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.
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 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
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This book was off the charts for me. I loved the story, it was easy to connect with the characters and feel for them, and the intrigue kept me turning the pages. I usually read books for the men. It's what makes romance great for me. I did read for Ramsey for sure, but Cecilia Teague had an equally dramatic story. She was a plus-size lady, intelligent, wore glasses, had spent much of her life humiliated, shamed, and lonely. Yet she faced life with optimism, a smile, and good nature. She took on every task handed to her, including a gaming hell she'd inherited from her murdered aunt. Enter Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, Cassius Gerard Ramsey or just Ramsey. He was strung as tight as a bow. He had no mercy or leniency in his bones. Not one iota. He was on the case of missing little girls being sold into the sex trade and was convinced that Cecilia Teague was involved in it. He was determined to bring her down and hard! He didn't try to hide the fact that he hated her and everything she stood for. He was wrought with anger, self-righteousness, and piousness and Lord help the person who dared to cross him. But he has a story of his own that left me breathless and even a little teary. Ramsey and Cecilia were on a collision course with destiny. She thought she was unworthy. He thought he was above reproach and wouldn't stoop to the level of befriending a gaming hell owner that he thought was selling little girls and running a brothel at the same time. He had the law to uphold and a reputation to look after. But he couldn't deny his attraction to her, no matter what her sins were. This is pretty much an enemies-to-lovers trope. It isn't exactly a trope I love, but this one worked so well in so many ways. There were more than a few surprises. I loved Ramsey and Cecilia alone and I loved them together. I loved how they worked together for the common good, worked out their pasts together, how he admired her voluptuousness and her mind, how she forgave him even when he was at his worst. It took a lot for both of them to see the other for who they were rather than what they were. I knew they were going to get their happily ever after. I just didn't know how they were going to pull it off. There were plenty of sighs, feels, and some steam that kept me up at night, had me shushing everybody in the house, and buying pizza for dinner. It grabbed me from the beginning and kept me for the entirety of the book. This is part of a series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The best books are the ones that can make you cry and laugh. I cry and laugh every time I read a book by Kerrigan Byrne. She has the ability to tug your heartstrings and make characters you want to root for. All Scot and Bothered has become another favorite for me. I give it 5 stars!!!
All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know, #2) by Kerrigan Byrne ..Love this series.. This one has it all..the damaged hero and heroine ...danger, deception, intrigue, tears, laughter, close friends, love/hate and lots of steamy stuff all getting us to a very HEA.
All Scot and Bothered is an entertaining identity hidden not really mistaken story by Kerrigan Byrne. Two strong cunning and at times ruthless characters match wits in life and love. To find the attraction so strong between them is interesting when they seem on opposite poles of business ethics. What should have been a man’s world in history has been taken over in Ms. Byrne’s book by rogue heroines. Don’t you just love this idea? Then the fact that the heroes find that they will do anything for the heroine even when they would have sworn such a thing would never happen to them. Such a fun read escape to Cecelia’s world with her troubles which you know will reach a satisfying conclusion by the end of the book. For just a little while, the troubles of today which seem more complicated and not so quickly solved any more can be put aside with a wonderful escapism romance, All Scot and Bothered. An ARC of the book was given to me which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is my first Byrne reading and and even though I had not read the first in this Devil You Know series I totally loved it. Character Cecelia Teague who is transformed on the pages from a poor abused child becomes a strong intelligent business women. Despite the efforts of Lord Ramsay who is set to find a gambling House owner; he cannot fight his attraction to Cecelia. Just an all around great historical novel with a strong female lead. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
I truly love everything that Kerrigan Byrne writes, so I was going into All Scot and Bothered with very high expectations. Though it took me a little while to get into the groove with this story, I'm happy to report that it fully won me over in the end. The plot threw me for a loop, as it's... complicated, to say the least. I was trying to figure out how all of these unbelievable pieces would fit together. Sure, I think it got overly muddled at times, but I eventually got into the groove of things and became immersed in these characters. Kerrigan Byrne writes characters with Angst, that's right, capital A. Her characters usually have to crawl their way back from hell, and I liked that she pulled no punches with this story. Both of these MCs have suffered in the past, and it made their happiness that much sweeter. I absolutely love that we got a curvaceous heroine. Not someone who has a little extra meat on her bones, but a thick woman with curves for days. It's what I needed in my life. And the hero loves every inch of her and craves a woman like that. Yes, please! I also adored the enemies-to-lovers plotline, and the uptight male MC who was hiding a passionate soul. Just the type of characters I love to read about. Put aside some of your logic to make the plot work and you'll be a happy camper, just like me. I swear, Kerrigan Byrne can do no wrong. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
Ohhh wow what an amazing read. I haven’t felt emotions like this in a long time. This author out does herself in each book. She reminds me of Johanna Lindsey. Such originality and what a wonder page turner. Can’t wait for tbt next one
Everyone deserves a chance at happiness… ****4.5 Stars**** Some of my very favourite stories have given me a hero that I vow to never fall in love with… until, of course I do. Then, I’m questioning how I could have ever doubted my eternal love and even on re-reads chortle at my initial doubts. What rage I felt at our introduction when he brings a tear to my eye with his thoughtless comments, turns into *Oh, the poor man is so misunderstood…* In All Scot and Bothered, Cassius had me swinging from rage, to confusion, to sympathy. The poor man just needed someone to love. I think the main reason I love a story with a hero that I grow to love, is that it shows a man with imperfections. Hubby broke a beer bottle last night because he was trying to carry 3 bottles at once. While I was a little frustrated when it happened, it was a nice reminder that Hubby is not perfect. That man can be an absolute pain in the butt with all his sweet and thoughtful ways. He cooks, he cleans, he parents well, AND he’s also a loving husband. So bloody frustrating. I cook when I absolutely must, I clean at a surface level, I parent my boys, AND I love hubby, but he just makes it look so easy. Dropping that bottle of beer just brings him down from bloody perfect to slightly imperfect. Cassius Gerard Ramsay takes pride in being right and just and a man without fault. If only he could fit through doors with that big head of his. OK, I’m probably being a bit harsh, he thinks he has a few faults. This man with few faults, suddenly finds a woman who makes him feel like a hormone-driven, bumbling fool and messes with his perfectly structured world. If he’s not careful, he may even start thinking that his perfect world is not so perfect without her playing havoc in it. Cecilia is a Red Rogue and proud of it. From a harsh and unloving childhood, finding her two red-headed friends couldn’t have happened at a better time. These three friends formed a bond that meant the sharing of secrets and having each other’s back at the worst of times. Cecilia is a smart and strong woman in her own right, but knowing she always has a Red Rogue to support her, makes her stronger. One of the best things about Cecilia is her big heart. Even with her terrible upbringing, it never made her want to share her misfortunes. If anything, it made her even more sweet and caring. What I found exceptionally well done in All Scot and Bothered, is the way Kerrigan Byrne dealt with body image. Cassius is an extremely large man and find Cecilia’s tall, curvy, and strong body perfect and very appealing. Instead of Cecilia’s character being all about her weight, she is extremely intelligent, spectacle wearing, and mostly comfortable in her skin. Again, I find myself a little picky when it comes to curvy characters. I don’t want it to be ALL about their size but I don’t want it to be completely ignored either. Lust, desire, and attraction are an individual thing. No one is the same and what one might find attractive, another might find unattractive. Cassius and Cecilia are a perfect match…once you get past the insults, awkward misunderstandings, and bombs exploding. All Scot and Bothered was a story that gripped me from the first page to the last. While Cassius took a wee bit of time to love, with more understanding of his history, it was hard not to love him by the end. Cecilia was a warm, intelligent, and giving person who was always concerned for the wellbeing of others. When Cecilia’s life is in danger, Cassius puts aside all of his preconceived ideas and judgements to protect her. Their time together forces them to face their attraction to each other and deal with their pasts that has shaped their lives up until now. Like all successful couples, they must learn to communicate, make sacrifices and trust each other. I loved this fast-paced, emotional, and sexy story, with characters that came to life for me. The additional characters were well developed, and I came to love a few of them and hope to see them more in the future. Cassius and Cecilia were strong characters that did have their vulnerabilities. While they originally believed that change was the only way they would work, it’s soon obvious, that changing each other could destroy what they have come to love. It’s not a secret that I’m a fan of Kerrigan Byrne’s words. Her stories take me from the lowest of lows, with tears, and sniffles galore, to the highest of highs, with my heart bursting, and smiles and sighs of delight. All Scot and Bothered ticked all my boxes and left me extremely satisfied. I can’t wait for more in the Devil You Know series. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.
