Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

Titles in The Pennington Family series include:  Romancing the Scot – It Happened In The Highlands –

Title:  Romancing the Scot
Series:  The Pennington Family #1
Author:  May McGoldrick
Genre:  Regency, Historical Romance
Published:  November 14, 2017
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press – Swerve
My Rating:  4.5 stars

One of the reasons I read Regency or Historical Romance, aside from my enjoyment of a good love story, is a personal fascination with the general time period.  While I might not want to give up my current necessities of life it certainly is an incredible journey to be able to step back in time.  Usually history is simply a backdrop in these stories, with a few major historical events as the exception to that rule.  In Romancing the Scothistory is very much alive, a character if you will, of this romance, and that captured my attention and kept it.

There are several levels to Hugh and Grace’s story, each more engaging than the last.  Hugh is somewhat of a daredevil these days.  The death of his wife and son still tears at his heart and soul, one might think he has a death wish to join them with the risks he takes with his life.  Although a man of power, he is also a fair and honorable man.  Much of what he feels and believes will be put to the test when a shipment is made to his home — with an unexpected surprise inside.

Grace may have arrived at Hugh’s doorstep barely alive, yet she has the presence of mind to realize that she is in as much, if not more danger now.  Grace would be considered an enemy of the Crown here is Scotland, and it seems she has escaped her father’s murderers only to find herself in dire straits once again.  Her solution is to pretend to have lost her memory of what happened to her, recover quickly and make her way back to discover the men responsible for her father’s death and have them pay.  None of that will be easy, especially the longer she remains with Hugh the less she wants to leave.  Nothing can ever come of the passion and emotions they are feeling for they are enemies, but tell that to her heart.  Soon that decision will be taken from her hands as Grace unwittingly holds a secret that others are willing to kill to prevent it being told.

Romancing the Scot is a fascinating journey through the history of their time as Hugh and Grace find their way to a happy ending.  I was captured from the opening scenes right through to the final page – with a need to continue this series to see what the other siblings will get themselves into next.  The history part of this romance is expertly woven throughout the story and easily becomes almost a character to watch as well.  I will skim through a huge information dump in any story.  I don’t like them, they take me out of the story – I did not feel that in this story at all, and that played a huge part in my enjoyment of Hugh and Grace’s journey.

If you love Historical Romance, a mystery to solve, a bit of a puzzle to put together, interesting secondary characters and a couple well worth cheering for – then Romancing the Scot is a book you should be picking up.  It’s an amazing romance, a bit steamy at times, a love story in every sense – and a journey through life changing events.  Remember they are considered enemies, so there are some adjustments and issues to be dealt with as well.  Discovering how they overcome that small detail is an adventure you will not want to miss.  I’d recommend this story, and I’m already looking forward to continuing the series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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