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All Scot and Bothered

(Devil You Know #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,043 ratings  ·  524 reviews
They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who's made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Warning! Highly unpopular opinion coming up - and spoilers.

Lordy, this was a mess. The plot was poorly conceptualised, the characters underdeveloped and while I love most things purple, the Ms Byrne's prose suffered from a serious case of violaceous overdose even though red is the favoured colour of the story - as in The Red Rogues (red-haired heroine and her two best friends who for some reason label themselves as rogues and adopt male pet names), the Crimson Council, the Scarlet Lady (heroine'
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I adored this book with my whole heart!!! I just love the way Kerrigan Byrne writes, and she has yet to let me down. We've got a gigantic Scottish grump of a hero who grows utterly obsessed with our kindhearted, fierce sunshine of a heroine. I love this kind of hero – he might be a grump to everyone else in the world, but he will turn into the mushiest, most tender sweetheart when it comes to the heroine (and her ward). And hello, age gap! This has all my favorite tropes in one book.

If you love
Stacey is Sassy
Everyone deserves a chance at happiness…

****4.5 Stars****

Some of my very favourite stories have given me a hero that I vow to never fall in love with… until, of course, I do. Then, I’m questioning how I could have ever doubted my eternal love and even on re-reads chortle at my initial doubts. What rage I felt at our introduction when he brings a tear to my eye with his thoughtless comments, turns into *Oh, the poor man is so misunderstood…* In All Scot and Bothered, Cassius had me swinging from
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I truly love everything that Kerrigan Byrne writes, so I was going into All Scot and Bothered with very high expectations. Though it took me a little while to get into the groove with this story, I'm happy to report that it fully won me over in the end.

The plot threw me for a loop, as it's... complicated, to say the least. I was trying to figure out how all of these unbelievable pieces would fit together. Sure, I think it got overly muddled at times, but I eventually got into the groove of thin
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me over two weeks to finish (I had to pick up some other ARCs in between and life just got in the way), but I loved every second of this historical romance!

From the start, I loved Cecelia's character. As usual for Kerrigan Byrne, this one has a pretty dark start and there is a trigger warning for abuse. Cecelia is a plus-size heroine and is condemned for that as a child, but she embraces her body as an adult and just wants to live a happy life. I really love her friendship with he
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.

For in the eyes of her father, the sin was hers. The original sin. She’d been born a girl.

The Devil You Know series follows the self titled Red Rogues, Alexandra (How to Love a Duke in Ten Days), Cecelia, and Francesca. Cecelia lived in misery with her vicar father until she was taken away by a woman claiming to be acting on the behalf of her late mother's s
As a young girl, Cecelia Teague was rescued from the home of the man she’d believed was her father, an extremely cruel man who’d treated her miserably following her mother’s death. She was placed in a Swiss school for girls where she became lifelong friends with two other redheads, calling themselves the Red Rogues. Her benefactor remained unknown until now when she’s learned that person has died and left her a gambling hell. Unfortunately, that’s placed her in the sights of Lord Cassius Ramsay, ...more
I was pretty close to rounding up on this one but couldn't quite tip it over the edge. But this was still a fun read.

"He said he and I were similar souls. It was though he could see parts of himself in me."
"I can guess which parts."

I found I got off to a bit of a rough start with this because we're thrown into a weird situation out of nowhere, alongside one of our MCs, but while she got some answers along the way, I still felt it took too long to settle into the goings on. Likewise, I felt it dr
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Kerrigan Byrne
SERIES: Devil You Know
RELEASE DATE: September 29, 2020
GENRE: Historical Romance
THEMES & TROPES: Childhood Abuse


After HOW TO LOVE A DUKE IN TEN DAYS I was very curious about the next book in Kerrigan Byrne's Devil You Know series. It took me a little longer than I'd expected to finish this book and I'm still trying to figure out if it just dragged a little or if I'm in a bit of a slu
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Sigh... so good.
Have you ever met someone that you felt an immediate pull, a strong affinity towards? I have and it’s an interesting feeling. That’s the type of thing we get to watch unfold with this upcoming story.

