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A Scot's Surrender

(The Townsends #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  91 reviews
When his brother leaves him in charge of Llynmore Castle, Robert Townsend is determined to make everything go smoothly. What does it matter if he's inexplicably drawn to Ian Cameron, the estate’s stoic steward? Robert is sure he can ignore the way the Highlander's apparent dislike of him gets under his skin. They'll muddle along just fine so long as they avoid one another. ...more
ebook, 261 pages
Published March 12th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Even though this is Lily Maxton's first book featuring two male leads, I jumped at the chance to read it because I love historical romance.

Maxton can certainly write. The countryside setting was quaint, and the mystery was resolved in a rather unusual way. I giggled when Robert and Ian caught the thief.

This isn't a long book, but the characters are fairly well developed. The ending is a realistic, if tentative, HEA.

What was missing, at least for me, was that raw, overwhelming passion. I didn'
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.25 stars*

I'm seeing a lot of reviews that are all over the map for this one, but I thought A Scot's Surrender by new-to-me author Lily Maxton was pretty great.

I love, love, love historical romance, and when I get a well-done, slow-burn historical romance, well, you've got me.

This book is almost an enemies-to-lovers, which is always a weakness of mine. There was so much time for the relationship to develop, and I just loved watching the two MCs go from vaguely disliking each other to grudging
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up :) I still want an epilogue, and there was some drama I could've lived without, but the rest of it was just so sweet and funny, I can't not give this 5 stars!

Can we please just all take a moment to let the fact that Lily Maxton wrote her first m/m book as part of a series that features three hetero couples so far sink in? Because I think that's pretty wonderful.


"It is the star to every wandering bark..."

Robert Townsend has always tried to be the charming one, to b
4 Stars

The Townsends is an historical romance quartet following the lives and loves of four siblings living in a secluded castle in the Scottish Highlands.

This third book, featuring youngest brother Robert, is an M/M romance, and was definitely my inspiration for reading the entire series from the beginning – a series which was otherwise solely made up of M/F pairings. As a reading order nut, I was compelled to read all the books chronologically, and I’m so very glad I did. I’ve been captivated
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

*insert a million heart eyes*

adored this book, adored this couple

I hadn't heard of this author so I picked this book on a whim. I'm always looking for new (or new to me) authors. I'm so glad I tried this one because I really liked it. It starts as a bit of an enemies to lovers. Ian works at Llynmore Castle and he's none too happy when Robert is left in charge while his brother is gone. Ian thinks Robert is spoiled and he's never taken the time to get past his own prejudices. Robert is
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Slow to start but got pretty good along the way.
I have to say I have a bit of mixed feelings for this book. It was very slow to start for me. Loads of detail and tip toes around the fact the 2 men even had a inkling of like for each other. I actually thought about not completing the book a time or two.

Some of the story was a bit boring, with the subplot of thievery going on in the house, and the very slow to grow "like" by the guys. I also think I missed parts
Lost in a Book
4 Stars

This book made me happy.

Historical? Uh huh!
Scottish Highlands? Yep!
Ginger? Yassssss! UNF!
A KILT wearing ginger? Hell to the Yassss!



Scot’s Surrender is an enjoyable historical that's humorous with well written characters. The angst is minimal, the plot simple, but the actual romance is well crafted. As mentioned in the synopsis, Robert Townsend is running the castle while his brother is away. One of the cottages on his estate caught fire and the occupant, a frustratingly handsome steward
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5* I'd be harsher but I did get it for 99p.

Disappointing. Charmless.

The men thought around their feelings and each other so much it became tedious. There wasn't any chemistry between them, no buzz of attraction; nothing that would lead them to taking such risks to be together. Plus the sudden sharp chest pains to signify love made me think young Robert needed a physician.

There's a lot of characters, some are mentioned then forgotten others appear dizzyingly en-mass. It's clearly a series. I wa
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ariana by: Meags
Shelves: historical, lgbtq
This is the third book in a series where all other books are m/f, but this should not put you off. I read this as a standalone and had no trouble following it!

We all know that good historical m/m romance is not easy to come by. Lily Maxton is a totally new author to me, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself here.
And how can you not? It ticks a plethora of 'good vibe' buttons:

.) the setting: A castle in the Scottish Highlands. I know I'm totally biased about this, because anything tartan is close to my
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Another day, another Townsends tale to charm me...and inspire visions of Jamie Fraser...

First things first: hightail it to Amazon and get yourself a copy of Highland Haunting: A Halloween Story. When you finish this, read that. "But it's not Halloween...", you say. True, Highland Haunting IS a delightfully creepy seasonal interlude. But it is also an epilogue for Ian and Robert, displaying the strength of emotions and HEAT that were more subdued in A Scot’s Surrender. It increased my enjoyment o
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B- at AAR, so that's 3.5 stars rounded up.

Lily Maxton’s series about the Townsend siblings continues with A Scot’s Surrender, in which the good-natured, carefree Robert Townsend meets his match. It’s a short, but entertaining read, and the author crafts a tender, sensual romance between Robert and Ian Cameron, the estate’s handsome factor – but while the interactions between the leads are generally charming, the plot which gives rise to those interactions is rather silly, and I
Richard Derus
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Real Rating: 4.5* of five


Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it.