Cecelia Teague has always been extremely smart and has no family to speak of, raised from early childhood by Vicar Josiah Teague she spent most of her early years paying for the sins of others. Plucked from his awful abuse by Genevieve Leveaux, Cecelia is swept up into a comfortable life where she can be herself and is sent to the best schools. That life is exponentially complicated by the untimely death of her aunt and inheritance of Miss Henrietta's School for Cultured Young Ladies. Enter Cassius Gerard Ramsay, Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His job is to investigate all activity at the most notorious gaming house in London, owned by the one woman who's stirred any feeling in him in 8 years. I absolutely adored this book, it has a little bit of everything, super tragic backstories, age gap, enemies to lovers, suspense, mystery, a grump who turns soft for the smart one. I love that Cecelia is intelligent and excels at math, she's curvy, not afraid of a challenge, and her main goal wasn't to get married. Ramsay, what can I even say about him? Initially, I hated him, he was a self-righteous jerk, a little more than halfway through, it hit me "oh my gosh, I actually love him". There were a couple of twists that I probably should have seen coming, but I was so swept up in the story-telling that I was caught off guard. I can not wait for the third book to see where this series goes.
Cecelia and Ramsay. Both had horrible childhoods. Came together as adults in a hate to love relationship, more so on Ramsay's part. Add Phoebe to the mix and it was just the right amount of mystery, action, romance and family.
Cecilia Teague is a modern woman trapped in the regency era. When she inherits a gambling hall and possible brothel, she also inherits an enemy in Lord Ramsey. But enemies become friends when Cecilia's life is in danger and Lord Ramsey takes her away to protect her. I enjoyed Lord Ramsey and Cecilia getting to know each other and working through their individual issues to find happiness in the end.
Kerrigan Byrne knows just what I'm looking for when it comes to a historical romance. Her series have been making me rush to buy the next book ever since she began putting out novels and this book is no exception. From beginning to end I was hooked. I love all the characters in this novel. They are wonderfully crafted and give me all the character building I crave in a good literary piece. As ever Ms. Byrne has created a literary prose worthy of the genre and packs in all the action we readers crave. Her dramatic flair has hit new levels with this book, and I can’t wait to see what she creates next. I truly felt very fortunate to have received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. It was incredibly well written, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us readers next.
This was a swoon worthy read! I had such a great time reading it and really liked the development of the plot. Both the main characters were flawed and yet watching them fall in love with each other and learning to accept each other was sweet. I liked the action and mystery in the story and found this to be an overall great read!
Who doesn't love a Kerrigan Byrne book? This book held up to my expectations from Ms. Byrne. I love a good enemies to lovers and was not disappointed with Ramsey and Cecelia. Ramsey a very grumpy and straight laced hero falls for our light if heart and over abundance of kindness heroine. Cecelia always managed to bring out the tender heart and mushy side of Ramsey. Cecelia being described as a curvy, voluptuous woman was very dear to my heart. Being curvy can be hard to find love but Ramsey loved everything about her. It was nice to see a little bit of reality in this story. As with other covers of Kerrigan Byrne this one didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good enemies to lovers story!! Thank you Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I loved this book. Kerrigan is one of my favourite historical romance authors that I will auto buy. This book was just as good, if not better than her previous ones. I loved the characters and the romance made me so happy while reading. I would recommend this book.
Kerrigan Byrne has once again proven her prowess as an author. Her wonderfully well thought out and highly developed characters coupled with her amazing talent for storytelling will wow you. The age gap did admittedly throw me for a small loop, however I found this to be such a truly wonderful read that I would have no problems adding this to my read again list. I was given this book to review by Netgalley. All opinions expressed here are my own and completely voluntary.
Cecelia is a member of the Red Rogues. She had a terrible go of it for the first several years of her life. Ramsey is a straight-laced justice with no compassion. They meet at his brothers party and he is instantly attracted to her. Nothing comes of it until they meet again 3 months. He is attracted to her, but distrusts women. Sparks and tempers fly. Ramsey must save Cecelia before he can love her.
Kerrigan Byrne is a wonderful author and this is a terrific installment! The hero is Scottish and grumbly for those who like that sort of thing. :P The deception storyline really worked for me.
All Scot and Bothered is a swoon worthy romance between a shy and kind-hearted heroine, Cecelia, and a grumpy bear of a Scot, Cassius Gerard Ramsay. Both bearing secrets that have left them scarred in different ways, yet when they are together, sparks fly…and old wounds begin to heal by the power of being loved unconditionally. Kerrigan Byrne has written a tale of how a kind beautiful heart can be the balm to sooth even the fiercest beast. I’ll not spoil the twists and turns of Cecelia and Ramsay’s love affair, Loved everything about this book!
This is my first Kerrigan Byrne book and boy did I love it. Enemies to lovers story in a Historical Romance. Warning, this one comes in a bit on the darker side and might make some readers uncomfortable with emotional abuse and some name calling. Also brings in a heroine with a curvy figure, my only complaint here is that the cover model is very slim so this does not fit with the actual story line (not the author’s fault).
