Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch
Series: Scandalous Highlanders #3
Also in this series: Rogue with a Brogue
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 3rd 2015
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She used to be mad about him.
In Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Enoch, high-spirited Rowena MacLawry has come to the Highlands after a spectacularly successful debut Season in London, and has made it painfully clear that she's outgrown her girlhood obsession with Lachlan MacTier. That's just fine with him, as he never had any intention of marrying the lass anyway! Yet how can he ignore the fact that the once rough and tumble Winnie has become a very fashionable-and incredibly desirable-young woman...And now he's got it bad...Brawny, rugged Lachlan is nothing like the aristocratic English gentlemen who pursued Winnie-with a passion-in London. Three months away was more than enough to show her a world infinitely more glamorous than the untamed Scottish Highlands-and her beloved childhood crush. But now that she's decided to find a prospective husband with a bit more polish, could Lachlan finally appreciate her charms? And is it remotely possible to ignore the wild attraction she feels for him?
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Three months ago Rowena, who had just turned 18, ran away from home. She ran to London because she wanted to be a lady and be proper and do all the wonderful things she’d never gotten to do by roaming the highland hills. She was also determined to forget about Lachlan MacTier, part of her clan and intimate friend of the family, who she’d had a crush on since she could figure out what a crush was. He was always very kind and patient with her but he never let her get the idea that he wanted her back. He saw her as a sister and that was it. She got frustrated with her unrequited love and decided that almost any other guy but Lachlan would do.
Now that she’s spent a few months in London she knows that that’s the kind of life she wants for herself. She returns home for her brother Ranulf’s wedding but brings more than a few friends and admirers from Mayfair with her.
Ranulf knows that Rowena has been after Lachlan for years and wants to know for certain, from both of them, that they don’t want the other. They each firmly state that they do not want to be together. Except…then Lachlan has a change of heart. He’d always loved her but he starts seeing her as a woman rather than a young girl and pest. He starts to fall in love with her and decides he’s going to marry her. He has a time of it convincing Rowena but he finally get the job done. The problem? Rowena’s brother has already consented to allow another man to marry her and he will not be changing his mind.
There were so many things that I liked about this book. I loved the MacLawry family. Despite the fact that Ranulf and Rowena weren’t on the same page about her marriage I could still see the love they had for each other, along with their brothers Arran and Bear. This family could have been so permanently messed up because of their father’s murder and mother’s subsequent suicide but Ranulf really kept them together and did a fabulous job of making them pretty great human beings.
Now Rowena is what I would typically called the spoiled baby of the family. Not only that but she was a girl so she was humored and cosseted and that did her no favors. Of course being raised by the male species she was also quite good at being a rough and tumble highlands lass. I did think that she took her desire to be a “lady” a bit too far but I was happy that Lachlan could finally make her see how wonderful her home was even if that didn’t include all the fancy stuff that London had to offer.
Lachlan was…an idiot. Oh not throughout the entire book but I must say that the fact that it took him so damned long to see Rowena as a woman was not a point in his favor. I had to admire him, however, as once he did figure himself and his feelings out he was pretty darned aggressive in his determination to not let her marry another man. I really did like his character, despite his idiocy. lol
Another thing I really liked about this story was the highland games that they included. Having all the MacLawry clan as well as all of a ton of other clans gathered for the wedding and putting on the games was a really cool addition to the book.
So far I’ve really liked this series and I can’t wait to see what Enoch has in store for us with Bear’s romance.
Rating: 4 out of 5