A MAN WITH MANY TALENTS
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting-this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.
Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.
A quiet young English lady underestimated by everyone and a lively Scottish ex-soldier turned aristocrat who is trying to find his way in London Society are an unlikely pairing. More Windham fun and just enough villainy to make for an interesting story had me very delighted.
Too Scot to Handle is the second of the Windham Brides the spin-off series to the older Windhams series. One could get away with reading it out of order since the plot is standalone, but it makes better sense when read in order so the surrounding characters and their past stories won’t make the reader curious.
I hate to admit it but I am enjoying this spin-off series more than most of the earlier Windham series. There is just something about these female cousins and the MacHugh family that make for a good story and engaging characters.
Anwen and Colin met in their older siblings’ story which was the previous book and I liked them. It was great to get to know them better in their own story here. Colin is Scottish gentry now nobility as well as an ex-soldier. His life was simple and now its not. He’s floundering while trying to fit into the world of English society where the rules are all different. He doesn’t relate to or get the idle younger men that his old army friend mentors him through. Anwen knows society well, but she is on the outskirts too because her family always treated her like the sick younger sibling and never noticed that she is hearty and well and quite able to make her own way which she does through her work at a boys’ orphanage.
The orphanage creates the conflict in the story as Anwen works to keep it open and give the boys a chance at a better life when others are indifferent or seeking to use the orphanage for their own ends. Anwen draws Colin in for her campaign and both learn that there is more to one another than they thought. I loved seeing them develop a friendship and then their romance that smoldered rather than sizzled. There was some excitement and suspense to make it extra interesting along with peek-ins with a few of the Windham family.
I can’t wait to get Elizabeth’s story next.
All in all, this was a fantastic story and I can definitely recommend it to those who enjoy a slightly spicy, slow burn historical romance and a very likeable pair.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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