I adored this book with my whole heart!!! I just love the way Kerrigan Byrne writes, and she has yet to let me down. We've got a gigantic Scottish grump of a hero who grows utterly obsessed with our kindhearted, fierce sunshine of a heroine. I love this kind of hero – he might be a grump to everyone else in the world, but he will turn into the mushiest, most tender sweetheart when it comes to the heroine (and her ward). And hello, age gap! This has all my favorite tropes in one book. If you love your historical romances with passion, intrigue, and a good dose of angst, you need to read this book. Hell, you need to read all of Kerrigan Byrne's historicals. I love the concept of this series surrounding our three heroines, nicknamed the Red Rogues, and cannot wait for our third and final lady's story, about Francesca, to come out!
"Life had taught him that a man must rein in his appetites with an iron fist..." describes Lord Ramsey exactly. He has a strength of character that cannot be questioned because of his tight rein. He is nowhere near roguish and might be considered boring in some circles. Fortunately he meets his match in Cecelia Teague she's not a wild woman, but to him she's a living sin and he finds it difficult to not think about her. Cecelia and Ramsey both suffered horribly as children and found their way out of it in different ways. Him with stubborn, strong character and hard work. Her by way of a benefactor and hard work. Ms. Byrne has such beautiful writing. I love reading her books. She can add life to her stories by the way she describes things. Definitely 5 stars to me.
This story was awesome! I loved Ramsay and Cecelia together. The story line had an interesting plot with a surprise twist, I had no clue who was behind all of the chaos. Great ending with them finding their HEA.
Kerrigan Byrne delivers again in an amazing historical romance novel filled with passion and intrigue! I've been loving Kerrigan's historical romance and find myself anxiously awaiting all her upcoming releases. This is BIG for me because I have never really been a fan of the genre. However, when Kerrigan writes one, I want it! This was the perfect addition to the series and readers who love a little action and a lot of passion within the characters won't want to miss this one.
Another beautifully written and extremely captivating installment in author Kerrigan Byrne's DEVIL YOU KNOW series. Highly recommended.
Another amazing story in the Devil You Know series! This time it is about Cecelia Teague, the buxom mathematician and one of the three "Red Rogues". We first met Cecilia in How To Love a Duke in Ten Days where it was revealed that a wealthy and anonymous benefactor has been financing her education and providing her with an allowance. She has long wondered who it is, and she finally founds out who it is. Ramsey, the Vicar of Vice and Lord Chief Justice, has dedicated his life to cleaning up the streets of London and eradicating it of its dens of inequity. He allows himself no pleasures or vices, with a reputation for having the highest of moral standards. That is, until he meets Miss Cecelia Teague, and his iron veneer and wall of ice around his heart start to crumble. Ms. Byrne as usual delivers us an exciting story full of mystery and intrigue, with plenty of surly Scotsman thrown in. It was so much fun seeing the grumpy Lord Chief Justice melt when it came to Phoebe, and to see him slowly lower his guard when it came to Cecilia. I knew Cecilia's past was a tragic one, and I wanted so much for her to finally feel like she was loved and accepted just as she was. She's inherited something unique from her benefactor that she commits to wholeheartedly, but it puts her at direct odds with Lord Chief Justice Ramsey. With the loyal Jean Yves with her and the Red Rogues, she has finally found something that makes her feel fulfilled and excited about the future. But will it come at the cost of no future with Ramsey? I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out! I have truly been loving these historical romances!! Cecilia and Ramsey together are pure perfection, and I feel like Ms. Byrne has left enough little clues in the first two books to clue me in as to who will star in book three with Francesca. I can't wait to read it!
All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne is an enjoyable and entertaining historical romance that is the second book in the Devil You Know series. I have to confess that I have not read the first book (although I just purchased it as an ebook today) and I feel that this could easily be a stand alone novel. I look forward to reading the first to see if it has any character crossovers. This is also the first book I have read by this author, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoy her style of writing. It is very descriptive, opulent, dramatic, flamboyant, and passionate. I thought it matched the plot, pacing, and characters nicely. I enjoyed the relationship between Ramsay snd Cecilia. A classic opposites attract that then by being together, they seem to appreciate and improve one another. I liked the intricate plot and the combination of the storyline and the chemistry between the two main characters allowed me to fly through this gem in no time. I look forward to more from this series and this author. 5/5 stars Thank you NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
**4.5 Stars** Kerrigan Byrne’s take on the sunshine and the grump trope! I love it SO MUCH. This book follows the bright and cheery Cecelia and the grump/actual jerk Ramsey. Ramsey is Cecelia’s best friend’s brother-in-law. So they know each other socially… until Cecelia’s life takes a turn when she unexpectedly inherits the gambling establishment. The same gaming establishment Ramsey is trying to take down, making them adversaries. Once again Ms. Byrne’s writing takes center stage in this fast-paced, dark, sometimes funny, and sexy book. It’s an age gap, enemies to lovers, hidden identity (whew!) romance. The banter, unique plot, and incendiary sexual chemistry has put this book at the top of all the historical romances I’ve read so far this year. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if Ramsey could be redeemed. He was SUCH a pious nightmare, especially when he’s in Chief Justice mode. I forgot how completely head over heels Byrne makes her heroes fall. Let me tell you now, it was a DELIGHT to read. Cecelia was EVERYTHING. Incredibly smart, tall, and plump. Sure, she has the same body insecurities many women have, but, for the most part, she embraces her self and her worth. It’s a gosh darn inspiration, and I would like to be her best friend. The scene between Ramsey and Cecelia right after she inherited the gambling establishment made me want to give her a huge high-five. The plot did feel a little rushed at the end, especially how Ramsey and Cecelia could make it work as a couple after all the drama died down. I wanted to know more! I also thought Cecelia was SO well developed and enjoyable as a character, Ramsey sometimes fell flat in comparison. But he’s still a big sexy scot, and I love him, so how much dimension does he really need? Overall, this was an incredibly quick read, mostly because I couldn’t put my kindle down from start to finish. With this new series and her Victorian Rebels series, I believe Kerrigan Byrne has established her place in the upper echelon of historical romance authors. I wouldn’t hesitate to put her work up with Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Beverly Jenkins, and Eloisa James. **I received a free copy of this book in order to provide an honest review**
4.5 stars I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series. Classic pairing of the grump surly man with his sunshine woman but Byrne takes it to the next level with so much emotion and tenderness. I actually got choked up towards the end during one of Cecelia's speeches of knowing herself and knowing her worth. Ramsey's enlightenment and redemption was achingly lovely. The action plot, and especially Cecelia's inheritance, got left on the backburner where I kind of wanted to learn a bit more. Very much looking forward to the next one!
