Thursday, April 26, 2018

Review: Betting the Scot (The Highlanders of Balforss #2) by Jennifer Trethewey




About the Book:

Declan Sinclair is a Highlander who believes his dreams never lie. When he spots Caya at a public house, he knows instantly she is the woman in his dreams—his future wife. Though her brother had promised never to gamble again, he engages Declan in a card game—and the prize is the lovely Caya.

Caya Pendarvis has no time for childish things like dreams or fairy-tales or love. She’s the sacrificial lamb on her way to the far north of Scotland to wed a wealthy merchant in exchange for settling her brother’s gambling debts.

Winning at cards is one of the many things Declan Sinclair does well. Unfortunately, the ability to court a woman—a talent he lacks—is the only skill he desperately needs to win Caya’s heart.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39119103-betting-the-scot

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/betting-the-scot.html

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Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Betting the Scot was mostly a good book. I loved the hero because he was so dedicated to the heroine and even when he was awkwardly trying to convince Caya to give him I chance by telling her all the wrong things I couldn't help but love him. I didn't get frustrated when he did all that. Instead, I got frustrated with the heroine because she made no sense to me and she kept pushing Declan away. Let me give you an example. Another man proposes to her and she is thinking about it. Then she thinks of Declan's future wife and how jealous she would be and ends up saying that she wanted to be that wife and stuff like that. After that, she decided to accept the other man's proposal. Does this make sense to you? Because it doesn't to me. The author wrote wonderfully her hero, but the heroine needed more work and that's the reason I am giving the book 4 stars. The rest of the story was good and I would like to read in the future the rest of the series. I would recommend the book. 

Excerpt from BETTING THE SCOT:

She smiled. “I live here now. I’m your wife.”

His mouth hung open. Did he not believe her? Did he not understand her? Or had he changed his mind? “You do still want me to be your wife, don’t you?”

An odd look appeared on Declan’s face. One she couldn’t interpret. “Well now,” he said. “That all depends.”

“Depends on what?” Oh, God. Was he changing his mind? Did he wake up and realize she was a fool for trying to save her brother?

“I ken you love me, but I need a wife who will trust me,” he said and took a step closer. “I ken it’s a hard thing for you to trust given all the lies your brother had told you. And me, I was wrong to take you from him the way I did. I gave more thought to my daft dreams than I did for your happiness and I’m sorry for that, but…”

“But what?” Hot tears pricked at the corners of her eyes.

“When I thought you were lost to me, when I thought I’d never see you again, I knew that I loved you more than my own life. I was ready to toss my life away to save you. That’s how much I want you, need you, love you.” He held out his hand just like that fateful morning in front of the Crown Tavern. “So, I’m asking you, do you trust me?”

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About Jennifer Trethewey:

Jennifer Trethewey is an actor-turned-writer who has moved her performances from the stage to the page. In 2013 she traveled to Scotland for the first time, where she instantly fell for the language, humor, intense sense of pride, and breathtaking landscape. Her love for Scotland was translated into her first series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The sexy, adventurous first book of the series, Tying the Scot, released in November 2017.

Trethewey’s primary experience in bringing the imaginary to life was working for one of the oldest women’s theaters in the nation, where she was the co-founder and co-artistic director. Today she continues to act, but writes contemporary and historical fiction full-time. Her other loves include dogs, movies, music and good wine. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband.

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