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The Scot Beds His Wife

(Victorian Rebels #5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,266 ratings  ·  531 reviews
The Scot Beds His Wife is the next lush, captivating Victorian romance in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne.

They’re rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the women who love them, a hint of danger only makes the heart beat faster.

Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, is a notorious Highlander and an unrelenti
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Jen Yes. Tessa McGrath was the prostitute that Hamish Mackenzie (father of Liam & Gavin) brought to the castle and forced his sons to whip, rape & torture…moreYes. Tessa McGrath was the prostitute that Hamish Mackenzie (father of Liam & Gavin) brought to the castle and forced his sons to whip, rape & torture her. Liam helped her escape the castle, but she was killed shortly after - thats where Liam's story begins. Gavin's story begins the same way, just from his perspective. (less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 O, what a tangled web we weave Stars

The Scot Beds His Wife, the 5th book in the Victorian Rebels series, was an okay read for me. It was slow going. I didn't start to really enjoy it until right after they were married, and that was 200 pages into the book. So for 200 pages I was zoning out, and kinda bored. My problems with this read was the overly flowery words that felt like filler, the crazy amount of the word FUCK in this book, and the ridiculous over the top one upping of the hero. H
Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: awful, read-2017, hr, 1-star, dnf
DNF @ 78

For a more concise and level headed summary, I'll have to refer to Kyraraker's excellent review. My review might end up a wee bit ranty.

To steal from the author's often used technique in this book: Oh. My. God.

Is this the same author who wrote The Highwayman? And did I call Tessa Dare's The Duchess Deal a 'veritable clusterfuck'? Really? Okay, I take it back.


To say I cringed my way through the 78% would not be accurate. Sometimes I simply stared at my Kindle in disbelief. Sometimes I w
Penny Reid
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
After Reading
Kerrigan Byrne writes with a distinctive voice, and she writes a very specific kind of historical romance (or maybe this series is just a very specific kind of historical romance). I enjoyed Gavin just fine, but I liked Samantha/Alison a whole heckavalot. She had a terrible temper (for REALS) and it was fun to watch her wield it. She was far from perfect, making bad choices out of fear and other human reasons, which only caused me to like her even more. I have a soft spot for imperf
Stacey is Sassy
It's ALIVE!!

The axe didn’t fall as I expected

***4.5 stars***

I was so excited when The Scot Beds His Wife hit my Kindle. I am a HUGE fan of Kerrigan Byrne and the Victorian Rebels series. In the previous instalments, I’ve taken emotion and physical punches (of the book reading variety) within the first few pages of the book. In this case, it was almost light. Well, maybe not light, maybe murky would be a better term. It wasn’t as dark as I expected. Sure, there was a wee bit of pain, torture and
2.5 stars

***Full Review***

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Samantha has always had it rough growing up in America's Wild West but when the man she married to escape a worse fate turns out to be in an outlaw gang with his brothers, she realizes she may have made a mistake. When she makes a fatal decision to save another life, she gets the opportunity to start fresh in a new country.
Gavin has wa
Robin (Bridge Four)
This started out great!

We have a totally traumatized Gavin St. James (the prologue is a bit brutal) and then we have Sam. I immediately loved her. She is such a breath of fresh air in a historical romance. She is pretending to be someone else but she has so much fight in her and goes against all the norms with her less than delicate sensibilities. I love her frank manner and that she doesn’t swoon at the first Duke to catch her in is arms. In the early stages I thought this would be one of my fa
May 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars

I don’t know what went wrong here, maybe it’s because this one doesn’t have the same title naming theme as the other books. Maybe that’s why i should’ve known it was doomed from the start? Or maybe that’s just the shallow me speaking.

I had my ups and downs moments with this series, but overall, I can say that I enjoyed every book I read so far. I tuned a blind eye on some things. I tried to understand that this is a different era. I didn’t judge it so harshly because it’s a historical rom
What Gavin St. James wants most in life is to be emancipated from the Mackenzie name and family and he sees the way to do that is through acquiring the Erradale property currently owned by absent heir Alison Ross. She’s lived in America since her father was killed by Hamish Mackenzie the elder and Gavin has found a loophole where he can get the land if she doesn’t return and live in Scotland for a year. Samantha Masters meets Alison in the most unusual and dangerous circumstances that created tr ...more
So I am a bit of a KB fan. I have read the rest of this series, and enjoyed them to a varying degree. They certainly kept me turning the pages. But this one was just so OTT- even for her!