Wow, what a phenomenal follow up to How to Love a Duke in Ten Days! Cecelia and Ramsey were so much fun. This story had so much depth and so many layers to peel back. Both MCs were multidimensional characters that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. Every time I thought I knew which direction the story was going, I was completely thrown off and I think that’s my favorite part about this story. I never figured out how it was going to play out until it actually did. I really loved how Cecelia and Ramsey connected through their shared experiences with loneliness. It was so much fun to finally see the Vicar of Vice lose control and Cecelia handled him perfectly. This story is full of twists and turns and of course the swoony romance we’ve come to love from Kerrigan Byrne.
ASAB is the second book in the Devil You Know series, featuring Cecilia as our heroine from the Red Rogues trio, and Cassius Ramsay, who we briefly met in book one (How to Love a Duke in Ten Days) as Redmayne’s brother. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend starting with book one for a deeper understanding of the relationships in this book. Kerrigan gives us an admirable heroine in Cecilia. She’s described as tall, plump, and incredibly intelligent. These traits along with the circumstances of her birth make her a target, and this woman suffers many abuses throughout her life. Despite it all she remains unfailingly kind and nurturing and maintains a sense of self. I LOVE a woman who stands up for herself, but especially one with a history of abuse by men. Ramsay is a giant, broad, strong Scotsman who also suffered in his early years, but unlike Cecilia, he lets it harden him. He becomes a sanctimonious jerk who works hard to achieve a position of status and then uses his position to look down on the realm and cast judgement upon all. When Cecilia’s inheritance puts her at odds with Ramsay, things between the two quickly become heated! We get insta-lust, enemies to lovers, heroine in danger, and protective/tortured hero tropes. As is common with a judgmental hero, we also get a satisfying world-view realization and a solid grovel. There’s a really well-written child character who adds to the story, and the ancillary relationships are well-developed without removing you from the romance. The sex is steamy, with just a little eye roll at the loss of virginity scene. All Scot and Bothered is a great addition to the Devil You Know series, comprised of Kerrigan’s typical dark themes, excellent imagery, a sweet heroine, and a protective hero. I really enjoyed this book, but for whatever reason I didn’t personally connect to either of the characters. So, while it didn’t rock my world as many of her other books have, it’s a well-written story and a worthwhile read!
This book is the second of the red rogues and it is just as wonderful as the first. Cecelia Teague has had a difficult childhood until he finds her friends and that makes all the difference but she wants something more. Cassius Ramsay is a judge but his past keeps his wary of most things. These two are so wonderful and their interactions bring us closer to answers to questions in the first book but you don’t have to have read the first book to read this one. I just adore Kerrigan Byrne and cannot wait to read the next book she writes.
OMG Kerrigan Byrne is AMAZING. I absolutely adored this book. I loved the mystery, the won't they, will they get together, Phoebe. This book was amazing. I am excited to interview Kerrigan Byrne on the podcast. I will also recommend this book in another episode.
As always, Kerrigan Byrne knocks it out of the park with her magical characters and her angsty historical plot. The heroine is plump, smart with a university education, and a code breaker. She’s both smart and confident, yet she sometimes reverts to the shy and self-conscious girl of the past. Cecelia is paired with a strong and taciturn Scotsman who also has issues stemming from his childhood. I adored these two together. They sparkled with their dialogue, their fears and insecurities, and their togetherness. I especially enjoyed his grumpiness at the start and his slow change to protective and tenderhearted. One thing that gave me pause was the prologue detailing Cecelia’s childhood. I found this—the abuse at the hands of her guardian—distressing to read. I’m glad, however, that I trusted the author to write her usual fantastic, action-packed story. If you’re looking for an angsty historical with action and adventure, characters with charisma all wrapped up with a romantic bow, this is the one for you. Look no further than All Scot and Bothered.
Simply another fantastic historical romance by Ms. Byrne. Good solid characters and a love story. Nice writing
Whew. I have so many thoughts about this book. I am a big KB fangirl. And if you’ve read anything by her before than you know to expect dark, mysterious, and high-octane emotional romances. And her latest book doesn’t disappoint! The thoughts: All Scot and Bothered is really compelling because it harkens back to some old school (and let’s be honest, problematic) tropes. Primarily, a hero who doesn’t trust women because of his previous experience. Frankly, this hero is scarcely tolerable. He’s uptight to the point of prudishness. He’s judgemental. He’s rigid. And deep down…he’s just broken. Now. IRL if you brought this guy to me and said “Caiti, this is my new boyfriend, Cassius.” I would look you dead in the eye and tell you, unequivocally, “Run.” Run fast. He might be gigantic and savage and hot as hell… but RUN.” But, and if you listen to the Fates Mates Podcast they talk about this often, there’s often a rhetorical purpose to these sorts of characters appearing in romance. And when done well, they can serve to metaphorically dismantle the Patriarchy. And I see that in this book. There’s even a line when the hero says something akin to “you’ve dismantled me”. Another thing. This book features a plus-size heroine. (I sincerely hate that term. As if “large” is somehow irregular…but whatever.) And I can see how some readers could argue that Cecelia’s insecurities about her body aren’t very fat-positive. But the thing is, feeling insecure and unworthy due to body size is a thing. It’s real. So sometimes it’s helpful to see a character working through toxic messages about her body and ultimately going on to claim herself. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read an advanced copy.
What a fun read! What say you, up for an intriguing romp with a saucy bluestocking, a Scotsman with a vendetta on excess and a bevy of secrets? The characters catch you from introduction, and I want to know MORE. More about Cecilia, more about Ramsey, the Rogues, everyone! When smart meets stubborn, that makes for interesting times.
This book is titillating from the first page. The author leads the reader through every thought and feeling of her characters, so much so that you agonize, fume and desire along with them. The characters are interesting and complex as is the subject matter. I would have liked more information of Cecelia and her friends past included, to give readers that had not read the first book in the series a little more insight.
Cecelia Teague, saved from a tumultuous childhood by a mysterious benefactor that has allowed her to live comfortably among the London elite, has learned that her benefactor unexpectedly passed away and left Cecelia a notorious gambling house. Enter Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, Cassius Gerard Ramsay, who has been working tirelessly to rid London of it's vices, including Cecelia's newly inherited 'den of iniquity'. When a raid on the gambling house to find a group of missing girls throws Cecelia and Ramsey into each other's paths, their quarreling and pointed remarks start getting heated and they both find themselves wanting more. This book is for fans of Sarah MacLean and Lisa Klepas. This ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.
Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review...... Give me a great historical romance and I am hooked. Add me some suspense and that's me in heaven. This was Ramsey and Cecilia book. Not your immediate H & h matches but as the read went on Kerrigan just made them work. Cecilia is the light to Ramsey's dark, the ying to his yang and I loved their story. Great book Kerrigan !! Many thanks for this opportunity xx Later peeps xxx
Fantastic Book! "And I've realized, it was because ye were with me. Cecelia, ye are my happiness." Kerrigan Byrne has a talent for writing damaged heroes, and strong female characters. These are my favorite types of books. Ramsey is definitely near the top of my favorite Kerrigan Byrne heroes. As a big strong Scot, he was extremely protective of those he considered his own. Cecelia and Ramsey balance each other out perfectly. I loved how this book had a tie in with her Victorian Rebels series. If you have not read those, you are missing out! This book, as with the first book in the Devil You Know series will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Ah-ha moment will make your heart stop, and happy tears will be shed. "Ye did," he murmured. "Ye've ruined me, Cecelia. Ye've dismantled everything I thought I was, everything I've wanted to be. Ye ripped the bits of me that were festering and rotten away from myself, and now I doona ken what I am. Who I am."
It's fairly simple. I love Kerrigan Byrne's writing and her ability to write dynamic, multidimensional characters. She's an instant pre-order author for me. Her books are fabulous and this book is no exception! This is book 2 of the Devil You Know series. It follows three women who attend the same boarding school and form the Red Rogues Society. Book 2 focuses on Cecelia/Cecil. You meet Cecelia in book 1, but this could be read as a standalone. The hero in this story is Ramsay (also introduced in book 1). Both characters (similar to other Byrne's books) have traumatic pasts. But they've overcome them to a degree and are living through them and past those experiences. There's also a bit of mystery and intrigue here. And Ramsay is a Chief Justice, so he's also an authority figure (hot trope IMO). Without giving too much away, this book was amazingly brilliant. Ramsay is a bit of a grumpy Scottish man, but lovable. Cecelia is intelligent, bespeckled, and delightful. She's strong, independent, and resourceful. It's lovely too that Cecelia isn't a waif, but nearer to being plus-sized. It's a welcome representation! I would warn those that this does have some content warnings of childhood trauma, sex, and some language. But, this is typical of Byrne's romance and what I love about her. It's not all sunshine and unicorns. Her writing is never to the point of vulgarity in my opinion. It's essential to her stories. Can't wait for book 3 and Francesca! Really really hoping this series extends beyond book 3! I received this book as an ARC through Netgalley but all opinions are my own. I've already pre-ordered a paperback version!
I started All Scot and Bothered without reading the first book in the series. Some fellow romance readers quickly stopped me and made sure I read the series in order and I am so glad! The friendship between the Red Rogues is so much better knowing Alex's story before we get to Cecilia. Cecilia and Ramsey were such a sweet, slow burn and their conflict was exactly what we needed in this second installment. His high moral compass and her newly found scandalous business were the perfect form of opposites attract. I am new to Kerrigan Byrne but am all in now.
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and had really interesting and developed characters - you could see why they acted the way they did which is not always the case. This is the second in a series, but you could absolutely read it on it's own first. I love a historical romance, but I liked that the main trio of women challenge the system in a way that is still believable for the time. Highly recommend.
This book starts out with our heroine as a young child being abused by her would be father, a vicar. As a young woman she is self assured, kind, and extremely intelligent. She meets the hero, Cassius Gerard Ramsay, through her close friend and they get tossed together trying to solve a heinous crime. Both have suffered greatly growing up and it affects their interactions with others and their relationships. As they come to know each other their barriers are tested and their hearts become entangled. They must face their fears to come out ahead of their enemies. This was an engaging read with strong characters and intense scenes. I was impressed with it and loved the ending. I can’t wait to see what happens next in the series.
Second in the series, this book starts in a really dark place. This book covers some heavy topics like human trafficking and child abuse, but it doesn't detract from the romance. Ramsey is hard to warm up to at first, but his connection with Cecilia is undeniable. Alexandra and Francesca play smaller roles in this book, but the real stars to me were Phoebe and Jean Yves and the way their storylines tie in was great. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the arc.
LOVE LOVE LOVE KERRIGAN BYRNE! Cassius Ramsey is frozen. Cecelia Teague has everything he wants but refuses to let himself have. Their attraction is super hot and he fights himself every step of the way. Cecelia's so awesome, he can't help but melt for her. This was such a great historical romance with an extraordinary heroine and a great twisty plot. I am so looking forward to Frank's book!
Ramsey and Cecilia have both had very tough childhoods. They both have let it affect them differently. Ramsey is hard and tough. Cecilia is soft and sweet. When Ramsey’s job has him investigating her both their lives end up turning upside down. Story is full of mystery, murder and romance.
Where's the 6 star option when you need it? Yes, it's that good! All Scot And Bothered is a fantastic historical romance by Kerrigan Byrne. Ms. Byrne has provided readers with another well-written book. The characters in this story....oh my! Spectacular. And who wouldn't want a little Phoebe of their own? Cecelia was whisked away from the man that abused her. She was sent to school where she met her two best friends. Ramsay is the brother-in-law of one of her friends. Ramsay and Cecelia's story is packed with drama, humor, sexy bits, action and suspense. I loved every page of this book and look forward to reading more from Kerrigan Byrne soon. All Scot And Bothered is book 2 of the Devil You Know Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Kerrigan Byrne is known for her emotionally layered historical romances. Though the title's play on words speaks of a comedic flavor, the story itself is dark and complicated; as most of her stories are, taking root from abuse and violence. Intelligent protagonists square off with witty dialogue and intense sexuality as the slow burn romance arises from the seeds of the story line. Part of a larger arc, All Scot and Bothered is the 2nd book in Byrne's Devil You Know series that follows a trio of women who, along with a guardian of sorts, find love while hiding a secret that could destroy them all. Lokking forward to book 3- The Devil In Her Bed
This story grabbed my attention immediately! Cecilia's life as a youngster was horrible, but her sweet nature was stronger than all the abuse. Ramsey also had a horrible childhood but he has grown into a cold, hard man. No spoilers here! This story has such great secondary characters, wonderful friends, and terrible villains. I couldn't put this book down and kept hoping our heroes would survive! Now i can't wait for the next story of this seriez!
