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To Tempt a Scotsman (Somerhart #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  1,118 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
She Has Nothing Left To Lose--

After finding herself at the center of a very public scandal that left one man dead and another on the run, Lady Alexandra Huntington has exiled herself to her brother's estate and is content to manage his affairs. But the arrival of darkly handsome Collin Blackburn awakens her curiosity and her desire--and the advantage of being a fallen woma
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ebook, 248 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2007)
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Tammy Walton Grant
So this book started out quite well, but then the Hero went crazy and I wasn't buyin' what the author was sellin' after that point.

Let me explain. **Here there be spoilers for anyone who hasn't read the book**

The premise of the story is that the heroine was caught with a man who had his hand up her skirts. The friend who caught them challenged the man to a duel and was killed. There was a huge scandal, of course, and Alexandra was ruined. She meets the Hero, the dead man's brother, when he comes
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Who doesn't love a tale with a big, burly Scotsman in it? I certainly do. I do not, however, particularly relish tales where my romantic hero goes from something out of a wet dream to something out of a nightmare about middle school. This book would have been so much better if Collin actually had some kind of legitimate issue, not this raving, half-hysterical belief that his wife is a whore based on nothing more than his own insecurities. That made him less in my eyes, and reducing the handsome ...more
Kate
Jul 22, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first word that came to mind to describe this book after finishing was "Rawr".

Lady Alexandra was caught with her skirt above her knees, leading to a duel, leading to one man's death. Collin Blackburn (hellooo MacSteamy) happens to be the dead man's half brother, and happens to be on a quest to find the man who murdered him. Who happens to have disappeared.

What I loved most about this story was Lady Alex herself. She is fiery, determined, and stays that way even though she melts when Collin k
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Jane Stewart
Most conflicts were based on withholding information, inaccurate assumptions & doing something stupid for the sake of the plot.

STORY BRIEF:
Damien arranged for John to see him with his hands under Alex’s skirt. John challenged Damien to a duel and was killed by Damien in the duel. Since dueling was a crime, Damien fled the country. He occasionally wrote to Alex asking for money which she sent. Collin was John’s half-brother. Collin has been searching for Damien to bring him to justice. Collin
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Nikki
5 stars.

I'm glad I didn't let the contemporary romance of Dahl's I read recently or lacklustre reviews deter me from reading this book as it was pretty bloody fabulous.

Yes there was conflict and some misunderstandings, but they weren't dragged out for the length of the novel. They were addressed rather sensibly and there was resolution of sorts.

Collin & Alexandra were a fantastic and may I say fascinating couple to read. Alex was sensible and strong without being overbearing. There were ti
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Susan (susayq ~)
I was already a Victoria Dahl fan before reading this. This pushed her up on my list of favorite authors. She has a way of mixing in subtle humor that I love. I mean, honestly, who wouldn't giggle when the heroine, Alex, says, "You-are-far-to-big-and-I-think-you-should-go-home." (in case you're wondering, this was AFTER they'd had sex for the first time at a secluded cottage that she invited him to ;) )

I have to say, Collin made me mad towards the end of the book. Even though Alex was a ruined l
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Julie
I can't decide if I want to give this book 3 or 4 stars since the hero upset me towards the end.
Steamywindows♥♫
I have mixed feeling about this story, that for the most part the author resolved, but I have a lingering sense of "I'm not sure I'm completely over it". Now this might not seem congruent with my rating of four stars. But I will attempt to explain myself and hope that what I say doesn't dissuade others from giving this book a try.

I am not really sure a synopsis is necessary as you have no doubt read the publisher's version. Suffice it to say that our hero sets out to right a wrong that the hero
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Hibana
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Meliana
Collin Blackburn, Baron Westmore, demi janjinya kepada ayahnya untuk membalas kematian saudara tirinya, bertekat untuk menemukan St Claire pembunuh John. Collin mau tak mau harus menemui Lady Alexandra, wanita yang dicintai John sekaligus menjadi alasan duel yang menyebabkan saudaranya itu meninggal. Dan saat dirinya bertemu dengan wanita itu, Collin pun harus mengakui bahwa Lady Alexandra memang wanita yang cantik dan mempesona, Collin harus meyakinkan dirinya tidak boleh jatuh cinta kepada wan ...more
Jennifer
Apr 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, kindle, period
So this is sort of in a series with a couple of other Dahl historicals I have read (can't quite recall the names, as they are always only vaguely related to the actual plots) and apparently I read them out of order, with the 3rd one first, then the 2nd, then this one which is the first. It doesn't really matter, they stand-alone, but they do occur in a chronological order and are about related characters who appear in all three books.

