Byrne, Kerrigan. The Scot Beds His Wife. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2017.
Mass Market Paperback | $7,99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1250122544 | 394 pages |
The Scot Beds His Wife is one of my favorite books in the Victorian Rebels series so far, and for once, it has to do with the hero. While Gavin is still far from the type of hero I prefer, being a rogue who has slept with many women, particularly other men’s wives, I love that he is subtly different from the other Victorian Rebels heroes. While there is still a sense of danger about him, and a feeling that, if he was truly crossed, he would get even in the same way the others would, I loved that how his past under the thumb of his father, also the father of Liam Mackenzie, the hero from The Highlander, and Dougan Mackenzie/Dorian Blackwell from The Highwayman, shaped him differently, due to his close relationship with his mother, who his father abused. I love how Byrne captured the nuances of how damaged Gavin was while also showing how he did have a sense of humanity, through him wanting to remove himself entirely from the Mackenzie name and legacy and not be anything like his father.
Byrne always shines in creating strong, sympathetic heroines, and Samantha Master is no different, by not taking any crap from Gavin when it comes to him wanting to negotiate a deal. However, the deception regarding her identity, while it was done for the best of reasons, did start to worry me, especially when she married him under her assumed identity, and I just knew that once her lies upon lies came out, it wouldn’t turn out well. However, I did like the way it ended up being resolved.
I also loved that this book was much more humorous than previous installments, from the inclusion of comic relief characters like Locryn to the LOL-inducing wedding ceremony scene where Liam is conducting the ceremony, and he insults Gavin in the process, including making remarks about the likelihood that he’ll get syphilis. Not to mention that the story did get a bit farcical towards the end, especially once all the secrets have been revealed, and there’s a revelation about Alison Ross’ deeper connection to the Mackenzies.
I would recommend this book to fans of deep and angsty historical romance.