All Scot and Bothered is book 2 in The Devil You Know series, but it can be read as a standalone. A slow-burning, enemies-to-lovers, historical romance, the story focuses on Cecilia Teague and Lord Cassius Ramsey. Lord Ramsey is determined to find out about the girls in London who are going missing, and he is certain the owner of the gaming hall is involved. He never expects to fall for the mysterious owner, and he is shocked to learn that she is Cecelia, a friend of his brother’s wife, who he’s admired at social gatherings. Cecelia knows nothing about the missing girls but determines to find out all she can. Her first clue is the coded book her aunt left her. All Cecilia has to do is decode it. When Cecelia’s life is threatened on more than one occasion, Ramsey can’t explain the need he feels to protect her. He takes her, along with her delightful ward and her injured father-figure, to his childhood home in Scotland until she can figure out her aunt’s coded book. Will Cecelia decode the book before they are found? Will Ramsey and Cecelia give in to their feelings? Can they figure out what is happening to the missing girls? Cecilia and Ramsey are similar in many ways. They share feelings of loneliness and abandonment, and they live independent lives. They are both well educated, and they both have strong and valid reasons for remaining unattached. They also both suffered abuse and neglect as children. “If we looked deep enough within ourselves, we’d find glimpses of each other. I see a reflection in your eyes, I think. A part of myself. One that might be kinder than the truth.” They share a profound connection and seem inexplicably drawn to each other even though their beliefs, aspirations, and daily lives are so very different. Ransey, for example, avoids excess – drinking, gambling, smoking, even chocolates are generally off-limits to him. It is almost as if he refuses to give himself pleasure and is punishing himself. Cecelia, on the other hand, likes to indulge. She believes in taking the extra chocolate and having a little fun. She faces adversity with understanding and optimism. Ramsey is much more serious, curt, and aloof than the bubbly, passionate, and vivacious Cecelia. Her philosophy is that “one must be kind in order to be good,” and Ramsey’s is “one must be fair and just.” I think it’s a combination of the two. 😉 Their similarities and differences make for wonderfully dynamic characters. They teach each other about love – romantic love, familial love, and self-love. Their love also forces them to reevaluate what is important in life and what is worth fighting for. I liked watching their relationship and their complex feelings for each other grow. Plus, they had fabulously spicy chemistry! I also love the excellent depiction of strong, independent, and ambitious women. Men are a welcome addition to Cecelia and her friends’ lives, not a necessity. Cecelia is a quick-witted mathematician whose zest for life is infectious. She follows her dreams and doesn’t let anything (her childhood, her gender, societal expectations, or her weight) stand in her way. If anything, she embraces her obstacles. Her relationship with The Red Rogues, her two best friends, is a lovely sisterhood of strong, independent women who defy societal norms. These women, and the people who support them, are the epitome of female empowerment. Thanks so much to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
All Scot and Bothered, by Kerrigan Byrne is a unique historical romance that follows the ever-loving heroine, Cecilia Teague and the stoic and refined, self-made Lord, Cassius Ramsey on a tumultuous and enlightening battle toward love. I enjoyed how the heroine wasn't the "perfect English rose" that's typical in an historical romance novel. Cecilia Teague is a character of depth, emotion and strength who pursued her dreams and didn't allow anyone or anything to stop her. She's the type of woman that all women should like to model and look up to. I loved this second book even more than the first (which was amazing in it's own way) and cannot wait until it's Franks story! The Red Rogues are such fun to read about and their backstory definitely adds to the mysteriousness and adventure! I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy adventure, romance and a whirlwind of action!
Terrific! All Scot and Bothered launches into the life of another handsome devil! Ramsay and Cecelia are perfect for each other. Cecelia has many characteristics that are endearing and relatable to the reader. Her bond with her friends is heartwarming and gives depth to the story. All Scot and Bothered brings to life, Cecelia and Ramsay's rich story. Byrne plants us right in the middle of a mystery. Wrapped up in the emotionally charged situations and danger, I couldn't put it down. This new adventure, riddled with secrets, places Cecelia in jeopardy. Ramsay will stop at nothing when investigating the disappearance of children. Cecelia's secret identity changes everything. All Scot and Bothered is sure to please historical romance connoisseurs. This is a stand-alone romance. But, if you haven't read the first book in the series, it is worth a read. I fell in love with Cecelia reading the first book in the series. There are enticing subplots interwoven throughout the novel. I can't wait for the next book in the Deil You Know series! This review will go live on Sept. 11, 2020
I have voluntarily read and reviewed a copy of this title given to me via NetGalley. This book was just amazing. I just lost myself in this story and didn’t want it to end. It was really well written and just drew in you into these characters lives. I look forward to seeing what’s next from this author.
All Scot and Bothered (Devil You Know Series) is a quick, entertaining read with solid well developed characters, plenty of hot steamy romance and of course a HEA. If you're a fan of historical romance this is a must read.
This is the second book I've read by Kerrigan Byrne. And the second book in this series, the first being How to Love a Duke in Ten Days. So there are some books out there in the world that are so good that they take your breath away: the minute you are finished reading them you either want to start all over again or you want to cry a little because you miss it so much. Those books are very rare in my (many years of) experience. And How to Love a Duke in Ten Days is one of those books. For months afterwards little bits would come back to me. And of course, I was eager to read the next story, having enjoyed the first book so much. Over time I started to get nervous as the hype built. Would the second book be as good? Was the first book as good as I remembered (of course it was!) or was I imagining it? I started reading this book once I got the advanced reader's copy not realising this was Cecelia's story in the series. But as soon as the women got together, it all came back to me. And by then, I was hooked. All my worries were for nothing: this book is just wonderful as its predecessor. This time we've got Cecelia Teague and Cassius Ramsay. I can't go into too much detail without giving any spoilers but I'll do my best. Cecelia is another highly educated woman, this time a mathematician. An unusual woman in Victorian England. She's also an heiress with a mysterious past and benefactor and her own share of sorrow. She's brave, loyal and loves deeply which leaves her emotions more vulnerable than most. Cassius is the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. He's deeply suspicious of everyone and everything. He doesn't seem to much like women, especially women with mysteries. And he won't stop for anything or anyone in his mission to bring criminals to justice. Like Cecelia, he's brave but believes he's cold and above things like vices and emotions. These types of characters have been written in other books I've read: she's emotional and he's cold. But to me, they've never really rung true. How can someone switch from one extreme state to another in a believable way? The answer seems to be, it takes a great storyteller to do it and to make it believable. And Kerrigan Byrne is a great storyteller. I'm very much looking forward to reading Francesca's story. But I think I'll be reading this one again a few more times before then to pick up all the little nuggets I missed the first time.
A story of love and a beautiful one at that. Ramsay and Cecelia are attracted to each other from the beginning but don't act on it. Both of them had a troubled and painful past but have come out of it. Ramsay mother left him for a wealthy duke n his father was also negligent towards him. He is a proud Scot who overcomes all obstacles n rises in life and society. His initial opinion about Cecelia is rather bad and mean after he comes to know that she is the scarlet lady. Cecelia is a force of nature. The bond between all the three red rogues is heart warming. I liked the way she accepted phoebe. Her bond with the French man is also so sweet and tender. Ramsay acts like a mcp few times n redeems himself in the end. The chemistry between them is sizzling. Looking forward to read Francesca 's story.
Another excellent romance novel by Kerrigan Byrne! I love that Byrne’s characters are so uniquely flawed which helps define them as a person. In this novel, I felt that both Ramsey and Cecelia’s difficult upbringing is propelled their relationship with one another. The connection was fantastic from the very beginning, and of course their hot, steamy romance was magnificently written. I look forward to reading the next novel from Kerrigan Byrne!
