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Review ❤️ All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne

September 30, 2020

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?



Release Date:
Sep 29, 2020
Series: Devil You Know
Book: 2
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
Price: $7.99
Author Website: Kerrigan Byrne




CW – fat-shaming, abuse at the hand of a religious figure, violence, death on-page, child abuse, death of child discussed

All Scot and Bothered is the latest installment in Kerrigan Byrne’s Devil You Know series. This book is about Cecelia Teague, a woman who’s lead a tough life as an orphan with a mother that had a scandalous past. She gets the shock of a lifetime when she inherits a gambling hell from a previously unknown relative. This new inheritance puts her in the crosshairs of Cassius Ramsey, the Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, and a man that takes his job very seriously. His job puts him in direct opposition to Cecelia who’s desperately trying to keep the gaming hell running, all while acting the proper lady. When passion sparks how will these two make it work?

Kerrigan Bryne proves once again with this book why she is quickly becoming a popular name in the historical romance genre. She never shies away from writing stories with flawed characters or difficult subject matter. Her world feels real and gritty based in a reality I can understand, not overly polished until any real humanity is gone. This book probably deals with some of her most difficult subject matter to date and is why I felt the need to add content warnings to the start of this review. Don’t let the hard topics scare you away though, this book is so much more than a scary look at the underbelly of Victorian life.

Cecelia is the kind of heroine I want to read in my romance novels, she is real and flawed and still able to find joy in life. She doesn’t need to change in order to attract the attention of a man, in fact, it’s her size and shape that attracts Ramsey to her initially. Her intelligence, wit, and determination are what have the hero and me as the reader falling for Cecelia almost immediately. Cecelia is an educated woman, and more than capable of standing up to the world on her own. She doesn’t need or particularly want a hand out from anyone.

Ramsey was a bit harder to get a handle on. He’s tough as nails and taciturn. He believes in justice and is nearly feral in his need to solve a case involving missing children. In his pursuit of the crime, he meets Cecelia and initially believes her to be a part of the plot. Though he’s suspicious of Cecelia he cannot deny the passion and attraction that makes his blood boil. He’s a man used to being in control but Cecelia makes him come undone, and it’s in these moments of his need for the heroine that Kerrigan shines the most. Kerrigan’s ability to take a flawed man, break him down with passion and love, and build him back up is some of the best writing you will ever read. Not just in romance but best writing, period.

This book is a lot more action-packed than some of her previous offerings and I liked it’s faster pace. There is more violence and gore in this novel which may not be to some reader’s taste, but I think it was appropriate for the subject matter. The relationship building Kerrigan does between Ramsey and Cecelia is wonderfully filled with tension and passion that kept me reading late into the night. I highly recommend this book to any fans of historical romances that aren’t all about the dukes and pretty ladies, for anyone that’s looking for a heroine that reflects real and relatable women, and for anyone that loves a heaping dose of sexy times.

~ Lindsey

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