Thursday, March 1, 2018

AUDIBLE REVIEW OF A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch

Sportochick's MusingsAuthor Suzanne Enoch knows how to keep her readers glued to every single page of her book with fully developed characters, rich details and sexual tension between Callum and Becca.

A Devil in Scotland

A No Ordinary Hero #3

by Suzanne Enoch

Narrator ~ Flora MacDonald

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Publisher ~ Blackstone Audio
Genres ~ Historical Romance

The dawning of desire...

1806, Scotland: Wild, reckless Callum MacCreath is in no hurry to become someone’s husband. But when his responsible, steady older brother Ian announces his engagement to their childhood friend Rebecca, Callum makes a startling discovery: he wants the lovely young lass for himself. But it’s too late, and when Ian banishes him for his duplicity, he’s only too happy to leave Scotland forever… delicious and dangerous.

1816: Marrying Ian was the practical, logical thing for Becca to do. But once Callum sailed away to America, she missed his rakish charm and lust for life. Now, ten years later, Becca is a widow when a much-changed Callum returns to his Scottish homeland. Will he remember their spirited, fiery connection, or does he blame her for his brother’s unexpected death? This time neither of them can deny their scorching attraction, but will their hearts be burned in the blazing heat of scandal?

Narrator - 4.25 STARS
Narrator Flora MacDonald does a fine job of narrating but the differentiation between male and female characters were a little distracting for me. I needed the line between them more defined. None of this took away from the quality of the audible book though.

Book Plot - 5 STARS
Author Suzanne Enoch knows how to keep her readers glued to every single page of her book with fully developed characters, rich details and sexual tension between Callum and Becca. I like that her characters aren't perfect and that she spends a great deal of time creating dramatic tension in every interaction between them. 

The descriptively written details of the house and surroundings makes the reader feel like they have been transported back in time.

Callum as a youth is hot headed and self involved but his character makes the most forward movement as he works through his life as it was and who he becomes in the present time. This is handled to perfection and I like how she showed his character maturing over time that was believable to this reader.

Becca on the other hand didn't grow as much mentally as she did in her physical form but this makes sense because she was mentally stable at a young age. Her fierceness at protecting those she loves or loved is one of her key character traits.

I felt that the secondary characters completed this book with additional flavor and her daughter specifically caught my heart.

Because I couldn't put this book down I give it 5 STARS.

My Review of the No Ordinary Hero Series

Hero in the Highlands (Book #1) ~ My Review
My One True Highlander (Book #2) My Review
A Devil in Scotland (Book #3) My Review

Suzanne was born in Southern California sometime in the latter half of the 20th century. In the way that some people are born knowing they want to be astronauts or cellists, Suzanne always knew she wanted to be a writer. Early dreams of becoming a zoologist and writing true stories about her adventures in Africa were crushed, however, after she viewed a television special about the world’s most poisonous snakes; she did NOT want to write about how she’d been bitten and lost a limb to a cobra. Thankfully at the same time the movie “Star Wars” premiered, and she realized that she could make up adventures and write about them, and not be eaten by deadly predators while doing research.

She dabbled in romantic fantasy writing for a year or two after graduating with a degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, until her affection for traditional Regency romances led her to write one for fun. After several encouraging rejections from publishers, she snared the interest of the world’s best and most patient literary agent, who advised her to revise the manuscript. This ultimately led to the publication of her first book, The Black Duke’s Prize, from Avon Books in the Spring of 1995. A second Regency, Angel’s Devil, followed that Fall.

When Avon folded its traditional Regency line, Suzanne was encouraged to try her hand at historical romance. As she remained keenly interested in England’s Regency period, she decided to attempt another manuscript set in that time. Lady Rogue hit the shelves in March of 1997. She wrote a total of 29 books for Avon, including two anthologies and a five-part contemporary series which received a pair of starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. One of those books, Twice the Temptation, was named one of the five best romances of the year by PW in 2007.

In 2002 her well-known love of all things “Star Wars” led to an invitation to appear on the E! channel in the television special “Star Wars: The Force Is Back”, where she discussed the romance in the movie series and ended up with more air time than George Lucas.

In 2010 Suzanne left Avon Books for St. Martin’s Press, where she continues to pen historical romance novels. Her 31st book, Taming an Impossible Rogue, is set to arrive in March 2012.

Suzanne is known for her humorous characters, sexy bad boys, and whip-sharp, witty dialogue. She currently resides in Placentia, California with several hundred guppies and various other tropical fish, and handful of very loud, spinach-loving finches. And her collection of action figures and statues from “Star Wars”, “Lord of the Rings”, “X-Men”, and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Everybody needs some inspiration, after all.

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