Review: Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes

Posted August 2, 2017 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes
Too Scot to Handle

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Series: Windham Brides #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Forever
Released on August 1, 2017
Pages: 385
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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lover Of Romance
4 years ago

Lovely review, and isn’t this author so wonderful to read? She is so unique in this sub genre of romance. And I have such a weakness for friends to lovers trope.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

She does have a specialty. I love her Windham family and particularly these last two that were about the cousins while still having the Windhams in it. Yes, friends first is so fun. 🙂

4 years ago

I haven’t read any HR in a looong time. This is my type of romance so I’ll give it a go.

For What It’s Worth

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Hey, hey, glad to stir your interest again, Karen. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I haven’t read this author but that does sound like a good story.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

She’s got a ton of books. I’ve not even tapped her backlist very deep. Most I’ve loved with a few meh ones. She’s got some pretty heartfelt ones when the social issues of the time are part of it like this one and the orphans.

Quinn's Book Nook
4 years ago

The cover for this one is just so sweet, isn’t it? I definitely want to read this, but I will probably jump in here, instead of reading the first series. I know it might be better, but oh well. 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It is adorable the way she looks back. You’d probably do okay with it, Quinn, especially if you’ve read one or two of her Windham books in the past. 🙂

4 years ago

I don’t read that many historical romances, although I have bought a few lately. This one sounds wonderful and a Scot for a hero is always a plus for me. I probably will wait until I find it on sale though. Thanks for sharing Sophia, always a good review 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

You betcha, Lorna. Oh yes, I’m with you on putting books on the wish list until I catch a sale. Sourcebooks does sales frequently so hopefully it will come up soon.

4 years ago

I haven’t read a historical in some time, but I like that these two connect in the way they do, and to have a common interest with an orphanage is icing on the cake. Love the way you reviewed this one. Hugs…

Alyssa Susanna
4 years ago

Oh I love the cover model’s dress, so beautiful! I saw this one recently and I was curious about it. I feel like I would love it! I adore romance stories involving (former) soldiers. So happy you enjoyed this one, Sophia!

Have a wonderful day. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Carole's Random Life
4 years ago

I still need to try Grace Burrows. I have been enjoying more historicals lately and I really like the sound of this one. Great review!

4 years ago

Glad to hear you’re enjoying this spin-off so much and even more than the original series! Sounds like it has a good smoldering romance and that bit of suspense sounds like a nice touch. Great review!

Cyn @ Bookmunchies
4 years ago

Yay Grace Burrowes! I do love spicy slow burning romances! This definitely sounds right up my alley! Glad you loved this, lovely review!

vvb reads
4 years ago

Sounds wonderful. Of course, love the pinkish dress on the cover too 😉

Angie Elle
4 years ago

How did I miss this release? Colin was my favorite part of the first book in this series! Gah. This is what I get for limiting my ARCs. LMAO.

Great review, Sophia. 🙂

4 years ago

It’s funny how sometimes spin-offs work even better than the original series! I need to try this one, I love anything Scot in my reads.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews