cover image A Devil in Scotland

A Devil in Scotland

Suzanne Enoch. St. Martin’s, $7.99 mass market (320p) ISBN 978-1-250-09545-9

Enoch’s heady third No Ordinary Hero historical romance (after My One True Highlander) is a scalding tale of pent-up desires finally unleashed. In 1806, roistering Highland laddie Callum MacCreath stormed out of his Inverness home because his boyhood buddy Rebecca Sanderson had decided to marry his stodgy but titled older brother, Ian. Callum decides to build a new life and a successful distillery in wild Kentucky. He’s drawn back to Scotland in 1816 by the news of Ian’s death, which makes him the new Lord Geiry. Callum suspects Ian was killed in a plot that might have involved Becca, who’s now the wealthiest widow in Scotland. He launches a vendetta against Ian’s shipping business partners, the dastardly Duke of Dunncraigh and his conniving son, Donnach. When Becca first sees Callum, she faints. Callum nearly swoons himself, undone by six-year-old Lady Margaret, his niece and legal ward. As he comes to trust Becca and the two of them learn how to share in Margaret’s upbringing, they commit to bringing Ian’s killers to justice and mesmerize each other into passion. Enoch weaves together sly humor, a convincing supporting cast, and explosive erotic encounters between a hero who feels being civilized is a nuisance and a heroine who both matches his ardor and outplots his plans for vengeance. The combination is sure to keep romance fans enthralled. Agent: Nancy Yost, Nancy Yost Literary. (Feb.)