More to say but incoherently tired.
3.5 stars! I think by now, anyone who reads and follows my reviews knows that I have a huge preference for historical romances so of course I had to read this book by Lily Maxton when I found it on kindle. Having read a couple of her books in the M/F genre a few years ago, I wasn't quite sure if she would be able to write something compelling with 2 MCs, but to my pleasant surprise this was quite an enjoyable book.
The plot was simple, Robert; the younger brother of an Earl is an amiable and lik
4.5 stars

I adored this! Really nice slow burn & fairly low angst. Plus a plot and characters that I don't feel like I've seen before.
Georgia Callaghan
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was lovely! So so good.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Confession time...

I love historicals, at some point I felt I've read all the Historical MM writers possible.
I thought I knew them all. Like, come on.
And then I saw A Scot's Surrender by Lily Maxton.
Apparently, there was an author I didn't know of.
So I checked the book, therefore the writer and saw that this is a third book of series.
Not only that, but the other books are featuring M/F romance and that Maxton normally writes M/F.
And I thought- god, this is going to be an M/F, dressed as M/M
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2018
Ian Cameron and Robert Townsend

What an excellent written warm story. It felt like a movie, written in a way easy to visualize .
The slow burn was superb done. The tension, attraction, the push and pull...somewhat stubborn headed.

So aware of each other presence, It was heavy and sensual. vulnerable... humorous, kind and beautiful
Ian, a man with little use of words, hurt and vulnerable, a wall build around him, on his own, to just be and stay alone...

"Ian Cameron belonged only to
Maria Rose
Scot’s Surrender by Lily Maxton is the third story in her historical romance Townsend series. It’s also her first male/male romance and features an opposites attract story set in the Scottish countryside.

Robert Townsend is in charge of his family’s Lynmore Castle while his older brother is away. A fire at one of the cottages on their property lands the family’s factor, a taciturn and broody Scot from the highlands named Ian Cameron as an unexpected houseguest. Robert’s always been somewhat fasc
Joyfully Jay
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

A Scot’s Surrender was a really delightful surprise and I just loved it. I say surprise only because Lily Maxton is a new-to-me author, and this book is the third in a series where I haven’t read the other books. So I wasn’t sure quite what to expect from this one, but it is a really engaging historical with two characters I really enjoyed and a lovely romance.

The story is the third in the Townsends series, the first two of which were male/female romances. I had a
Siobhan Julian
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Happy sigh. Enemies to friends to lovers. Slow burn. Full of stolen glances and hand clenches. SO ROMANTIC. So so good.
This review first appeared at Romantic Historical Reviews.

A Scot’s Surrender is my first Lily Maxton book and though I didn’t love it, I liked it very much. As a fan of queer historical romance, I’m always on the lookout for new authors to follow and it was a nice surprise to discover Ms. Maxton incorporating two queer characters, one of whom is unapologetically bisexual, into the Townsends series. A Scot’s Surrender combines two popular tropes – opposites who suffer a big Misunderstanding – wit
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, 2018-books
Between 2 and 3 stars. As much as I enjoyed Robert and Ian as characters, the storylines were silly. This reminded me of what I don’t miss in MF romance.
7/28/18 Currently 99c via Amazon:
“On impulse, he reached out to take Ian’s hand and threaded their fingers together. In the corner of his vision, he glimpsed the curve of Ian’s mouth. Warmth filled his chest, and he tipped his head back to look at the stars. Thanks to Ian, he could find the North Star now, every single time. The guiding star. The binary. Two stars that shared the same orbit. He always felt peaceful when he found it. Hopeful. Like everything he worried about might just fall into place.”

If Enchanting the Earl was
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I'll start off by saying that I have not read the first two books in the Townsend series. Since they are MF and I generally don't read MF. But I don't think it matters. It wasn't until the end, where you encounter some of the secondary characters, that I remembered that it was a series.

The first two books in the series is MF and deals with the two elder Townsend siblings.
This is Lily Maxton's first mm romance.
I must admit that when I look at Lily Maxton's other book covers, they represe
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, historical
A true 2.5 where I am conflicted as to if I should round up or down. I’m going with rounding up since this is the authors first m/m. I enjoyed the book overall but the book and I got off to a rocky start. I was well aware this book was the 3rd in a series. But since m/m is definitively a different genre, I felt the author should have spent more time introducing these people. Everything felt choppy and awkward. And while some say this is a slow burn I felt it was the exact opposite. The feelings ...more
Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This was the first time I read a book by Lily Maxton, and I really enjoyed it! A Scot's Surrender is actually the third book in The Townsends series, but can be read as a stand alone. I have not read the previous two books, but I didn't feel lost at any time. That beings said, I definitely need to get my hands on those earlier books because I really enjoyed this authors writing.

Robert is used to having everyone like him, so it drives him nuts that Ian doesn't seem to like him at all. That's not
Stacy Reid
I absolutely loved this book. Full review to come.
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Rating: 3.5 stars

Fan of Scottish Highlanders? British Aristocrats? Hate-to-love tropes? Historical romances? This might just be the book for you!

I really enjoyed this! There was a palpable tension between Ian and Robert, the two heroes, from the very beginning, and once Ian loosened up, some good banter. I particularly liked Robert, a very personable guy on the outside who sought to put everyone at ease, but who hid his insecurities and the fact that he wrote Gothic novels. Alongside the romance
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the slow build from antagonism to heated lust, then forever love. History usually shows that same sex couples remain hidden and below the radar. It's always interesting to see how romance novels juggle this line--to have the couple find happiness, but still live within the confines of their societal expectations.

The plotline is simple, yet it serves to bring the two boys together organically. There is a bit of frivolity involved, and an unusual twisty resolution which should bring a smil
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Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

Other books in the series

The Townsends (6 books)
  • Enchanting the Earl (The Townsends, #1)
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