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 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 (Devil You Know, #2) by Kerrigan Byrne
Series: Devil You Know #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on September 29, 2020
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I received a complimentary ARC from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review.
ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED by Kerrigan Byrne
Cecelia Teague was being raised by an abusive vicar who was her father in name only, not by blood, until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past removed her from the awful situation. She was sent to a prestigious boarding school, where she met her best friends and formed the Red Rogues, and then to university. Cecelia thought she was on the brink of high society when she discovered that she inherited a gambling establishment, and a young girl to be her ward. Now Cecelia finds herself playing two roles, one as a proper lady who finds herself drawn to Lord Ramsay and then a savvy gaming hall owner trying to save her business from the same man.
Cassius Gerard Ramsay, the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, is a strong and commanding Scot who can be charming but refuses to be made a fool. He is determined to investigate and shut down London’s most notorious gaming hall as well as shut down on child sex-trading. Ramsay found himself attracted to Cecelia, especially in their shared social settings, but could not understand why he was intrigued and desiring the new owner of the gaming hall he was determined to shut down.
As Ramsay tried to work through the system of law to prevail other evil doings are destroying the hall; anonymous calls to the law, parts of the hall being blown up and destroyed. Cecelia finds herself being attack and is forced to flee from London with Ramsay and her ward.
Traveling to Scotland and spending time together, Ramsay and Cecelia learn so much more about each other; the hurts, the wounds, the loneliness. As they pass their time they find themselves falling in love, learning to compromise, as well as the answers to a few secrets and mysteries. In their case, love refuses to be bounded by rules.
Ms. Byrne provides amazing stories with at least one main character having been through something horrific and heartbreaking. She provided an outstanding tale that was the perfect balance of sweet, sexy, and suspenseful giving Cecelia and Ramsay a chance for happiness, love and a future together. I definitely recommend All Scot and Bothered to other readers and look forward to the next novel in this series.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.