Loved it. Loved the characters, loved romance, loved the the additions to overarching series storyline. Both Cecelia & Ramsay’s stories were hard & sad and they were both left broken in different ways. Typical of Kerrigan Byrne, there were some i’s & t’s left undotted or crossed, but, you know what? It doesn’t matter. These characters sparkle with that something Kerrigan instills them with - an inner richness? joy? - even if it’s not necessarily explained. Pair that with a sometimes over the top plot, and you have a terrifically engaging read. Like read until the wee hours of the morning type read. The best part of it all for me was watching Cecelia & Ramsay’s pieces fit into each other (no not *that* way, though *that* way was scorching). It wasn’t all about Cecilia becoming what Ramsay needed, but so much more of him learning to trust her & allowing her to be herself, which is just the thing he needed to become more of himself. It was willfully feminist and utterly romantic in the end. And finally, all I can say is that I can’t wait for Francesca’s story now. We got some hints & they look delicious. *I’m writing this review of an ARC copy I received from Net Galley (Thanks, NG!). As always, my thoughts are my own & as honest as I can be.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book!! ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED is **a must read** for any reader who loves a tortured alpha male hero who thinks he is undeserving of love especially from a beautiful smart heroine. I smiled, laughed and cried throughout this whole read. In true Kerrigan Byrne fashion, there is plenty of heartache and healing, and all kinds of angst mixed in. What really made this book stand out for me, however, was the heroine. She's a fighter who is not only physically beautiful, but she is sweet and kind (even when the world has never been kind to her). She's not a woman with a stereotypical body type. Rather she's real - soft, curvy, and super smart! And Cassius, our hero, falls for the entire package! Together, Cecilia and Ramsay sizzle!!! Their story to HEA was not easy by any stretch. It was filled with bumps, twists and turns. There are moments when they both banter and argue, but then become vulnerable, exposing their feelings while falling in love with each other. My one and only criticism, however, is the ending. It felt very abrupt and a bit rushed and I would have liked a little bit more to the resolution. Overall, Kerrigan Byrne did an amazing job with this book. I cannot wait to see who the author plans to pair up with the last Red Rogue. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley for my honest review.
All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne WONDERFUL book ( I received this book through NetGalley) England's Chief Justice is an overly principled Scot who meets his match in the owner of a famous gambling, and according to the hero, prostitution house. I stayed up all night to finish reading this book. Once I began reading I never put it down !!. I'm totally convinced that Ms. Byrne is one of the most gifted authors of the romance genre. I had read and immensely enjoyed her work previously and was interested in seeing how she is developing as a writer. To say I was pleasantly surprised by this work is beyond an understatement. It was absolutely fantastic!! As a retired librarian who has read extensively of contemporary, futuristic but primarily historical romance, I can't express just how talented this author is. If you haven't discovered Ms. Byrne yet, I encourage you to read her work. If you have, keep reading. You won't be disappointed.
All Scot & Bothered It really doesn't get better than this! Kerrigan Byrne has done it again. Her storytelling ability far surpasses any and all expectations. She proves it once again with the tale of Cecelia and Ramsay. The emotion, the angst, the hope, the dread, the love, it's all here and more. Cecilia Teague, plump, wears glasses, honorable and loves chocolate truffles is so easy to relate to and is adorable. Lord Ramsay, all I can say is complex and swoonworthy. I enjoyed every moment reading this book. The only bad part is that I finished it. I am looking forward to Frank’s story! This is a 5 star MUST read.
I'll start this review saying I loved ALL SCOT AND BOTHERED, so if all the things I have to say sound as a love letter to you, it's probably because IT IS A LOVE LETTER. This is an enemies-to-lovers, action packed, historical romance, and despite the fact the characters were introduced in the previous book of the series, little was showed about Ceceilia and Lord Ramsay back then. The beginning of the story is focused on little Ceceilia Teague and the complicated relationship with her father. With those scenes we get a glimpse of her past, of the things that marked her as a young woman and, in certain way, defined what she is years later. That dramatic and sad feeling persist through the book, but it mix with hope, humor, sass and the resilience of an indulgent Ceceilia who's now an adult. Lord Ramsay is portrayed as a extremely serious and ruthless man, but early in the story you can see not everything is as it seems with him. He has secrets, deep dark and forbidden desires. And some of those desires are awaken by Ceceilia Teague. He thinks that she's dangerous for him and try to keep her at arm's length, but destiny will have the last word in that matter. The story moved pretty fast once the characters were properly introduced, there was a lot of action, emotional moments and a dangerous conspirancy menacing our main characters until the very end of the book. I found myself glued to my reading device, unable to put it down. I enjoyed the story and loved the characters. Now I want more of my beloved Red Rogues. Can't wait for the next installment in this series.
I truly love his authors books. I always know I’m in for a great read when I get one of their new books and this one didn’t let me down the characters where amazing well written and believable and the storyline was captivating and engaging you couldn’t put it down. If you enjoy historical fiction and Scottish themes you’ll enjoy this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by this author
You had me at the nickname "Vicar of Vice" for Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, Cassius Gerard Ramsay. He is trying to stop sin on the streets of London. He is straightlaced and doesn't believe in anything that gives pleasure - at least the last eight years anyway. Except for the woman, he is reluctantly pining for who is his best friend's wife's good friend. On the day that Cecelia Teague inherits a gaming hell from an Aunt, she never met and became known "Scarlet Lady" the proprietor. The establishment is raided and accused of selling women against their will to men in London. She denies everything because she doesn't know anything. She is also in disguise as the Scarlet Lady, and she lies her way through a meeting she doesn't understand. The man who is loaded this over her is none other than the Vicar of Sin, Cheif Lord Justice Ramsey. He doesn't realize that the woman in the disguised is the person that he has been dreaming about for the last few months since he saw her, is now the owner. He yells and threatens to kill her. She is confused with the man that she is unnerved by and the version of the man doing his job because they are different. After a kiss and a bombing of the gaming hell, the truth comes out that she is the owner and the woman he wants and protects. But he is conflicted because what he wants goes publically against everything he believes. To protect her and others, he takes them to his childhood home in Scotland. Passions flare-up, truths are discovered, and the danger follows. I read it in one sitting, I finished it, and the sun was rising. It happens. Tropes: Enemies/Friends-to-Lovers, Mystery subplot TW: This is talk of women sold against their will, but nothing happens on screen and it more conversation, plot moving than anything. I received an ARC from Netgalley and St. Martins for an honest review.
