Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons, #1)” as Want to Read:
What Happens in Scotland (Second Sons, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

What Happens in Scotland

(Second Sons #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,274 ratings  ·  377 reviews
Jennifer McQuiston’s debut historical romance, What Happens in Scotland, is a lively, romantic adventure about a wedding that neither the bride or the groom remembers.

Lady Georgette Thorold has always been wary of marriage, so when she wakes up next to an attractive Scotsman with a wedding ring on her finger, it’s easy to understand why she panics and flees. Convinced that
Mass Market Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Avon (first published February 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about What Happens in Scotland, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about What Happens in Scotland

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.61  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,274 ratings  ·  377 reviews

More filters
Sort order
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Update: As of 1/20/14 WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND is still only .99! It's a fantastic price for this story!

For Nook:

For Kindle:


James McKenzie

What Happens in Scotland is Jennifer McQuiston’s debut novel and an absolutely delightful story! If this is any indication of what’s to come from this very talented author, historical romance lovers are in for quite a treat!
From the author's website:

When recent widow Ge
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it


The sheets shifted as he turned over, revealing a head of brown hair. He sported a full beard [..]
He looked to be in his early thirties. His hair showed a tendency to curl at the edges, and the brightening light of dawn caught the glint of red in his dark beard.

Lady Georgette Thorold has been a widow for two years. Her marriage was an unhappy one. So when she wakes up in bed with a stranger, apparently married, again, and unable to recall any events from the night before, she runs.

James Mac
Lisa Kay
Fede Ring Circa 1650

★★★★☆ Fabulous fun! I really enjoyed this one, which was sort of a spin on the popular movie Hangover – making it a Victorian Hangover. So many things should NOT have worked in this debut novel, but did. This was mainly due to the sheer fun of the read. The premise had all of us in Happily Ever After Café who were doing a “buddy read” cracking the book earlier than planned.

I would say this is a twist on a lighthearted comedy of errors, but not too over the top. I rolled my e
Lady Georgette Thorold is a widow and has been in mourning for the last two years. But her marriage wasn't ideal and she has decided she is NOT ever going to marry again. She will be an independent woman. Her cousin, Randolph Burton, has invited her to holiday in Scotland and she accepts. But when she wakes up one morning married and lying naked next to a handsome stranger with no knowledge of the night before she wonders if she shouldn't have stayed in London.

I see this is a debut novel from Ms
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hitstorical Romance Lovers
Recommended to KatLynne by: Jill, Dhes, Lisa
4.5 Stars

I loved everything about this little gem. What Happens in Scotland is Jennifer McQuiston's debut novel and if this is any indication of future publications, she'll be an auto-buy author for me!

If you're a lover of Historical Romance on the light and fun side then this has everything needed for an afternoon of perfect escapism. It was such a fun read with passion and adventure. Ms. McQuiston's voice drew me immediately in and throughout the tale I was surrounded by witty banter, a hero a
Laura the Highland Hussy
This review is posted on Got Fiction? books

Here on Goodreads, I’m in a Highlander Group (of course, because, hello, Highland Hussy for a reason!). The group recommended What Happens in Scotland to me, and since it was on sale for a buck, I couldn’t resist. It was touted as The Hangover, you know, they wake up and can’t remember what happened the night before and have to backtrack to figure it out. It’s supposed to be funny and light. We have a super proper and serious widow, and a Scottish barr
Our heroes Lady Georgette Thorold and Lord James MacKenzie, have found themselves in somewhat of a sticky situation. What happened the night before between them is somewhat a little fuzzy. This book made me laugh at the very funny situations they encountered trying to track each other down. I really enjoyed the vivacious characters that make up the little town of Moraig and found that they played a big part in bringing this story to life.

I loved everything about this and could not find many flaw
Kathy Altman
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If the title alone isn't enough to tempt you, I bet the first two lines will do the trick:

Though she would never admit it to polite Society, Lady Georgette Thorold hated brandy almost as much as she hated husbands. So it was the cruelest of jokes when she awoke with nary a clue to her surroundings, smelling like one and pressed up against the other.

So begins What Happens in Scotland, a tale both hilarious and harrowing as it follows Georgette and James and their desperate attempts to unravel the
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
A special thank you to Dhes for sending me this book!

I really loved the beginning. I mean, it was The Hangover in Regency era Scotland for crying out loud! The first chapters were hilarious, with the heroine waking up to pretty much the same scene as the boys in the movie, so utter chaos and destruction, with no recollection of how they got there. I was on board with the whole piecing together what happened, but...