So, in the context of those other 2, I think this was my least
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Erin
Dec 05, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a hot mess. The book doesn't seem to know what it wants to be, and there is a clear split between the first and second halves. Almost like two books awkwardly stitched together. We have:

Alexandra, younger sister of the wealthy and powerful Duke of Somerhart; caught in a compromising position during her first season, she is considered a "ruined" woman and now spends her time managing her brother's country estate while wearing scandalous boy's clothing. Passionate nature, sexually curious
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Mac
Jul 14, 2014 Mac rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Huh. I have to say I was surprised how much this book failed. It didn't work for me at all. I've read other books by this author and loved her writing style but those were all contemporary romances novels so my hopes aren't high for other books in this series. The reasons I disliked this book also changed several times throughout the book.

First, the beginning of the book had potential. But Alex didn't come off as a likable character. They kept referring to how young she was and she acted it. I
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Elis Madison

Alexandra Huntington is ruined.

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She wasn't trying to be ruined, you understand, but, well, she didn't want the life ahead of her as a socially acceptable debutante. Tea parties, fortune-hunting suitors, and oppressive, unrelenting propriety under the eyes of an army of chaperones and society tabbies. That life was not for her. She regrets that her forays into "fast" territory ended with the death of a young man she considered a friend, but with regard to her own life, she's better of
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Katyana
I wanted to like this a lot more than I actually did.

In the first half, I really disliked the heroine. She was a spoiled princess, who was shockingly selfish... and casually manipulates people into situations just because she wants to have her fun, damn it, and fuck all you people for judging her.

It's all well and good that she wants to have the same rights as a man (that's why, though romanticizing the 19th century is fun in books like this, I'd NEVER choose to live in that time as a woman), bu
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Jess
May 08, 2011 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book, but mostly I was just irritated. While I tried really hard to like both of the main characters, it just never happened for me. Alexandra at first seemed like a really strong character and stood up for things she wanted. Awesome. And then she became more manipulative, she tricked Colin into an illicit affair without telling him some crucial details about herself and then became upset with him after realized he was a little angry. I did like her more towards ...more
Elizabeth
I decided to read this book because I'd heard such praise for Victoria Dahl, but was decidely disappointed with the contemporary romance novel of hers that I read. This book drew me in from the start and held my interest. One of those where I was disappointed for it to end. I may not have liked her contemporary, but will definitely read another Victoria Dahl Historical.

A couple of comments:
I have no idea whether it is historically accurate, but I loved the scottish burr of the hero and other c
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Erin
Jan 28, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! The characters were strong and the chemistry was fantastic. I did have to suspend a bit of disbelief at how independent Alex was but Ms. Dahl does a good job of explaining her unusual personality for this time period. I thought the romance between Alex and Colin flowed very well and developed naturally and believably. I thought that the stormy nature of their relationship was realistic and fit the quick nature of their marriage. Colin fit the jealous, uncommunicative male ster ...more
Gail
This book came in a bundle with Dahl's latest historical novel, A LITTLE BIT WILD, and after I read it, I knew why. Both heroines are out of the ordinary in their historical era, both of them embroiled in scandal.