Chief Justice, Cassius Ramsay, is determined to uncover what’s really going on at London’s gaming hell. Known for his cold, calculating, and unforgiving calls for justice, he barrels his way into Cecelia’s content world. Cecelia Teague, is the brilliant mathematician of the secret trio of friends, the Red Rogues. Her difficult childhood was interrupted by a mysterious benefactor that provided her a prestigious boarding school and university education. Just as she’s making her way into London society, she inherits a gaming hell. Her interest in Lord Ramsay’s attentions, turn sour when his assumptions about her are way off the mark. Can the stubborn Scot change his ways and win Cecelia’s affections? Plenty of emotion and mystery weaved into this regency novel. All Scot and Bothered is the second book in Kerrigan Byrne’s the Devil You Know trilogy. I read and really enjoyed book 1, How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, and while not entirely necessary, I recommend you read it first for pure enjoyment. The writing is superb.
I absolutely love that Ms. Byrne created a heroine like Cecilia!! She’s plump, smart, witty, wears glasses, and this girl loves chocolate and wine! She’s probably my most favorite character ever! Then there is a BIG burley Scot who’s as straight laced as they come. He’s also extremely vulnerable and closed off. He needs someone who he can related to, who is kind and can teach him to trust and to really love. And did I say he was BIG and Scottish!!! What curvy girl doesn’t want to be picked up by a big sexy Scot like she’s as light as a feather? I love the undertone of the role of women in society. Especially in the 1800s women were to be married, have babies and supporter their husbands. The casts of society determine your success and if you’re not of a certain breed you’re undeserving. Cecilia shatters this whole notion. She is who she is and she is unapologetic. Thank you for letting Cecilia give women a voice! This is the second book in The Devil You Know series. It’s a perfect enemies to lovers historical romance that you will read in one day. Can’t wait to see the next edition of the Red Rogue group get her book! Ready for Frank’s story!! This book was an ARC read for NetGalley.
This was a beautiful book! Kerrigan Byrne excels at making two imperfect people somehow fit together perfectly. This is definitely not your typical "plain, overlooked-wallflower-snags-a-duke-by-accident" kind of story. I particularly appreciated that neither of the main characters were from the nobility. They both had checkered pasts. Most importantly, Cecelia had the body of a real woman! And Cassius desired her tremendously, not in spite of it, but because of it. It has a great message for real women. I also enjoyed the individuality and suspense of the side plot regarding Cecelia's inheritance. These Red Rogues are as unconventional as they come! The side plot complemented the love story, rather than overshadowing it. There also wasn't any of the nonsense so common in other books where the hero doesn't realize until page 300 that he loves the woman he's been sleeping with for the past 150 pages. Kerrigan Byrne's heroes know what they want. Overall, this book is a breath of fresh air for showing the intrepid spirit of a woman at a time and place where options for woman were limited. You won't find anything out there that stands out as much as a Kerrigan Byrne book, and this is an excellent example of her work. Be prepared though. Make sure you have 6 uninterrupted hours to read this, because once you start, you are not putting this down.
I received an Advanced Reader copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Cecelia Teague's childhood should have hardened her, but it only intensified her kindness. She spent years enduring Vicar Teague's punishment for the sins of her mother and the rest of the world. She was saved by her Aunt Henrietta who became Cecilia's benefactor. After Henrietta dies, she leaves her legacy and everything she knows to Cecelia. The only problem that stands in her way is the burley, hard-hearted Scotsman, Lord Ramsey, and he wants to destroy what was left to her. This enemies to lovers book was phenomenal. I don't have enough words to say how good it was. Their passion was on fire. Their love was so sweet. The drama and mystery were there. Kerrigan can weave magic with her words. She can transport you to a place you never want to leave. This book had it all. It had drama, mystery, angst, kidnapping, murder, romance, and most importantly love. You come to expect these from Kerrigan, and she didn't disappoint.
I am loving this series! I went back and read How to Love a Duke in 10 days before I started this sequel and I adored both books. They have some of my favorite romance elements: strong female friendships, tortured male heroes, bluestockings. I'm already impatient waiting for the next one!
I have to admit that I think I am incapable of writing a bad review of a book by Kerrigan Byrne, but I think that is because I think she is incapable of writing one. Her prose, character development, and plots are all brilliant. In fact, I actually read a few lines of this one to my husband – and not the steamy sex scenes (of which there were surprisingly few). In the first few chapters of the book, I had a hard time liking Lord Chief Justice of the High Court Cassius Ramsay. I remembered very little about him from the previous book in the series. In the first few chapters, he was little more than a man who really needed to relax (although several cruder phrases might be more appropriate). I was also uncertain about Cecelia – was she as innocent as she seemed – the question that plagued Ramsay as well. I even wondered if this was the first book that Kerrigan Byrne wouldn’t be able to pull off, but I trusted her and continued reading. I don’t remember at what point in the story everything fell together, but, as it did with the previous book in the series, well before the halfway point, I was in awe of how perfect everything was. As the two worked together to unravel the plot surrounding the casino Cecelia had inherited from her aunt and the secret code of information that came along with it, it became clear that, together, Ramsay and Cecelia made a stronger whole that they lacked as individuals. Their responses to each other and their circumstances fit the situation and were both logical and consistent with the characters’ history and personality. This book is definitely better if read after the first in the series, How to Love a Duke in Ten Days. However, if this is your opportunity to start reading the series or a book by Kerrigan Byrne, jump in here without delay. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Was so happy to be back with the Red Rogues! There is nothing I love more than smart heroines!! Cecilia was a great character and I really enjoyed this book. There are so many memorable secondary characters, if you can even call them that. The loyalty and devotion these characters have for each other is perfection. I can’t forget about Cassius! I enjoyed watching his character transform into the man Cecilia needed. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
There is something about the stories that Kerrigan Byrne shares with you that grabs your attention and pulls at your emotions. Her stories do not shy away from describing the dark corners that our hero and heroine have suffered, making you remember each emotion and struggle months after you have finished her book. So is the story of Ms. Cecilia Teague. As a child she suffered so much at the hand of her father, which we find out that it truly wasn’t. But just to read about what she went through at his hand is heart wrenching, and yet years after her rescue we find a lady that is all honesty and sweetness. Faithfully devoted to her friends. Cassius Gerard Ramsay, Lord Chief of Justice of the High Court, also has a sad past. We learn of his abandonment and how it has shaped him. The betrayal of a women that he hoped to marry only to find out was only there to investigate information to use against him. This adding to his bitterness. I enjoyed how little by little Cecilia was able to soothe his battered soul. Even when he tried to hate her and bring her down for being the heir to his enemy, Cecilias aunt. I loved that Cecilia was a different kind of heroine, not your typical trim figure but a full figured heroine , beautiful inside and out. Intelligent and giving. That our hero very much worshipped her, even while he fought the attraction. The conflict that he struggled with, and ultimately loses out on. Yet asking her to surrender her freedom and independence- not truly understanding why she can never be able to do that. Their story is lovely and will certainly remain with you after you turn the last page.
This is a great second book in the series. The story was fresh and original, while the characters were very interesting. I liked that the heroine was plus sized and our hero thought she was attractive and sexy. He is a complex man and I enjoyed reading about him. I highly recommend this book.