Review: How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English

How to Seduce a Scot - Christy EnglishPublisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 1st 2015)
Paperback: 352 pages
Source: Netgalley
Series: Broadswords and Ballrooms #1
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Rating: of 5 stars

He’s the terror of the ton…

The plan is simple:
1. Descend from the Highlands to face the aggravation of a London Season;
2. Foist his wild sister off on some gullible English lord;
3. Retreat before the ladies of the scandalized ton can get any ideas.

Determined to see his hellion of a sister wed, Highlander Alexander Waters is willing to face anything—even the English. He just didn’t expect his own rough manners to cause such a riot…or for a blooming English rose to catch his eye.

Gently bred Catherine Middlebrook must find a respectable man to marry or her family will be ruined. She won’t allow herself to be distracted by Highland barbarians…no matter how her body may thrill whenever Alex is near.

Catherine wasn’t part of the plan, but as their battle of wills escalates, Alex comes to realize this “proper” English girl is as wild as the Highlands themselves…and nothing will stop him from having her.


This was a nice introduction to Christy English’s new series, Broadswords and Ballrooms, featuring a hot Scots and a sweet English rose. Alexander Waters has brought his sister to town to find her a husband, he definitely wasn’t planning on falling head over heels for Catherine Middlebrook. Catherine was planning on marry a rich English gentleman to help with the her indebted family, with no intention of being swept away by the improper suitor. But hey, what can you do when love jumps in?

I wasn’t entirely convinced by the insta-attraction that Alex and Catherine felt for each other after one look. There wasn’t really good reason, except for the fact that Alex thought Catherine looked an angel (and he’ll never let you forget it) and Catherine thought Alex is hella handsome. That being said, after spending a little more time with them, I see that they’re pretty adorable and there’s always a good little banter between them, so it made it a bit better.

Catherine was minding her own business, cutting lilacs in the back garden when a hulking Scot vaulted over the wall and back into her life.

Also, I could never resist a tipsy hero or heroine.

His angel was as drunk as a sailor.

I like when characters get a little drunk and they’re burst out their comfortable zone. As Catherine is usually the gentle and refined lady, it was a fairly funny to see the sassier side of her.

The plot had it’s ups and downs. The story didn’t really grab me and I didn’t care too much the story with Catherine’s other suitor, since it didn’t really drive or push the romance for Alex and Catherine that  much. I also didn’t really get why Alex didn’t feel like he could marry her, there wasn’t a really reason besides the fact he didn’t really want to settle down. I did, however, really like the rest of the Waters siblings, Mary Elizabeth and Robert though. Mary Elizabeth is that wild highlander lass and I can’t wait to see her cause a little more havoc, and Robert is another charming Scot, so what’s not to love!

Overall it was a cute read with a cute couple. I didn’t love it, but it satisfying and enjoyable as historical romances goes. Good chance I’ll keep tabs on this series, it definitely has a lot of potential.

{*Thanks to Sourcebook and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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One Reply to “Review: How to Seduce a Scot by Christy English”

  1. Bummer you didn’t feel the romance of Alex and Catherine. It sounds like the plot suffered as well. I have not tried English.

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