It dragged on too long for my taste. They spend the first 47% apart, each chapter alternating between their point of views, and they ea
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Debra Taylor
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

A delightful historical romance from debut author Jennifer McQuinston that will charm the hearts of readers .
Georgette comes to Scotland to visit her cousin & get on with her life after the death of her no good , lying , cheating husband . She's through with mourning & ready to get on with living. Oh , she's living , alright enough . One minute she's fighting off the advances of her cousin & the next she's living-out-loud . Suddenly she's drinking booze , giving lap-dances to drunk
Susan (susayq ~)
What a delightful romp through Moraig, Scotland! And we did romp through the town as we followed Georgette and James as they tried to recollect what happened to them that led them to waking up naked and married to each other.

It was sort of reminiscent of the movie The Hangover in that they wake up with no idea of what happened to them the night before. As they run into people who saw them the night before they get clues. It was cute and light and I'll read more by this author :)
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Solid good first book. The entire book takes place in a 24 hour time frame, so suspension of belief for the ILYs will have to be in force. I liked both characters, but would have liked to have know why the heroine was like she was about being naked. Loved the hero and the book was fun. I am not sure how the hero for the next one can be redeemed, because I didn't like him in this book, so we will see.
Romily Bernard
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND!! It's so much FUN!!! Jennifer McQuiston is a freaking master at blending comedy and angst. It's really a beautiful novel. Do yourself a BIG favor and pick it up. I pretty much guarantee she'll be your favorite new author :)
This was a fun read. From the beginning pages I was hooked, dying to find out what happened that night. The set-up caught my attention, and I found it intriguing that the whole book took place in the span of a day. Even with the short time frame, I found the characters very well developed, I felt like I knew James and Georgette. I think the author did a great job there. I really found myself liking the secondary characters too, Elsie, Patrick, and especially William. David... well, I didn't find ...more
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a delightfully enjoyable debut! If you enjoy the lighter fare in your romance, with wit, charm, and sizzle Jennifer McQuiston has done a wonderful job with her debut! When Lady Georgette Thorold, who acts a proper lady at all times, wakes up to a mysterious man in an unknown inn she knows something terribly wrong has happened! Smacking the large, very attractive, man on the head with the chamber pot, she escapes and learns the awful truth...that man is her husband. As more and more pieces a ...more
SOS Aloha
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. – Marcus Aurelius

WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND opens with Lady Georgette Thorold waking up, naked in the same room with a man she does not know. She escapes his amorous attentions only to realize she may be married to him. Georgette finds a few allies … and enemies … as she seeks to identify her mystery husband and secure an annulment. This plot suggests a “What Happens in
The Window Seat
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I will admit, I picked this book solely on the title… it was the best decision I have made in a very long time! From the first sentence I was entranced in Ms. McQuiston’s world and I didn’t want to leave.

Lady Georgette Thorold woke up smelling of brandy, which she hated, and naked, which she couldn’t abide, next to a man who was also naked, who she didn’t even know… and there was a ring on her finger. What had she done? She remembered one glass of brandy the night before with her cousin Randolph
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
A disappointing two stars for this one...

Darn... I really wanted to like this book. Perhaps I went into it with the wrong expectations. I was expecting humor and maybe a hot and budding little romance between two people who clearly weren't expecting to wake up married to each other. The story got off to a good start... Lady Thorold wakes up to a mysterious handsome Scotsman... with no memory of how she got there and she has a ring on her finger. But, what got off to a good start ended up turnin
Book Binge
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lady Georgette Thorold is fresh out of mourning her deceased husband when she wakes up shackled to someone completely different. She's in Scotland, visiting her cousin and when said cousin backs her into a corner, she kind of goes off and well, shit went down. Only thing is, Georgette has no clue what happened.

So this book is basically Hangover (the movie) in a historical setting. And in Scotland, not in Vegas. The book starts off with Lady Georgette waking up next to a very big, handsome man th
Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥
You can find this review and more at Forever Book Lover.

I have been fortunate to read some wonderful books from debut authors and I am adding Jennifer McQuiston to that list. This may be her debut book but she created characters and a story line like a pro. Jennifer had the talent to bring these characters to life. From the butcher to the main characters, each had dimension, which can be a challenge even for the seasoned authors. The story line was unique and captured my attention from the start
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for this ARC .
This book is a historical romance written by Jennifer McQuiston . The publisher is Avon . There are 384 pages . The scheduled release date is 2/26/13.

