring just the right characters in when needed to highlight a situation Andso I want to knowabout several of the side cast I want to know the details about Nell and Jock And to be honest I hope there will be a story about Grizella Oh and one for Knox who was he with in the village Basically, I just want.Compelling, well crafted novel, that left me wanting MORE Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish HighlandsBorn into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn t belong in a Scottish chieftain s devil may care world Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn t looked back except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie s passionate embrace But as their respective countries fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it Red haired, green eyed Margot was Arran s beautiful bride Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage and seduction But even as their secrets tangle together, there s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger I ve given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.I confess straight out that I m not the world s biggest fan of books with the word Scot or Highlander in the title as the majority of those I ve read have seemed to have identical plots and characters So reviewing Wild Wicked Scot, the first in Julia London s new Highland Grooms series wasn t an automatic choice for me until I saw Derek Perkins listed as the narrator I ve listened to him several times before and he I ve given this an A for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.I confess straight out that I m not the world s biggest fan of books with the word Scot or Highlander in the title as the majority of those I ve read have seemed to have identical plots and characters So reviewing Wild Wicked Scot, the first in Julia London s new Highland Grooms series wasn t an automatic choice for me until I saw Derek Perkins listed as the narrator I ve listened to him several times before and he always delivers a solid, entertaining performance, so with him at the helm, I settled in to enjoy at least the narration and discovered that, taken as a whole, the listen exceeded my expectations.Lady Margot Armstrong, the daughter of the Earl of Norwood , is nearly eighteen, beautiful, flighty and rather spoiled She enjoys the attentions of the well mannered, courtly young gentlemen around her and fully expects she will eventually marry one of them and continue living in the style to which she is accustomed Until one night when, completely out of the blue, her father introduces her to Laird Arran Mackenzie and announces that they are to be married.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals It was a good read Feeling very lazy I will write a detailed review later This was a win Got the English maid and Scottish laird trope, but it is served up with some realism about the radically different spheres and environments the two come from and the challenges it presents that makes this interesting Honestly, Arran is one of the most romantic male leads I ve read in a long time By the end, if you re not right there believing it you got lost along the way For acoherent and substantive review see Kyraryker WhiskeyintheJar who was also the one who alerted This was a win Got the English maid and Scottish laird trope, but it is served up with some realism about the radically different spheres and environments the two come from and the challenges it presents that makes this interesting Honestly, Arran is one of the most romantic male leads I ve read in a long time By the end, if you re not right there believing it you got lost along the way For acoherent and substantive review see Kyraryker WhiskeyintheJar who was also the one who alerted me to the splendid pricing deal that I took advantage of Cheers A marriage of convenience is a favourite trope of mine and in Wild Wicked Scot Margot Armstrong certainly hits it lucky in her father s choice of husband, the deliciously rugged Scottish chieftain Arran McKenzie, Baron of Balhaire However, these are dangerous times between England and Scotland and this marriage of convenience is built upon very shaky ground with Margot a pawn in the games of powerful men and the politics of the two countries.The story opens with a prologue and a series of flash A marriage of convenience is a favourite trope of mine and in Wild Wicked Scot Margot Armstrong certainly hits it lucky in her father s choice of husband, the deliciously rugged Scottish chieftain Arran McKenzie, Baron of Balhaire However, these are dangerous times between England and Scotland and this marriage of convenience is built upon very shaky ground with Margot a pawn in the games of powerful men and the politics of the two countries.The story opens with a prologue and a series of flashbacks In the prologue Margot is an immature seventeen year old with very entrenched ideas as to what makes the perfect man and unfortunately for her, Arran McKenzie doesn t tick any of those boxes But she has no choice in the matter, and in the interests of her powerful father and her Wild Wicked Scot, she is the sacrificial lamb in their machinations to help broker an uneasy alliance between Scotland and England not to mention the added bonus of money and lands which such a union will bring As the story gets underway Margot has already left her husband and is now returning to him after an absence of three years Their marriage had floundered after only four months when she ran back to England.Arran McKenzie is a lovely character, well developed and extremely likeable and my sympathy was with him all the way through To begin with, Margot is quite irritating although to be fair, she was very young, and she did her limited, childish best to fit into Arran s world But her attempt to transport her much loved tonnish lifestyle into the depths of the Scottish Highlands was, quite obviously, doomed to failure, especially as she only half heartedly attempted to become the Laird s lady in truth Margot considered herself to be neglected outside of the bedchamber, but she failed to understand what a busy man Arran was with his many responsibilities to his clan, his prosperous, time consuming continental sea trading business and the personal training of his first rate soldiers And so Margot runs away and returns to her frivolous lifestyle