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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Grace Burrowes' Too Scot to Handle ≼Review & Giveaway≽



Title: TOO SCOT TO HANDLE
Author: Grace Burrowes
Series: Windham Brides, #2
On Sale: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market:  $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
Audio: $22.98 USD

Synopsis 
As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.

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THE WINDHAM BRIDES SERIES

THE TROUBLE WITH DUKES, #1
TOO SCOT TO HANDLE, #2
NO OTHER DUKE WILL DO, #3


Too Scott to Handle is book 2 in this delightful series though a reader doesn't need to read the first book to enjoy this one it would enrich their reading experience. I found Colin and Anwen to be extremely sweet. I enjoyed that after reading quite a few highly intense books. This book and the characters were engaging as well as playful and fun. Their was a touch of suspense that spiced it up a bit and that always makes a good book even better for me. 

The writing was very well done. This was a slow build into love and I really liked that. The heat and passion was there but it wasn't bodice ripping or die kind of thing. It was more melt on the spot because it was so hot and yet nothing really happened yet.
My rating system is different from Amazon where this book is rated higher.



Top 5 List
What are your top 5 comfort foods and or reading foods?

I start every writing day with a cup of jasmine green tea doctored with agave nectar and light cream. For a mid-afternoon boost, I’ll do a square of Ghiradelli dark chocolate, though in a perfect world, I’d have a piece of Mary See’s dark chocolate marzipan instead. My desert island food would be Trader Joe’s cambezola cheese. It’s so rich and pungent that a little dab on a cracker will do ya. Or three little dabs on three crackers. And there’s just no beating a cold, perfectly ripe Honeycrisp apple for munching on while doing edits. Are we hungry yet? 
YES!!


Excerpt
He’d taken care that this kiss be private, and thus unhurried.
            Anwen liked the unhurried part exceedingly. Lord Colin held her not as if she were frail and fragile, but as if she were too precious to let go. His arms were secure about her, and he’d tucked in close enough that she could revel in his contours—broad chest, flat belly, and hard, hard thighs, such as an accomplished equestrian would have.
            Soft lips, though. Gentle, entreating, teasing…
            Anwen teased him back, getting a taste of peppermint for her boldness, and then a taste of him.
            “Great day in the morning,” he whispered, right at her ear. “I won’t be able to sit my horse if you do that again with your tongue.”
            She did it again, and again, until the kiss involved his leg insinuated among the folds and froths of her riding habit, her fingers toying with the hair at his nape, and her heart, beating faster than it had at the conclusion of their race.
            “Ye must cease, wee Anwen,” Lord Colin said, resting his cheek against her temple. “We must cease, or I’ll have to cast myself into yonder water for the sake of my sanity.”
            “I’m a good swimmer,” Anwen said. “I’d fish you out.” She contemplated dragging a sopping Lord Colin from the Serpentine, his clothes plastered to his body….
            “Such a sigh,” he said, kissing her cheek. “If ye’d slap me, I’d take it as a mercy.”
            “I’d rather kiss you again.” And again and again and again. Anwen’s enthusiasm for that undertaking roared through her like a wild fire, bringing light, heat, and energy to every corner of her being.
            “You are a bonfire in disguise,” he said, smoothing a hand over her hair. “An ambush of a woman, and you have all of polite society thinking you’re the quiet one.” He peered down at her, his hair sticking up on one side. “Am I the only man who knows better, Anwen?”
            She smoothed his hair down, delighting in its texture. Red hair had a mind of its own, and by the dawn’s light, his hair was very red.
            “No, you are not the only one who knows better,” she said, which had him looking off across the water, his gaze determined.
            “I’m no’ the dallyin’ kind,” he said, taking Anwen’s hand and kissing it. “I was a soldier, and I’m fond of the ladies, but this is… you mustn’t toy with me.”
            Everlasting celestial trumpets. “You think I could toy with you?”
            “When you smile like that, you could break hearts, Miss Anwen Windham. A man wouldn’t see it coming, but then you’d swan off in a cloud of grace and dignity, and too late, he’d realize what he’d missed. He wouldn’t want to admit how foolish he’d been, but in his heart, he’d know: I should ne’er have let her get away. I should have done anything to stay by her side.”
            I am a bonfire in disguise. “You are not the only one who knows my secret. I know better now too, Colin.” She went up on her toes and kissed him. “It’s our secret.”




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonetheless left enough time to read a lot of romance novels.

It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside. 

While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing…. romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. (“Mom, why doesn’t anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?”)

Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in “the call” started out: “I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing—and if that doesn’t narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought.” (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)


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