Secrets to Seducing a Scot
Secrets to Seducing a Scot is book one of Michelle Marcos' Knaves of Scotland series. Book two, entitled Lessons in Loving a Laird, is expected to release in 2012.

Serena Marsh is one of London's most popular socialites, and her weekly gossip column is wildly successful as well. Her father is an ambassador for the Crown and in the course of his work is sent too many hotspots to quell political problems. When Ambassador Marsh's job calls him to Scotland to complete a session of peace talks with the powers that be there, Serena insists upon accompanying him, due to his recent heart problems. She immediately misses the nightlife of London, the balls, soirees and musicales, and wonders how long she'll be parted from her friends and job. When the talks fail to reach an amicable conclusion, she finds herself facing dangers unknown. Her father hires a protector for her, the fierce but clanless Malcolm Slayter, and she finds herself inordinately interested in the brawny man's brash ways and hidden, soft heart.

Malcolm Slayter is a man who's had his family and any sense of security ripped cruelly from his life. As a boy, he watched the brutal murder of his parents and the kidnapping of his remaining siblings. He was branded as a man belonging to no clan, but when he saves the life of the beautiful and fiery-tongued Serena, her father offers him a place in their family. He finds himself falling for the sassy Serena, and when her father is taken to be used as a pawn in the political maneuverings of the rebels, he vows to protect her and find her father.

Secrets to Seducing a Scot is a passionate tale of two people from different classes finding a happy ever after together in spite of their circumstances. Setting this tale against a backdrop of Scotland's fictional uprisings against England's rule was a stroke of genius, and gave plenty of exciting settings in which to play this story out. I found the lead characters witty and intelligent, and each of them was wounded in his or her own way; their emotional baggage really furthered the plot of the book. Prepare yourself for a heartwarming ending and bliss galore - Five Angels for Secrets to Seducing a Scot.

Reviewed by: Michelle B.