in England Then, after three years during which she has no contact whatsoever with her husband, her autocratic father again pulls her strings and she is sent back to Balhaire, this time with the hidden agenda of spying on her husband Quite understandably, she is subjected to a host of suspicious Scots not least of whom is her husband who cannot believe that she has suffered a complete about turn.There are a number of inconsistencies about the relationship between Arran and Margot that niggled at me They obviously enjoyed a very satisfactory love life after their marriage, which I would have thought would have counted in Arran s favour But no, this isn t enough for Margot to try to build a life with her gorgeous husband so she just ups and leaves without a word That said, the problems don t all fall on her side, because Arran just lets her go without even asking her why Then, he meekly sends her enough money to live comfortably even though her desertion has humiliated him in front of his entire clan None of this rings true Nor does the fact that Arran is repeatedly described as being wild and wicked , when he s nothing of the sort he s just a man with lusty appetites for all things, and is a loyal, honourable man with oodles of integrity right from the beginning and he s certainly no push over I also couldn t believe that Margot s father would have accepted her return to his house after only four months, especially given the trouble he went to to arrange the match Margot is somewhat redeemed once she begins to see Arran as he really is and sets out determinedly to win his love and trust, but her character is definitely the least engaging of the two.There is a reasonably well developed plot which deals with the question of Arran s loyalties, but because of the inconsistencies in the romance, I was taken out of the story and found this fairly important point overshadowed The author s attempts to use the highland vernacular in particular her overly frequent use of the word aye were also very distracting.Overall, Wild, Wicked Scot is an uneven read, and is raised to the slightly above average bracket by the character of Arran, who is simply gorgeous The story is nicely written so I would be interested to see how the rest of the series plays out This story is about rebuilding a marriage alongside a traitorous plot Margot left her husband in Scotland three years before and has now come back to him to uncover if he is a traitor or not Arran immediately suspects that Margot has not returned because she wants to give their marriage another try Both suspicious of each other, can their marriage survive This book hashistory and politics in it than most historical romances I read but I liked the idea that there was a secret plot bubbl This story is about rebuilding a marriage alongside a traitorous plot Margot left her husband in Scotland three years before and has now come back to him to uncover if he is a traitor or not Arran immediately suspects that Margot has not returned because she wants to give their marriage another try Both suspicious of each other, can their marriage survive This book hashistory and politics in it than most historical romances I read but I liked the idea that there was a secret plot bubbling that greatly affected our characters This book isthan just romance Then the romance came in and out of the story as we see through the present day and flashbacks of how their marriage is taking this long separation and the struggles it was before, and now really Margot left a spoiled and lonely child but returned a strong woman on a mission Arran can automatically see a difference in her They have both suffered but until they opene up to each otherthey would never see how much they care for each other and they would only see how their marriage is dangling from the edge of a cliff Margot doesn t believe Arran is a traitor but she needs proof one way or another to satisfy her stupid as her suspicious father and brother Honestly, both can just go to hell Moving on, when Margot returns she has change and has made it her separate mission to try to find some balance in her marriage and really try to fit into the highland lifestyle which is quite different from her English upbringing with gowns and society parties She struggles, A LOT, but she is very determined to change There were some slow parts in the first half of the book but there were also some incredibly wonderful moments between our main characters I was even questioning if this marriage was really going to work You can see they do care about each other but there are secrets, lies, betrayal and deceit The whole traitorous plot goes right up until the very end I wasn t even sure for a little while if the book would end in a cliffhanger but it doesn t, thank god for that The uncertainty of their lives and marriage kept me on my toes until the very end and I absolutely loved the last chunk of the book When times seem so bleak, they had each other for strength and eventually love and understanding I truly love Margot and Arran They suit each other so well and even with all of their problems they oh so slowly rebuild something that was once lost and broken The epilogue was perfect and I was ecstatic that they were in each other s arms once again I receieved this ARC via Netgalley. This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Margot Armstrong, was shocked when her father forced her to marry a wild highlander, Arran McKenzie She didn t feel like she fit in, in a world she knew nothing about and a life she felt fear right around the corner So against her better judgement, she abandoned her husband and returned to England Its been three long years, and she has returned in a not so honorable way Her father has coerced her that she This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Summary Margot Armstrong, was shocked when her father forced her to marry a wild highlander, Arran McKenzie She didn t feel like she fit in, in a world she knew nothing about and a life she felt fear right around the corner So against her better judgement, she abandoned her husband and returned to England Its been three long years, and she has returned in a not so honorable way Her father has coerced her that she must discover if her husband is a traitor to the crown She she has been sent to win back his affection and learn