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Wild Wicked Scot

(Highland Grooms #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,574 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands.

Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn't belong in a Scottish chieftain's devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn't looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by HQN Books
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4.5 stars

I read this for the Man in a Kilt square for Romance Bingo.

She was afraid of him, disgusted by him, attracted to him.

Without the sweeping epic saga war components, this reminded me of Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham. As with the heroine in that one, Margot grew up extremely spoiled, sheltered, and is incredibly naïve. I personally am
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Margot Armstrong, was shocked when her father forced her to marry a wild highlander, Arran McKenzie. She didn't feel like she fit in, in a world she knew nothing about and a life she felt fear right around the corner. So against her better judgement, she abandoned her husband and returned to England. Its been three long years, and she has returned in a not so honorable way. Her father has coerced her that she must discover if
ARC from Harlequin and Netgalley.


I have mixed feeling on this one.....

Well the synopsis for the story covers the overall gist of the storyline. I'm going to share more of what my feeling on the book are and overview of the characters.

Margot and Arran's marriage was one of political and monetary value to both. Actually more so Arran then Margot, for her Father pretty much forced the marriage on Margot. Margot was a young, very young, eighteen year old when she married. She had been
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals.

I confess straight out that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of books with the word “Scot” or “Highlander” in the title as the majority of those I’ve read have seemed to have identical plots and characters. So reviewing Wild Wicked Scot, the first in Julia London’s new Highland Grooms series wasn’t an automatic choice for me – until I saw Derek Perkins listed as the narrator. I’ve listened to him several times before and he
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
My first reaction when I finished this: I didn't want it to be over!
So I went to see what's next in the series...
Wild Wicked Scot is truly engaging and captivating. Is got caught up in the story from the get go and couldn't put my kindle down until I was finished.

I have never read a book by London before, but I feel I really need to rectify that error now and read all the previously published books by her. Because this is written by a master of her craft. There are multiple POV and then
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, romance-hist
This was a win. Got the English maid and Scottish laird trope, but it is served up with some realism about the radically different spheres and environments the two come from and the challenges it presents that makes this interesting. Honestly, Arran is one of the most romantic male leads I've read in a long time. By the end, if you're not right there believing it you got lost along the way.

For a more coherent and substantive review see Kyraryker/WhiskeyintheJar who was also the one who alerted
It was a good read!
Feeling very lazy! I will write a detailed review later!
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A marriage of convenience is a favourite trope of mine and in Wild Wicked Scot Margot Armstrong certainly hits it lucky in her father’s choice of husband, the deliciously rugged Scottish chieftain Arran McKenzie, Baron of Balhaire. However, these are dangerous times between England and Scotland and this marriage of convenience is built upon very shaky ground with Margot a pawn in the games of powerful men and the politics of the two countries.

The story opens with a prologue and a series of
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This story is about rebuilding a marriage alongside a traitorous plot. Margot left her husband in Scotland three years before and has now come back to him to uncover if he is a traitor or not. Arran immediately suspects that Margot has not returned because she wants to give their marriage another try. Both suspicious of each other, can their marriage survive?

This book has more history and politics in it than most historical romances I read but I liked the idea that there was a secret plot
Joana V.
I've received this book directly from the author, in exchange for this review. Thank you!
Review in portuguese here:

Wild Wicked Scot brings us a story of spoiled girl who can’t stand for herself and, to be truthful, doesn’t know what to do with her life. I mean, until she returns to her husband’s house, three years after she had left him.

Margot is that kind of character that is hard to like, at least for some of the book. There’s a small evolution, but
A Klue
With its back and forth past to present flashbacks, the writing at first in this one was a little difficult to keep track of, folks. I found it annoying to have to keep mentally make note of whether it was the couple’s current bickering or their past. That’s right, there was “lots” of that aspect in both parts. This main couple seemed doomed from the start. Not standing by/fighting for his girl in the first place certainly did not endear me to the hero’s character.

For me, what really ticked me
Lynn Spencer
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love “second chance at love” stories and most books revolving around troubled marriages are near cousins to these. In Wild Wicked Scot, our protagonists weren’t head over heels in love the first time around, so the dynamic is a little different. However, since the characters are layered and worth getting to know, this character-driven romance ultimately works.

When we first meet Margot Armstrong in the prologue, she is the flirtatious and perhaps somewhat spoiled daughter of an English
Sarah Z
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Gave it the extra .5 because I enjoyed the last 20% of the book. The other 80% was just all over the place. I really didn't like the hopping between two time periods. It was just unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. I didn't care for the second chance trope in this book. I felt like it kept me from connecting with the leads. The book starts a few years after their arranged marriage and separation and I felt like I lost all that time with them. Then the author brings the ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely some lively parts!_____3.5 stars

As a young girl, English Margot Armstrong romanticized marriage. She falls in love at a glance with Scottish chieftain, Arran McKenzie and heads off to the highlands for her dream HEA, only to discover that life is far different in the raw highlands to the English society she'd inhabited and grew up in.
Fortunately Margot takes well to her wifely duties in the marriage bed. Outside of that she's like a fish out of water. Misunderstandings lead to Margot
I really loved this story between young, naive and spoiled English girl Margot and Clan Chieftain Arran MacKenzie. I seriously devoured most of the book. I like that it was different from other marriages of convenience in that, yes, they enjoyed each other in the bedroom, but it was the other part of the marriage that they really, really couldn't figure out. At all.

