I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Too Scot to Handle is the second book in Grace Burrowes’ Windham Brides series. I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but it’s in my to-read pile, and I love historical romance novels set during the Regency.
Anwen Windham is determined that the orphanage she sponsors will succeed. There are several obstacles that have prevented this from happening, but when Lord Colin MacHugh joins the board, he brings a plethora of new ideas. Anwen already enjoys a congenial relationship with Lord Colin because her sister is married to his brother, but as they spend time together working for the benefit of the orphanage, they realize that they enjoy each other’s company.
Lord Colin did not grow up in the aristocracy, and gained his title through his brother. Colin is not entirely comfortable with his new life, which is perhaps why it is easy for him to relate to the orphan boys and why he has such a knack for knowing how to finds ways to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
The villain of the piece, so to speak, is relatively transparent and comes across as more presumptuous than truly wicked. I found this to be very interesting; the villain was so audacious that I truly wanted to know how things would turn out. I’ve read several more serious books lately, so something light like this made for a nice change of pace.
I will also add that Too Scot to Handle is relatively tame in terms of its intimate scenes, but I noticed several references that raised my eyebrows. It was even more delightful that said references were so casually mentioned. Well played, Grace Burrowes, well played indeed!
I would absolutely recommend Too Scot to Handle. Anwen and Colin work very well together; he respects her and is not dismissive of her ideas or her determination to save the orphanage. The narrative is enhanced with points of view beyond Anwen and Colin, and I especially enjoyed the portion of the story told from the orphans’ point of view. These street-smart lads were quite perceptive, and their devotion to Miss Anwen was touching. There was a preview of the next book in the series at the end of this one, and I am already looking forward to reading it!