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Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes
Also by this author: The Captive
Series: Windham Brides #2
Published by Forever
Genres: Adult, Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
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A MAN WITH MANY TALENTS
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.
Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear. - via GoodReads
When the opportunity to review Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes came along I had to give it a go. It’s been too long since I’ve read a Grace Burrowes historical romance and it was the perfect time to pick up this book. I’ve really enjoyed her books that I had read in the past and a trip to merry old England was well past overdue.
Anwen Windham is dedicated to running her orphanage but has to do so while pretending not to and sometimes being stifled by the men who are actually in charge and who see charity work as work and not rewarding in the slightest. Beyond that her days are filled with knitting, needlework, and sometimes scheming and plotting. Colin MacHugh is new to English society as his elder brother was recently made a duke. As his brother has no children yet that makes him the duke’s heir (even if temporarily). Colin seeks guidance into English society from his friend Winthrop Montague.
I have to say that it did take me a little while to get all the secondary characters down. This is the second book in the series and there may have been a slightly slower introduction in the first book (which I haven’t read…yet!). Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes also includes several characters from Burrowes’ Windham series. Now that I know what I’ve been missing I’ll be heading back to read those books as well. Four boys from the orphanage play a large role throughout the book. Personally I enjoyed this. They added a bit of realism and had some fairly good observations.
Once I had the characters down this book was amazing! I devoured most of it on a Saturday. Burrowes’ filled Too Scot to Handle with romance, intrigue, and, surprisingly, humor. I found myself giggling at quite a few scenes. I don’t remember there being a lot of humor in the previous books I had read by her but this one was humorous. Think along the lines of Tessa Dare. I was very excited to see that Elizabeth’s book is next!
I typically don’t read a series out of order but typically the word “series” when applied to historical romances means more along the lines of books with repeating characters that rotate through the spotlight. They are still sequential but I don’t feel you loose much by reading them out of order. Reading Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes made me excited to go back and pick up the first in the series and the previous Windham series that I haven’t gotten around to yet! That’s quite a tall order from one book but I look forward to the challenge!