the truth But with each day that passes, Margot regrets everything she has done that has deceived Arran, a man that she admires and is starting to fall in love with Arran doesn t trust Margot or her return after being gone for three years He had finally managed to get over losing his wife and now she has returned and he knows he can t trust anything she says But as desire flares between them and the lines of lust and love become blurred, there is a plot again Arran, and soon they will have to take a leap of faith in order to survive the treachery among those Margot s loves the most Plot and Story Line Wild Wicked Scot is the most latest novel from our esteemed Julia London and a great beginning to a new historical series In Wild Wicked Scot I fell in love in a way that I never expected Now I will say this, the heroine is the only aspect of the story I didn t like She was really difficult at times, and selfish and spoiled especially in the beginning So I had a hard time liking her at least until the later part of the story In Wild Wicked Scot, I feel like one of the major aspects of the story that makes you fall in love is how her character changes She starts out as one you can t stand but turns out to be quite wonderful in the end Uncle Ivor once told Arran that there was nothingdangerous to man than a woman No beast, no plague, no pestilence, he d said jovially from his perch on a rock as they d stalked red deer Men live and die for them, lad You ll see what I mean when you ve come of age, aye The trick is to find a steady one and keep her close She changes through the story, and she does see the error of her ways and does what is right when it really matters Now our hero.he is simple fantastic and sees right through Margot from the beginning I liked that he didn t just believe she wanted a reconciliation since it had been three years and hadn t heard a word from her But we see through the story that he has always cared for it, but didn t know how to show it We see the various ways the characters are tested to their limits in this one I loved the espionage theme we have going on here It really added some intensity to the plot and the writing was superb in this one I honestly read this in one sitting, it was so dang good Even though I had some issues with our heroine, the writing just pulled me in and I didn t want the story to end I am very curious to see how the second book connects to this one But in this, you must trust me Arran, for heaven s sake, you must, at last, trust me I love you, and not because our fortunes are aligned Because in this little lodge, you taught me what is important You taught me what it meant to care for someone I don t care about balls and society I care about how many potatoes the earth will yield, and how I might mend the hole I put in your shirt, and if you will love your child as much as you love those wretched dogs at Balhaire He bowed his head, sighing in relief MargotDiah She took his face in her hands and made him look up at her You became the beginning and the end of my world here, and I choose you I will always choose you The Cover Such a beautiful and tenderly romantic cover I really love the blue colors and the pose is sexy yet sweet too Overall View Wild Wicked Scot is a vividly pictured romance that is a winning story that shows the tests of trust, desire and fighting for what is right COMPELLING ON EACH PAGE Click To Buy Onfoogallery id 24091 ARC from Harlequin and Netgalley.3.5 3.75I have mixed feeling on this one..Well the synopsis for the story covers the overall gist of the storyline I m going to shareof what my feeling on the book are and overview of the characters Margot and Arran s marriage was one of political and monetary value to both Actuallyso Arran then Margot, for her Father pretty much forced the marriage on Margot Margot was a young, very young, eighteen year old when she married She had been pampe ARC from Harlequin and Netgalley.3.5 3.75I have mixed feeling on this one..Well the synopsis for the story covers the overall gist of the storyline I m going to shareof what my feeling on the book are and overview of the characters Margot and Arran s marriage was one of political and monetary value to both Actuallyso Arran then Margot, for her Father pretty much forced the marriage on Margot Margot was a young, very young, eighteen year old when she married She had been pampered and spoiled by her Father and brothers all her life Arran was a Scottish chieftain who took care of his clan, worked hard and was a total Alpha We have a story of two opposites, forced to marry and both very stubborn The story begins with a Prologue with their forced marriage and then dives into the present tense We find Margot returning three years after their marriage She had left Arran not even a year into their marriage This was a very well written, character driven romance The story had me connected and engrossed throughout the book I found each character multi dimensional, with new layers being revealed of who as well as why they were throughout the story The writing and description of the time period was excellent and made me feel as if I was right there The descriptions of life in the castle was excellent And also something kind of small but yet not was Arran s dogs and how he cared for them and how they behaved was done so well But here s what I struggled with, Margot Gosh I so didn t like her for almost half the book It took too long for her to be likable and for her to open her eyes and grow up She was too spoiled and just a brat at times I think it took too long to come to understand why she was the way she was and also for her to see the light of what she had in Arran It didn t happen till almost sixty to seventy percent of the story Which to me is too long, at least start the process of it a quarter into the book so we could beinvested or start to like herearlier Arran, oh I loved him Some might not at first as he comes across pretty strong but the author gave a little glimpse of what a sweetheart he his early on in the book His love for Margot, oh my heart melted He was so good to his clan people, devoted, loyal and I loved his tender heart for his dogs I hope and wish that the author will see this and give some thought to making some adjustment to the heroines character because this could be a richer andbeautiful love story