Friday, January 15, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne

All Scot and Bothered

Devil You Know Book 2

by Kerrigan Byrne

All Scot and Bothered is the second book in the stunning Devil You Know series by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne!

They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way 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.


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 a 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?

"With the Devil You Know series, Byrne once again delivers the beautifully nuanced characters and seductive storytelling her readers have come to expect."—Booklist

Momma Says: 1 star⭐

I really enjoyed the first book in the Devil You Know series, but the differences were like night and day from that one to this one. He's a jerk, but considering the era, his attitude toward women wouldn't be too far off. The character that drove me crazy was Cecelia. Not that she was a strong woman, even in historical romance when a lot of women tend to swoon, a strong woman can be a breath of fresh air. The problem is Cecelia was all over the place. She bounced around from one response to another. She might be afraid one minute and flirty the next. I never knew how she'd react at any given moment and the result was that none of it rang true. As I said, I don't expect a lot of realism with historical romance. I expect a fun, entertaining story, maybe a bit of escapism. Unfortunately, when a character is so contradictory, it's just distracting and irritating, at least in my opinion. I really expected good things with this series after my experience with the first book, but I came away from this one disappointed. I'm hoping that this is just a one-off and things will improve with the next book, so we shall see. 

❃❃ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press

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