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All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Devil You Know #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 29, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance
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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 APPLY
Cecelia 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 is the second book in The Devil You Know series which follows the antics of three friends bonded together at a boarding school by their red hair, penchant for trouble, a tragic event and a secret society where they indulged in manly pursuits. Like most historical romances this book does not need to be read in order and is a self contained story.
Cecelia is the buxom beauty of the group. She is a women full of curves and soft smiles with a love of wine and truffles. She is perfectly aware that spinsterhood is right around the corner. Since she never planned to marry it is fine by her, she’s never really met a man she was that interested in. That is until her aunt dies leaving her a gaming hell/brothel even though she’s never touched a man in that way. Too bad that man is a justice of the court and wants to bring the gaming hell down.
Cassius can’t say what it is about Cecelia he is drawn to, except for everything about her. But between his mother and once fiancé, he has little to no trust in women and can’t believe the woman before him is as she seems. Still when someone tries to kill her he is determined to keep her and her new ward safe. Even if it means revisiting his past and a place he hates.
I really like Cecelia through this entire book. She is sweet and kind and really strong in her sense of self. Lord Ramsey was a little much to handle a few times with his broken views on women, but it made it all the sweeter when he finally made some breakthroughs. I loved how Cecelia really held her own against Cassius and found a way to kill him with kindness also. I was slightly surprised to find out who was behind the murder attempts and why. The lineage of Cecelia’s ward was also a pretty big surprise although looking back on it I should have known.
Overall another pretty fun story of a Scot and the Girl that stole his heart.