Cecelia has an interesting background and has no relatives to speak of until she is told she’s inherited a huge empire that includes what appears to be a house of gambling and ill repute.

Head spinning, she also finds she is the keeper of secrets and has a most unpleasan
Oh how I love Kerrigan Byrne and this book. A story of how enemies can become lovers with one caveat...the gap in ages. I loved the banter between the main characters and could not stop reading this story once I got started. Truly a hard to put down book.

When I first started reading Ms. Byrne's novels, they were light-hearted romances but now this one goes a bit dark bringing out child and emotional abuse, degrading name calling and shaming full figured women. However, although the story brings
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*This review has been copied from my blog,*

Age gap romances are my least favorite trope. And yet, Byrne (of course) made it work!

This enemies to lovers/age gap romance ticked all my boxes and some I didn't even know I had! I loved every second of reading this fantastic book.

Our hero, Ramsey, is the worst. He's got reasons- but he's the worst. And then there is Cecilia or Cecil. She is a bright light in the dark world of London. There is an instant attraction and then an i
Robin (Bridge Four)
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Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 hearts

All Scot and Bothered is the second book in The Devil You Know series which follows the antics of three friends bonded together at a boarding school by their red hair, penchant for trouble, a tragic event and a secret society where they indulged in manly pursuits.  Like most historical romances this book does
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This is book 2 of the Devil You Know series. I think this one is okay to read as a standalone (although the first book is amazing too, so I encourage you to try that as well!) It has a few brief appearances from hero and heroine from book 1, and there is a small spoiler for book 1 if you read this one first (but this spoiler is something that is read in the beginning of book 1, so it wouldn't ruin the whole book or anything).

Ramsey. Vicar of Vice. Lord Chief Justic

I don't know what happened, I so enjoyed book 1 but this didn't have me sighing in pleasure as I lost myself to the world and characters the author had created. The sizzle and spark between Ramsay and Cecelia didn't ripple off the page and have me nose deep in my kindle.

For me the characters needed to be developed more, especially Ramsay I just didn't feel myself clicking with him as a hero/MC.

Wish the gay/queer character in this had not (view spoiler)
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

It is a rare Historical-Romance that can blend romance, humor and suspense. I just don't know of many and that makes Kerrigan Byrne so unique among the legions of Historical-Romance writers. Her books are truly a departure from the norm and I really, really like that. But, I have to also say that the prose can be over the top and the angst level is higher than I care for. This
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
1. Kerrigan Bryne’s clever and beautiful writing.
Ms. Bryne expertly brings her characters to life, I felt every raw emotion: longing, passion, anger, and vulnerability along with Cecelia and Ramsey. Her writing is beautiful without being overly flowery and distracting.

2. The romance!

Lovely, delicious buildup, and oh, the wicked thoughts Mr. Ramsey does have running through his creative mind! He’s tried to control his indulgences and desires, but every time he’s around Cecilia he turns into a s
Jen Davis
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kerrigan Byrne consistently delivers for me as an author. This second book in the Devil You Know series focuses on the second member of the Red Rogues, Cecilia. (If you didn't read the first book in this series, though, don't worry... it holds up fine as a standalone.) Our heroine is curvy and brilliant and amazingly positive, despite the fact she had a horrible childhood. What I like about her is that she likes herself, despite so many voices that tell her she shouldn't. That she should dim her ...more
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All Scot and Bothered is the second book in the Devil You Know series and I think it can easily be read as a standalone. Some events that occurred in the first book are briefly mentioned, but I don't think that would confuse a new reader.

Before I get into the review...look! Another ugly cover to keep Chasing Cassandra company. Macmillan, I'm not even gonna bother being nice: this cover is hideous. The heroine in this book is curvy
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, I loved this synopsis and somehow feel like I was horribly misled.

I liked Cecelia. She’s smart and sweet and a really good person. I especially loved her two friends and the scenes with all three of them together were some of my favorites. Ramsay was a jerk for most of the story. He’s gruff and has a strong, unfavorable opinion of women.

