Some Like it Scot (Scandalous Highlanders) by Suzanne Enoch
Overview by Amazon:
When a mad lass in trousers shoots at him, Munro “Bear” MacLawry isn’t sure what impresses him more-the girl’s sure aim or her irresistibly tempting curves. Catriona MacColl has fled to the Highlands with her half-sister to escape an unwanted wedding, and wants no part of him, nor any man. But he can’t abandon the flame-haired, sharp-tongued wildcat now that he’s discovered her-not when she fits so perfectly in his arms…
LEAD TO A LOVE FOR ALL TIME?
Munro has more than earned his nickname-he’s a well-muscled, well-favored mountain of a man with an engaging bad-boy grin and a string of well-satisfied lasses behind him. Bringing Catriona food, blankets, candles, everything she needs to survive a winter in an abandoned abbey, Munro is an unexpected gift in her reckless bid for freedom-and an unexpected complication. Clan MacDonald has plans for her, and they don’t include her falling for a MacLawry. But this man makes her feel like a woman-and he may be her one chance to live a life about which she’s only dared dream…
I have been waiting for this book! I have read the MacLawry siblings adventures in the past three books, but it was always Bear that intrigued me the most. I have a huge list of books to read, but once this landed on my kindle, I couldn’t stay away.
Bear, also known as Munro, is the youngest brother of the MacLawry Clan. He is not known for his brains, but rather his brawn. He is enormous at six and a half feet, built with pure muscle. He is the enforcer of the Highland clan and a womanizer. Never seeming to be serious about anything or any woman, he has become the centre of attention in his home – but not for the reasons one would think. All his siblings are married and have children. The brothers want to see Bear settled down and worry that he feels left out now. Bear doesn’t want to change his life and certainly won’t allow an arranged marriage.
He meets Catriona and her sister Elizabeth when he finds them squatting on MacLawry land. He is captivated from the start by the wildcat. Cat with her breeches and flaming hair has Bear under her spell. He adores that she fights with him, insults him and makes him work for her attention. She doesn’t know who he is at first, and is extremely reluctant to allow him to help her. In fact, she is very fond of her gun and shoots at him repeatedly. These two characters are so exciting. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect mate for Bear than Cat. A hothouse flower for him to protect wouldn’t have worked. Cat is strong and capable, raised like a man and she matches the physicality of Bear.
I adored how this plot unfolded. A lot of subterfuge and sneaking around keeps the first part of the book tense and engaging. Once the identities are known, the seduction begins in earnest. Since Cat has been raised like a man, she doesn’t simper or play games. When she returns Bear’s lust, it matches his level of interest. These two characters create sparks on the page when they are together. The other scenes in the book are relevant to the development of the plot (and well done), but lack the heat in the exchanges between Cat and Bear.
Since this is the Highlands, clan politics are a problem. Both Bear and Cat have to deal with their clans and the issues that their relationship brings. I always love this part of Scottish novels. The clan dynamics are so fascinating. I love how the author has made them complex and intricate. Since I have read about the other MacLawry’s adventures and the heaps of trouble they caused, it was so hypocritical of them to be against the relationship. I really empathized with Bear because he had always been so stalwart in his support of his clan and family and when he really needed them, they asked him to make a terrible choice.
The sensuality between Bear and Cat was heart pounding. These two are honest with who they are and what they want. I found myself carried away by the love and lust that bonded their relationship. Bear wanted to help Cat and most importantly accepted her for who she is. I think this is a really important message for women. Cat has been mocked and belittled her whole life for the way she was raised. Bear was the first person to appreciate and see her the way she was. He never tried to change her and was vocal about how he liked her for who she was. When Cat did want to wear a dress and present herself as the Lady she was, he not only agreed, but supported her fully. I think I died and went to heaven when he played lady’s maid and braided her hair. Isn’t it always the toughest and the biggest men who have the softest heart?
I have loved all the books in this series, but this one blew me away! I loved the characters and the plot. The politics of clan business created great conflict that had me extremely engaged as a reader. Often you find yourself frustrated and exasperated, yelling at the screen, “just do this…” But that never happened with this book. I truly felt that this duo was the real deal and would face the world together. An excellent end to a wonderful series!
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