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What a Scot Wants by Amalie Howard
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Read 2 times. Last read August 23, 2019 to August 26, 2019.

This is the first book I have read by Amalie Howard, but it won't be the last! What a Scot Wants is the 3rd book in a series, and while there were allusions to characters' stories that led me to believe they were the focus of earlier books, I did not feel that I missed anything important in this one, so it can easily be read as a standalone.

Ronan Maclaren, Duke of Dunrannoch, believed in love as a lad when he fell head over heels for the daughter of neighboring clan's chieftain, but he learned the hard way that it does not always end well as his intended eloped with another titled nobleman, playing him the fool. Now, at age 37, he is an affirmed bachelor, and though he secretly hopes he might find love some day, his life is consumed by and dedicated to the clan's thriving whiskey business that he has played a key role in cultivating over the last 20 years. When he is informed by his mother that part of his father's will included a clause that he must marry or forfeit the whiskey business, he is both startled and angered that his future has been decided for him, but he knows one thing: he will never lose his family's business. Ronan decides instead to force the lady to cry off by behaving as a misogynistic boor; that way, he fulfills his late father's stipulations AND secures more funds for the clan as the lady would have to forfeit her dowry to him.

Imogen Kincaid is the daughter of an earl who has just had the rug yanked from beneath her in learning from her beloved parents that she must marry some barbaric highlander or lose her dowry funds to him if she refuses. Those funds have been earmarked by her for years to improve and expand her home for women in need: Haven. Imogen founded the charity when her friend and former governess died in childbirth after being seduced by an unscrupulous rake and abandoned.... And, to make matters even worse, the man who did this to her friend was her own fiance Mr. Silas Calder! Upon discovering his betrayal, Imogen confronted him and was drugged by and found in a compromising position with Silas by the owner of the club where she found her faithless fiance. The club owner drove Silas out of the country, and 12 years later, he has yet to return --- and Imogen hopes that he never will. Since her innocence was ripped from her so cruelly, she knows she will never be able to marry and have children, so she has dedicated her life to helping less fortunate women in their times of need. There is absolutely no way she will allow some heathen highlander to take that from her, and she is never marrying, so there is only one thing left to do: behave so hideously that HE begs to break their betrothal contract --- that way, she keeps Haven, her dowry, AND adds the profits from a prosperous whiskey business. What could possibly go wrong?

What I liked:
--- The antics between the 2 added some humor to the story to see how the one would try to top the other's ridiculous behavior and attire
--- Their chemistry was pretty strong from the start
--- There was some danger/mystery/intrigue/scandal throughout the story in various ways that made it more interesting as well

What I didn't like as much:
--- Given the life expectancy of the 1830s in the UK, 37 was pretty old for a duke to not have been married when, at the time, heirs were definitely expected, and Ronan never indicated that he planned to pass the lineage on to a sibling -- life expectancy at the time was around 50 for men
--- A couple of minor plot lines weren't fully explained or resolved, at least not in this book --- there was a LOT going on with these characters and their influencers, so sometimes it was a little hard to keep everything straight between given names and title names, I had to keep going back to figure out who they were in reference to at times
--- A little too much angst on Imogen's end when she couldn't let go of the past --- (view spoiler)

Overall, a good story with complex yet endearing characters that held my attention throughout.

Plot --- 4/5
Main Characters --- 4/5
Supporting Cast --- 4/5
Steam Level* --- 3.5/5
Violence --- nothing graphic
Language --- some but not egregious
POV --- 3rd

*Note that steam level is not a rating so much as a how hot was it: 0/5 - clean; 1/5 - mild; 2/5 - sensual but nothing descriptive; 3/5 - now we're getting somewhere; 4/5 - yes please! ; 5/5 - they did EVERYTHING in this one, y'all

Please note that I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Indelicate Reviews by DD How's this read going?


message 2: by MG (new) - rated it 4 stars

MG It was a good one! I recommend if you like sparks along with antics flying around the MCs, some suspense, and a little sizzle :)


Indelicate Reviews by DD Fantastic review!


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Somia Ace review MG, sounds good!


message 5: by MG (new) - rated it 4 stars

MG Indelicate Reviews by DD wrote: "Fantastic review!"

Thanks Lady! xoxo


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MG Somia wrote: "Ace review MG, sounds good!"

Thank you, Somia! xoxo I enjoyed it - it was definitely worthwhile read :)


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Kat Valentine Fantabulous review MG!!💋👍💖😉


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MG Kat wrote: "Fantabulous review MG!!💋👍💖😉"

Thanks so much, love! xoxo


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