Margot thought that she would be treated like a queen in Scotland and have everything exactly the same as she had in her pampered
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London is excellent. It took me a day and a half to mow through it, and it was satisfying. I liked it in all ways possible.To make it even more essential for my keeper pile, it was not until halfway through the book that I liked either main character. The story started out as present tense, then went back to the beginning, and then went back a few more times. It held your interest. You wanted to know how these two came to not really despise, but not really like one ...more
Stephanie (Jump)
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars
A solid second chance romance of an estranged couple.

It was an honest story, and Julia London chose to gave us a heroine who wasn't so easy to like and had a lot of growing up to do in the course of the novel.

At times we can sympathize with Margot and her struggle to fit into a new environment - she went through a major culture shock and she had been told she will marry a stranger. But often when we looked into their past, we can see where she just didn't try to keep an open mind,
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Book: Wild Wicked Scot By Julia London
Series: The Highland Grooms, Book one
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog, Reviewer for Tartan Book Reviews and Purple Tulip Book Reviews
Heat setting - mild
Overall Setting - 5/5 stars

Spoiled, wealthy and English, Margot Armstrong, always felt she didn't belong in Scotland married to a chieftain. As her father forced her into marrying the Scottish Chieftain, Arran McKenzie when Margot was only 18 years old. As Margot was
Needed to keep fueling my appetite with highlander [I blame Outlander series on stars].

This was a decent Julia London story. A reluctant bride who has to choose a side.

Quick read. Listening to the audio gave me a bit of the Scottish-speak.
Gerry Bartlett
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I picked up this book because I'm writing about an ancient Scot myself and this is set in 1700 Scotland, earlier than most historicals these days. Margot is married off to a Highland laird against her will. She's naive and not suited for the rough life awaiting her in his castle. The only bright spot is the man himself, in the bedchamber. Otherwise, he goes about his business and his clan is hostile to his English bride. Finally Margot runs back to her father for three long years. The beginning ...more
More historic romance as Julia London returns to the blog today with the first in her new Highland Grooms series. Please read on for my review of

Wild Wicked Scot

A bit of an upside down in this story, as the reluctant heroine of this story is a very English and highly spoiled Margot, married for political and financial mobility by her father to Aaran, McKenzie, a Scottish chieftain with prospects was the first of her “coming to terms with her life” moments. And, while one could understand her
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Wild Wicked Scot is a story of political intrigue and second chances. It is the first story in a newseries and I found it to be very entertaining. Margot Armstrong, an Englishwoman, is 17 and a little boy crazy and living the life of luxury. Her father has arranged a marriage for her to a Scottish Highland laird, in order keep the fragile peace between England and Scotland. A marriage of convenience wasn’t what she had in mind and Margot found being married to a stranger and
Julia London has written some of my most favourite historical romances and she especially excels in the troubled marriage trope, and so I had high hopes for this one, although the last few books by her have been rather average. Unfortunately, this is another let down for me. It wasn't bad, it is just that I know she is capable of far better than this. I didn't feel the emotions. While I sympathised with both protagonists and their feelings as they embarked on this arranged marriage, I could not ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Highland Grooms series and I enjoyed it very much. It’s set in the early 1700s and Julia London has the political intrigue and plots very accurate, if my memory is correct.

Laird Arran Mackenzie has kept his clan out of politics and well off from his shipping and trading ventures. His dealings with the English Lord Norwood, have brought him a barony and an English bride.

Margot Armstrong, Lord Norwood’s daughter, lost her mother at an early age and was spoiled by her
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
This reads like a romance from the 80s. The Scottish hero is an unwanted alpha barbarian who dominates her. And all the Scots are written in this annoying dialect. He's real charmer.

"Because I donna chase after dogs or women. They come to me.”

Do not ship. Absolutely not.
Another second chance romance! I would have given this a higher rating, but it reminded a lot of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander. The story was centered around Margot and Arron, their arranged marriage, and then their reconciliation.

The parts that reminded me of Outlander were really centered around the Jacobites, mosty the surroundings in the book. I actually liked it, except for the intro. That was a rough intro, and I was expecting to DNF this but I read it on one leg of my flight. The intimate
I liked it well enough to ask for the second one of the series. I was unused to such a heroine. Too often they are more virtuous than can possibly be real. I was very indoctrinated to that idea of romance heroines. But she defied that, and while at first it was offputting, I found myself charmed by her ultimately. That's not to say she was perfect, though.
Varied Books
Mar 19, 2017 marked it as on-kindle-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, 99-sale
3/19/17 sale .99.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one - I liked the way the main character grew and the tension created by her existence as a dependent female, a pawn in men's games. She starts off so nieve and, like many women of the time, with no clue about what's really going in around her. But she's not happy about being a pawn to be traded and bargained. She just deals with it by throwing a fit basically - but as the story progresses and she has to deal with issues she grows into someone less neive - determined and ...more
Debra Martin
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an entertaining book, full of secrets, espionage and unfulfilled love. Ms. London has written a page turner featuring spoiled English lady, Margot Armstrong, and her wild Scottish husband, Arran McKenzie. Margot's father has no qualms about bartering his only daughter away into a marriage that will increase his wealth and land holdings. Having never experienced life outside of London society, Margot is horrified when she is taken to the McKenzie stronghold in the highlands of Scotland. The ...more
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Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming ...more

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