This was a fun romance novel. Georgette is a wealthy widow. She is invited by her cousin ,Randolph, to visit Scotland for a few weeks.
But, it becomes clear that her cousin had ulterior motives for inviting her.
After turning down Randolph' s marriage proposal, Georgette finds herself waking up with
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lady Thorold has just started to live again after a horrid marriage and never wishes to be strapped down by a man’s dictates. The widow, Lady Georgette Thorold decide to restart her life by going to visit her male cousin in Scotland. She awakes confused and in a bed with a naked bearded Scotsman and there is a wedding ring on her finger. Unsure how she got herself in such a state, she does what any reasonable Lady would do and hits the naked hunk in the head with a chamber pot knocking him out c ...more
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
After just two books, this author is already on my very, very short "auto-buy" list. Her witty, breezy, high energy style definitely isn't for everyone---particularly for those who want that their historicals to be authentically, well, historical. ;) This author reminds me fondly of Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series in humor and tone, and her books are sort of the literary equivalent of, say, Legally Blond: sweet, funny, spirited and, just when you're ready to dismiss it as meaningless fluff, a f ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-scotland
It has come to my attention, that we may have engaged in some unfortunate conduct last night

And our tale begins with Lady Georgette Thorold, newly out of mourning,
raring to have modicum of freedom atlast. Except, she finds herself back in the trap, wedded and bedded to a mysterious redheaded stranger, nursing a bad hangover with no collection of the events that led her to this fate.

I confess I took notice of this book mainly due to the quirky title. What Happens in Scotland is a ridiculously
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
The first chapter was really great and the rest of the book was a disappointment.

I loved how she woke up with a man she had no recollection of and then all the pieces of the puzzle were given - granted, in an order that doesn't make sense. You're just as confused as the heroine is, wondering what's going on and trying to come to conclusions while she pieces them together, herself. Then she sees the ring on her finger and the situation gets worse. Ooh, boy. What a great set up for what promises
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I didn't realize this was Jennifer McQuiston's debut historical romance when I grabbed the audio from the library. I actually listened to all of the books in her second series last month and rather enjoyed them. And I liked this story, too, though maybe not quite as much, and mostly because the first half of the story finds the hero and heroine apart, both suffering memory loss and acting rather dunderheaded in their attempts to find the other. I may check out the other books in the Second Sons ...more
Tracy Brogan
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for anyone looking for a fun, flirty, and fabulous historical romp. You'll be hooked by the end of the first page. McQuiston's debut novel is full of engaging characters, an adorable premise, lots of laughs, and enough heart-felt depth to keep you cheering for the hero and heroine to work things out. This award winning novel will be released in February but I was lucky enough to read an advance copy. I loved it!!!
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid 4.5 stars for Jennifer's Debut.
*Disclaimer* I met Jennifer at RT 2013 and found her humor to hard to resist and made it a point to pick up her debut from the huge pile I received from RT. The book, like the author, is witty and refreshing. Apparently hangovers aren't just a modern day theme. I love her twist on historical romance and look forward to more from this author.

If you're looking for something new and refreshing...check this book out!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Lass Wore Black (Scottish Sisters #2)
  • The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere #3)
  • The Duke Diaries (Royal Entourage, #3)
  • The Scottish Witch (The Chattan Curse, #2)
  • Sins of a Ruthless Rogue (Sinners Trio, #2)
  • The Seduction Of Elliot McBride (MacKenzies & McBrides, #5)
  • A Most Scandalous Proposal
  • The Earl in My Bed (Forgotten Princesses, #2.5)
  • A Bride by Moonlight (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #4)
  • X Marks the Scot (Bad Boys of the Highlands, #2)
  • It Happened One Midnight (Pennyroyal Green, #8)
  • The Chieftain (The Return of the Highlanders, #4)
  • How to be a Scottish Mistress
  • If You Give a Rake a Ruby (Jewels of the Ton, #2)
  • Upon a Winter's Night (MacKinnon's Rangers, #3.5)
  • And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake (Rhymes With Love, #2)
See similar books…
A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, her books include WHAT HAPPENS IN SCOTLAND, SUMMER IS FOR LOVERS, MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND, DIARY OF AN ACCIDENTAL WALLFLOWER, and THE SPINSTER'S GUIDE TO SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR. She also has a novella, HER HIGHLAND FLING ...more

Other books in the series

Second Sons (4 books)
  • Summer Is for Lovers (Second Sons, #2)
  • Her Highland Fling (Second Sons, #2.5)
  • Moonlight On My Mind (Second Sons, #3)
“Though she would never admit it to polite Society, Lady Georgette Thorold hated brandy almost as much as she hated husbands. So it was the cruelest of jokes when she awoke with nary a clue to her surroundings, smelling like one and pressed up against the other.” 5 likes
More quotes…