In TO TEMPT A SCOTSMAN, the heroine is the sister of a duke who's retreated to her brother's estate after a nasty scandal. A young man was killed defending her honor, after walking in on her with another man. While she's hiding, the brother of the murdered man (the villain orchestrated
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Jodi
Oct 14, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're expecting a traditional romance, you'll be very disappointed. Alexandra may be young, but she knows she wants more than stifling society. She wants to explore life. Unfortunately, she explores her budding sexuality with the wrong man and the ensuing scandal leaves her in her brother's home with no prospects. She's okay with that until Collin Blackburn shows up looking for the man who killed his brother over a duel over her. It doesn't take Collin long to figure out Alex isn't the harlo ...more
Julie
Jan 13, 2014 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical/Regency/Scotland Lovers
What I liked right off about this romance is the unusual, negatively tense relationship between the hero and heroine. In fact, their initial relationship borders not only on dislike, but loathing. Of course, the physical attraction or notice is there, but it plays a very small role in the beginning because it is so overshadowed by the animosity of both characters. Although the heroine is not someone to be liked or esteemed in the beginning, the reader finds themselves as misled as the hero in th ...more
Ruth
I really enjoyed this. The heroine is fantastic! Independent, feisty, motivated and willing to take her future into her own hands. The hero is a dour, jealous idiot, really lacking in self-esteem, but fundamentally decent and just terrified of happiness. Some reviewers have commented on the undercurrent of violence, and it is there, but, for me, only served to emphasize the angst of the hero. It's a great story which flows beautifully with excellent secondary characters, which play vital parts i ...more
April
Jun 14, 2012 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! It made me laugh, and cry, and even attack my computer in frustration. It also made me think. I have always been nervous about marriage, and though it is still far off for me I worry about it. Sure, I'll most likely be in love but what if that isn't enough? What if we start to hate and resent each other? Parts of this book really fueled that fear. I almost stopped reading because I was so scared of my reaction, but I kept going. Thank, God. The ending really did reass ...more
Monica
Jul 17, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Victoria Dahl has long been one of my favorite romance authors since she wowed me with her Tumble Creek series. From that moment on I have been trying to get my hands on every books that Ms. Dahl has written and Paperbackswap has been a huge friend in this. I got this book and read it almost immediately.

I love Ms. Dahl but this book didn't feel like her, I am assuming it is only because she was still maturing as a writer and this book is historical romance as all the other books I have read by h
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Laura Crow
Jun 14, 2016 Laura Crow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Victoria Dahl has written a historical romance that is fun and entertaining. There is blackmail, a fumbled attempt of seduction, and an unexpected twist all of which make the story enjoyable. Alexandra's naivety and independent nature made for a fun character. There is a small amount of explicit sex, after all it is a romance novel. Some of it is sensual, like Collin giving Alexandra a bath. Who wouldn't enjoy a bath by a handsome man?
There are several subplots that are constantly getting in th
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Kim
After 3 chapters, the unclear and muddy dialogue, passive descriptions, and snail's story pace wore me down and I put the book aside.

The characters are painted in broad strokes, which makes it difficult to envision them. Alex's past scandal is mentioned, but never truly given an intriguing hook to keep a reader interested.

Also, a point of contention regarding accents: It is clearly stated that Collin is Scottish and living in Scotland, however, his accent is only displayed through 2 words: "aye"
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Sammy
This started out good enough. I was enjoying it and then half way thru we take a long jump off a short peer. What happened?? I really liked Collin the first half of the book, then he decided to go all crazy jealous and I lost respect for him. Granted he did apologize but I just couldn't understand why he went that route in the first place. He just continued to do the same thing over and over. huh? Yes they end up with their hea, but it just didn't feel the same anymore. Not bad, but not great ei ...more
Sunny
I was in the mood for a historical and after reading Harlot, I thought I'd try another historical by Victoria Dahl. Ms. Dahl's heroines are unconventional in their thinking and how they want to live their lives. They are often scorned and judged for it, but I like how they stand strong. In both books, their men fight against their own ideas about social norms and end of hurting their women badly, but Ms. Dahl writes satisfying grovel scenes that work for me.
Tracy
Oct 27, 2015 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the heroine quite a bit, though I saw her as older than she was named as being. I saw the twist in the middle coming, which was fine. I thought the hero's treatment of the heroine was inexcusable and didn't believe her easy forgiveness at the end. The hero changed drastically halfway through, unexpectedly. I questioned the choice of the viewpoint character for the finale - I felt like it took away some of the triumph. Ending / wrapup of the secondary plotline was too fast for me. Wish th ...more
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I have my mother to thank for my passion for writing. My mom is an avid reader of popular fiction, and I began reading highly inappropriate books around the age of eleven, I think. (Thanks, Mom, for always leaving those delicious books strewn about!)

To Tempt a Scotsman, a Golden Heart winning historical, was my first published book. Here I am signing the cover! A Rake's Guide to Pleasure (which w
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