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This Scot of Mine

by Sophie Jordan

Series: The Rogue Files (4)

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A daring deception... Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie--that she's pregnant with another man's child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster...until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin. She's the answer to his curse... Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition--marry my ruined sister--it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul. No escaping the truth... Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?… (more)
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Lady Clara Autenberry is completely disenchanted with her unpleasant fiancé. She devises an unusual plan. She tells him that she is pregnant with another man's child. This ruins her in his eyes. What's more is she is ruined in the eyes of society, so Clara flees to Scotland, to the hone of her brother, Marcus, the duke of Autenberry, and his wife, Alyse. She may alwas be a spinster, but at least the ruination and unavoidable gossip won't follow her.

When she mees Laird Hunt MacLarin, her thoughts of forever being alone all but flee in her mind. She is very much drawn to him. Hunt is equally enthralled with Clara, but due to a curse that has afflicted his father and grandfather, he feels he must always be unmarried. When Marcus suggests that Hunt marry his sister, it is for a specific reason - beyond the attraction. The thing is, Hunt needs an heir, but when men in his family line get close to fatherhood, they are beset by tragedy and they have all died.

Hunt has an unbelievable opportunity to become a father. As he has not impregnated Clara, he won't be affected by the curse. Maybe they can enjoy the carnal pleasures of husband and wife for a time, until the child is born, and then the can continue on living seperate lives, albeit husband and wife. A perfect plan.

No plan is foolproof, however. At first, Clara refuses Hunts offer of marriage. When she does choose to marry him, however, she knows she must tell him of the fact that she is not pregnant. Quite naturally, they fall for one another, and Marcus, indeed, does come under the threat of the curse.

This Scot of Mine was a fun story, full of steam, romance, the aforementioned curse, and unusual accidents. The story flowed quickly and had a terrific conclusion. This was a nice addition to a successful series. I look forward to continuing this series.

This Scot of Mine is the fourth book in The Rogue Files series, preceded by While the Duke Was Sleeping (2016) and The Scandal of it All (2017) and The Duke Buys a Bride (2018), to be followed by The Duke's Stolen Bride, due for release this fall.

Many thanks to Avon and to Edelweiss for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
Clara invents a pregnancy to get out of a proposed marriage and instead ends up married to Hunt McLarin who needs a wife and heir but is under a curse. Clara's pregnancy solves the problem of the curse - he thinks.
This is a fun book, easy to read and the characters are interesting. The details of the curse are a little murky and everyone's acceptance of it seems odd (especially the English), but it's a cute romance as Clara and Hunt get to know each other. I usually find Sophie Jordan books a little frothy, but fun all the same. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Jun 1, 2019 |
Lady Clara, sister to the Duke of Autenberry, acted impulsively and ended up betrothed to a cruel man. Her friend, Marian, had tried to dissuade her from the betrothal, but Clara was determined. When Clara came to her senses, she saw only one way out – she told him that she was expecting another man’s child. Now, she is on her way to Scotland to live with her brother and his wife – in disgrace.

Laird Hunt MacLarin is cursed – literally. The Lairds of MacLarin have been cursed for five generations. They will never live to see their firstborn son and heir take his first breath. Hunt is determined to circumvent the curse – he won’t marry and he won’t sire a child. He has been very, very, very careful. His only intimate relations are with a barren widow – though he’s tiring of that and he does long to have a family of his own. He’s thankful when the perfect solution is just dropped into his lap. The sister of his friend, the Duke of Autenberry, has arrived in disgrace – she is unwed and expecting. He can marry her and raise her child as his own. Perfect solution.

Now, there is where all of the trouble begins. He proposes, she refuses. Good for her – because she knows that he believes he is cursed and she also knows that the only reason he’s proposed to her is that he believes she is expecting. Clara thinks the curse is hokum and can’t believe that Hunt firmly believes in it. Then – her family and friend convince her to accept – but she doesn’t tell Hunt the truth – she isn’t pregnant.

*** She’d show him curses didn’t exist. She’d show him that they could build a life together. And maybe, possibly, they could be happy. ***

They marry – and then the truth is revealed. Hunt is livid at the deception. Then, when they arrive at Hunt’s castle, Clara meets Hunt’s grandmother, Nana. Nana isn’t happy that they have married and especially not happy that Clara lied to Hunt.

*** “Ye be the one.” Clara shook her head in bewilderment. “The one . . . who, ma’am?” “The one tae murder my grandson.” ***

I was really looking forward to reading this story – it had a different spin and seemed as if it would be interesting. Unfortunately, for me, it fell short of my expectations. Here are a few of the things that bothered me.
• Clara NEVER, not once, told him that she loved him. He said it – she didn’t. That was disappointing in a romance. She thought about it, but she never told him.
• The solution to the curse was a little too abrupt. Plus, it is physically impossible for it to have happened as described. Clara is sitting at the table and then announces that her water has broken. Yet, when the birth happens, the birth is within the caul (actually I think her use of caul may be wrong too - she's actually talking about the birth sack). It cannot be both. For the water to break, the caul (birth sack) has to have ruptured.
• Speaking of the curse, it seemed a pretty lame one. You’d think that with a curse like this one, he’d drop dead at the moment of conception, or the earth would open up and swallow him whole, or maybe he’d go up in a burst of flames. Yet, what do we get – a series of benign, non-fatal accidents that could have been fatal, but weren’t.
• It is rife with one of my pet peeves – title/formal address issues. These are so easy to research – there is no excuse for getting them wrong.
• I guess what struck me the most though was Clara, her brother, her sister-in-law, and Marion all being perfectly okay with deceiving Hunt about the pregnancy. They all KNEW that he sincerely believed in the curse, yet, because they believed differently, it was okay to ignore his beliefs. It didn’t bother them in the least that if they were wrong, it was his life in the balance. For that, I never came to really like Clara.
• There are a number of other things, but I’ll not enumerate them here.

I liked the basic story – or at least the idea of it – and I really liked Hunt. He was a really good man. I was rooting for him the entire way through.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. ( )
  BarbaraRogers | Mar 9, 2019 |
2.5*

I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you.

This book didn’t start in the best way. I was really excited to read it, since I really like the author, but it just didn’t meet my expectations.

Everything felt too rushed, at the end of the book I would not be able to tell you more than one or two characteristics of the hero, and the heroine, who was supposed to be this strong, fierce lady, just… wasn’t.

I would have loved to see the love between Clara and Hunt develop, but no, we a got a curse, a couple that gets married, and that’s about it.

I loved the idea of the curse, and I wanted to know more about it, and wanted to see how everyone came to believe it, not just “this happens, so it’s the curse”.

And this kind of arranged marriage/forced proximity/insta-love kind of trope, just didn’t work for me. And I really like arranged marriages, when the couples get to know one another, where we start to see who they really are… and that just lacked here.

I want to say good things so… the sexy scenes were quite good! And I liked Marian, Clara best-friend. I’m hoping her book will be much better.

It had a nice premise, but it did not deliver. ( )
  Joana_v_v | Mar 3, 2019 |
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss Plus in exchange for a fair review. This Scot Of Mine by Sophie Jordan is the fourth book in her Rogue Files series. It can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading the series as it’s very enjoyable. When the true character of her betrothed becomes clear to her Lady Clara Autenberry unable to get out of the engagement any other way has let it be known she is ruined. Banished to her brothers house in Scotland,she meets Laird Hunt MacLaren and sparks fly. Hunt has never considered marrying because he believes his family to be under a curse that says he will die before his first child draws breath. He proposes to Clara thinking to get around the curse because he assumes that the rumours around her banishment are true and she is already pregnant. Clara not believing in curses, not wanting to become a spinster and attracted to Hunt accepts. I very much enjoyed this delightful tale of a not so convenient marriage of convenience. Medium Steam, Publishing Date March 12, 2019. #ThisScotOfMine #Edelweissplus #SophieJordan #AvonImpulse #HarperCollins ( )
  nmgski | Jan 8, 2019 |
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A daring deception... Desperate to escape her vile fiancé, Lady Clara devises a bold lie--that she's pregnant with another man's child. With her reputation in tatters, Clara flees to Scotland to live out her days in disgrace, resigned to her fate as a spinster...until she claps eyes on the powerful and wickedly handsome Laird Hunt MacLarin. She's the answer to his curse... Laird of an ancient clan, Hunt needs an heir, but he comes from a long line of men cursed to die before the birth of their firstborn. When the Duke of Autenberry approaches him with a proposition--marry my ruined sister--it seems the perfect solution. Even better, the defiant lass stirs him to his very soul. No escaping the truth... Except marriage cannot set them free. No matter how much Hunt desires her. No matter how much Clara burns for him. Soon she is falling for her husband, but is love enough to end the curse? Or is the tragic history of the MacLarin Clan doomed to repeat itself?

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