The first comment I have to make is about the language. Specifically the word fuck and variations thereof. There was a lot of it. I began highlighting and bookmarking the bits where either the hero or the heroine used it, and leaving out anyone else who used the word- there was a lot more - and ended up with 41
Lover of Romance
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

May Contain Few Spoilers

The Scot Beds His Wife is the fifth installment in this wonderful and riveting Victorian Rebels series that this author has brought to us. I would like to point our first and foremost, that this author has a very unique style. A writing style in romance that has died the past few years. Her writing voice is tough, emotional and packed with characters that are flawed, but so very realistic. Each character you can see
She'd never expected that the chains threatening her freedom would be made of velvet instead of steel. That the one place that truly never belonged to her was the one place she'd never want to let go of.

So I did a bad thing that turned into a good thing. Can GR now be a confessional? Forgive me, Byrne, for I have sinned.. I saw reviews written by people I don't know (should've been a clue) before reading your latest and as a result I had some low expectations going into this one. Except THE SCOT
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
ARC provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 Rating.

Well I seemed to have regressed in this series. It started off with great promise, but unfortunately it's become a disappointment.

This is the second historical romance I've read that has more of a modern feel to it then a Historical Romance novel. I also found it very difficult to like the heroine or hero, as some of the actions and dialogue of both bothered me and didn't sit well. Also another issue is the langu
Wishing for a new start and to escape the men hunting her Samantha Masters travels to Scotland, what she doesn’t expect is Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne. The Earl is a notorious and fierce Highlander and an unrelenting Lothario, whose womanising is well known throughout the England and Scotland. Gavin desires the land Samantha claims and refuses to relinquish no matter how much money he offers, and so they find themselves battling wits and wills.

I did want the author to have spent more time de
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
So, this is the 5th book in the Victorian Rebels series.

This book is about Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne who uses his charm and good looks to get what he wants. And he wants Erradale Estate to start a cattle business and get away from the Mackenzie Clan. He wants nothing to do with the clan because his Dad was evil, Satan evil.

Erradale Estate is owned by Alison Ross, a Scottish heiress and while on a train one day in America, the train was robbed by the Masters Brothers. Samantha Masters saves
Well this reread was definitely a surprise. After a downright glowy ecstactic first go, round two of THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE was a decidedly tepid experience for the first sixty percent or so. I just really wasn't loving this -- so maybe it really was those low expectations the first time around. Whoops.

Anyway, the end of this one is definitely strong and the last 30% is satisfying both for emotional content, sweetness, and juicy reveals. But I still think for all that THE HIGHLANDER earned the r
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wish-list
4 1/3 "Tit for Tat" Stars!

Man... This one had me stressed the entire time! Why? Because I cannot stand this kind of secret. I wanted to love and understand Samantha - I did actually, but This kind of secret always leads to disaster. But I suppose that was the whole point of the plot. To keep me on pins and needles until all is revealed. Success! I loved Sam and Gavin and all the side characters. Sam and Gavin had an explosive relationship! Whew! 🔥
Love this series can't wait for The Duke with th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'The Scot Beds His Wife' by Kerrigan Byrne is Book Five in The "Victorian Rebels" series. This is the story of Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne and Samantha Masters. Gavin has issue with people getting close to him and does allot of things to break bonds that might build. When he sets his site on getting a piece of land that is Alison Ross, he goes to forward with trying to get it from her. Sam happens to meet Alison Ross on a train that Sam's husband and his gang were robbing. When Sam saves Ali ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
I don't know what to call this. (Well this, below, is a terrible review. I know what to call THAT)

I'm not the best reader for consistency. I don't even tend to be a consistent person. So I was surprised to note an inconsistency or three. This might not be a big deal, but at least one was fairly material in the marriage of convenience. I'm honestly wracking my brain for the other one, so maybe that wasn't a huge deal...but I noticed and I thought "wait a minute," and now I'm feeling awful for all
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
4.5 Scottish Rogue Stars!!