Plot wise it was okay. I didn’t really get the romance part of it because the chemistry didn’t quite translate for me. Plus since I didn’t really care fo
Caitlyn Lynch
Sep 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-georgian
I honestly had a massive problem with the hero of this story, because he was a sanctimonious prig who wanted to believe the worst of Cecelia simply because she was a woman. And he quite literally at one point tells her that although he doesn’t like women for *reasons* he doesn’t think like that about HER, because… he wants to have sex with her? I guess?

Now, there are times when Cecelia actually does a bang-up job of calling Ramsay on his misogynistic nonsense. And there are times, like the one a
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I hated Ramsey for about 70% of the story. He was so sanctimonious! Cecelia is a delight. I expected no different from what we had previously learned about her. Of the Red Rouges, she was the softest. She had nothing but kindness exuding from her, regardless of how she was treated. I think her unbated kindness made me hate Ramsey even more. Being mean to her is like kicking a puppy. Phoebe is adorable as well and I enjoyed her presence in the story.

I will say there were several surprises in the
Barbara Rogers
Series: Devil You Know #2
Publication Date: 9/29/20
Number of Pages: 416

I am all over the place with a rating for this book – everywhere from a 2-star to a 4-star, so I decided to split the difference and make it a 3-star even though I lean more toward the 2 than the 4. I started to tell you that I loved the story, but I think I loved the IDEA of the story because it could have been excellent – even with the purple prose. I was looking forward to something more like the first book in the series, H
Sep 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I loved How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, so I was excited when I got invited by the publisher to review All Scot and Bothered. However, a review from a friend pointed out various problematic elements in the book, some falling in line with my criticisms of Kerrigan Byrne’s previous work romanticizing alphahole heroes and toxic behavior, and some being much more troubling, such
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“Her brightness has always come from within. She looks into the darkness, and smiles. She was—she is—like a flower forever starved for rain. If you show her one drop of kindness, of love, she will bloom for you. But what you cannot do, Lord Ramsay, is ask an exotic orchid to be an English rose.”

Kerrigan Byrne returns to her sublime Devil You Know series with another breathtaking love story that is ripe with intrigue, sexual tension, and feminist strength. By consistently delivering t
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 my kind of H stars

If you have read any of my reviews, you know my favorite Hs are tall, dark, built, and with a brogue :) Cassius Gerard Ramsay, self-made man and Lord Chief Justice of the High Court hits 3/4 of those (he's blond - not holding that against him) ;) Though he is certainly not without flaws... His childhood was less than ideal in that his mother essentially abandoned him, and his father drank himself to death. His step-father (a duke who fell for his mother's "charms") eventually
Sep 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
JFC I hated this book. Like literally hated everything about it. I will, once I work through my rage, provide details as to why.

This book contains the following:
1. A misogynistic hero who thinks women are liars and use sex to manipulate men into doing their bidding;
2. Said hero is also Lord Chief Justice of the High Court and lives by a strict personal moral code and has zero tolerance for people who don't live up to his standards;
3. Said hero is a literal Bad Cop and destroys heroine's place
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4.5 STARS!


All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne is the second installment in the Devil You Know series and follows Cecelia, the bespectacled, wallflower of the Red Rogues.

Lady Cecelia Teague discovers she's the sole benefactor and heir of Henrietta, her recently deceased aunt. She's a mathematician wiz, demure but also passionate when it comes to her beliefs and defending those she cares about most. Now, Cecelia must become her aunt's predecessor and run a gambling house
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Cassius Ramsey, Lord Chief Justice of the High Court of England, didn’t get where he is by showing mercy. He’s had to make his own way in a ruthless world with his strength and cunning, so he’s very much used to having his way in all things. His latest mission is to investigate the happenings at a notorious London gaming den which he suspects is connected to the disappearances of several young girls. It also happens to be owned by the woman he can’t stop thinking about and who is, even more inco ...more
Nadine Bookaholic
This is a book I have been waiting a year for and wow it was so worth the wait. I cannot tell you how much I loved Cecelia!

Cecelia Teague is the second of the three Red Rouges to get her HEA and I have to say for a while there I was wondering if it was actually going to happen because Cassius Gerard Ramsay AKA Lord Chief Justice of the High Court was someone that I really had my doubts about.

You can read my full review here:


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