cover image Rogue with a Brogue

Rogue with a Brogue

Suzanne Enoch. St. Martin’s Paperbacks, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-04161-6

Enoch (The Devil Wears Kilts) strikes all the right notes in this charming 19th-century caper. Despite a tenuous truce, the old feud between the MacLawrys and the Campbells still simmers. Arran MacLawry, a rugged Highlander to the core, chafes at a Mayfair masked ball, where he has to behave himself while his brother and clan chieftain tries to build interclan alliances to cement the MacLawry fortunes. Wearing a fox mask, Arran encounters a ravishing green-eyed Lady Vixen and falls under her spell—only to learn she’s Mary Campbell. The chase is on, but which fox is the pursuer? After Mary lets Arran steal her to the wild North rather than submit to the dull suitors her parents prefer, Enoch effectively balances powerfully crescendoing romantic interludes with stages of a rattling coach ride. Fox and vixen must save each other at least once from disaster, keeping the action moving to a colorful, convincing climax. (Aug.)