Author: Nichole Van
Series: Brotherhood of the Black Tartan #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: April 26, 2019
Publisher: Fiorenza Publishing
Lady Jane Everard cannot abide the new Earl of Hadley. The unmannered Scot is a menace to genteel ladies everywhere, what with his booming laugh and swishing kilt and endless supply of ‘ochs’ and ‘ayes.’ Jane wishes Lord Hadley would behave as an earl should and adhere to English rules of polite conduct.
Andrew Langston, the new Earl of Hadley, knows that the English aristocracy think poorly of his lowly Scottish upbringing. This is hardly new. History is littered with the English assuming the worst about Scotland. By living up to their lowest expectations, he is simply fulfilling his civic duty as a Scotsman.
Jane sees Andrew as an unmannered eejit. Andrew considers Jane to be a haughty English lady. But, as the saying goes… opposites attract.
And what if beneath his boisterous behavior and her chilly reserve, Andrew and Jane are not nearly as different as they suppose? Can Scotland and England reach a harmonious union at last?
I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book but by just a few pages I was getting sucked right in. The Scot was something of a caricature which made him a little humorous. There is a great lesson to be learned about stereotypes, gossip and pre-judging people. There were also some lessons on mercy vs justice that were rather thought provoking and for a while I couldn’t see how we could have a satisfactory ending because of the difficulty of satisfying both mercy and justice.
Most of the English characters in this book were insufferable snobs, at least in the beginning. There had to be some growth and changes or this book could not have progressed. They were all awful.
There was some intrigue in the story and I thought I had the villain picked out right off but it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought it would which only added to the intrigue.
It is a long book so unless you are a super fast reader this isn’t one you are going to get through in an afternoon. I rather expected the story to begin dragging due to the length but it didn’t.
I know I have a limited vocabulary and maybe other people wouldn’t have the same experience but there were a lot of words in the book that I only understood by context. Some were Scottish but some were just big words or old words not commonly used among my peers. The author may have been trying to educate me. I could use it. She did spend a great deal of time educating the reader about the conflicts between the English and Scots so we could understand the story better.
Overall I thought it was a good read.
Violence: a bit