Gavin St. James (Mackenzie), Earl of Thorn, is a beautiful but troubled and broken man, he’s trapped in a life he hates, struggling to get things that he thinks will bring him the happiness and status he craves. He is the youngest son of the hated and loathed Laird Hamish Mackenzie. The former Laird was a cruel and evil man who damaged everyone within his path including his children (as we learned in The Highlander, VR book #3). Gavin and his beloved mother were dam
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I liked it, but I didn’t love it. 3.5 stars.
Lynsey A
Prior to reading:
Gavin's book!!! Woot! Woot! But, man what a wait!!!!!

After reading:

Let me start out by saying that yes, this did not have the best historical feel to it. The heroine was too brash and the "f" word came out of her mouth way too often. At times it felt like a historical and other times, well, not so much.

However, despite that I loved this book. I would put it right up there the first book in this series The Highwayman, especially with its emotional intensity. It was a bit frustrat
I've given this an A for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals

In The Scot Beds His Wife, author Kerrigan Byrne returns to the Scottish Highlands and the Mackenzie clan, this time focusing on Gavin St. James, Earl of Thorne, brother of Liam, the Marquess Ravenscroft (The Highlander) and half-brother of Dorian Blackwell (The Highwayman). [His mother was the old Marquess’ second wife and Gavin’s title comes through her side of the family, for anyone who is wondering (because it’s the sort of
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 - 4 stars

As you can see I'm a little undecided on the rating. This is because it had a fantastic early part, some lulling in the middle where my attention wandered and a great final 30%. Overall this is a good read but it didn't hit the spot quite as much as some of her others.

Lord Gavin Thorne is something of an arrogant, conceited lead male. He's got the kind of childhood you recoil reading about so there is some rationale for his distance from most connections and his hedonistic and deter
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Usually marriage of convenience tropes follow the same recipe. A deal is struck so H or h (or sometimes both) get something out of their marriage in name only deal. Then the h starts to fall for the H and drama and angst and sometimes tears and accusations happen before H admits his own feelings and it’s all wrapped up in a HEA.

The Scot Beds His Wife differs in that both MCs are experienced and mature and go in literally with their eyes wide open about their business deal. There is instant lust
Barbara Rogers
Series: Victorian Rebels
Publication Date: 10/3/17

If I were able, I’d actually give it 3.5 stars because I really liked the premise of this story and was so excited to get to read it – but – once I started I was really disappointed. The story itself is good, but, in my opinion, it is a contemporary romance with horses instead of cars. I don’t know, nor have I ever known, anyone who is as foul-mouthed as the heroine in this story and I truly cannot believe you’d have found anyone in that time – ma
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if … what if passion was contagious?

This book. This book!!! I loved the heroine Alison/Samantha so much! She was so tough, sassy, and capable. Boy did she have secrets on top of secrets that settled like lead in the belly. I loved seeing love unravel between the hero and heroine as he too had secrets. An marriage of convenience is always a favorite genre of mine. This one is filled with so much more.
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I truly enjoyed The Scot beds His Wife. I found the booK to be an interesting dynamic between the past and the future.

Gavin, The Earl of Thorne , was indoctrinated in hate and abuse at a young age. He knew he was a better man and vowed to make a new start for him and his mother. He's been successful but to be completely removed from his father he needs something from his neighbor.

Political hierarchy is still prevalent in Scotland but Samantha has a different set of rules. She's a women whose fa
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. The Scot Beds His Wife, despite its unfortunate title, reinforces my love of the Victorian Rebels series. It has all the elements that I adored in the four earlier books - loads of angst, electric chemistry between hero and heroine, sizzling lovemaking, heart-pounding action, and most especially, the far-from-perfect and diverse characters.
What Scot has more of that the others don't is the lightness of humor balancing the heaviness caused by all the tragedies that are constantly befal
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series more and more with each book I read. Each character is a deeply flawed individual and even though they are liars, cheats and murderers, you just can't help rooting for them and falling in love with them.

Samantha Masters is on the run from her past and with the help of a woman whose life she saved, she is now in Scotland using the name Alison Ross. Sam now must make everyone believe she really is Alison. The chance for a new life in a new country, one she feels at once at
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