Book Name: My Scot, My Surrender
Author: Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan
Series: Lords of Essex #4
Genre: Historical Romance
Number of Pages: 402 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publishing Date: January 29, 2018
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Brandt Montgomery, a stable master in England, could not believe his fortune when he comes upon the most prized possession at a horse auction. Lochland Toss was just the horse he wants and needs for his stables. Unlucky for him though, the horse was not on the market and the horse’s owner was none other then the Beast of Maclaren. A mere and mighty woman who right at that moment was wielding a sword and fighting a Scot. Determined to finally get the horse he he has been dreaming over, he makes his way over to confront the Beast of Maclaren.
The Beast of Maclaren is none other than Sorcha Maclaren. She received her name due to the scars on her face and body from a mother wolf who was protecting her young. Although, she hates the name, she has come to accept that no one will really see her as a woman underneath all of the horrible scars. Forced to marry a man she does not want, she does the only thing available to her to try to put an end to her up and coming wedding. She grabs and kisses Brandt Montgomery hoping her betrothed with break off the engagement. Too bad it backfires and she soon finds herself married to Brandt.
What started out as a mean to an end, Brandt agrees to a marriage in name only with the added benefit of getting Lochland Toss at the end of the duration. This sets off a road romance between the two while he tries to safely deliver her to another clan that can protect her from her betrothed who is hell bent on getting Sorcha back.
I have to say I really loved Sorcha Maclaren. She was a fiercely strong woman during her time period and even though she was called the beast in a way she was a beast, but in a good way. She was a strong fighter and is not a simpering miss to be taken lightly. She hates putting Brandt in this situation knowing full well her betrothed, a well and truly even villain, will be coming after the both of them.
Brandt Montgomery has his own past and issues he is dealing with. He was abandoned by his mother and lived with his father. He hated the Scots, especially since his mother is a Scot. He doesn’t feel as if he is good enough for Sorcha considering he was not titled and she was a Duke’s daughter. During their road trip they get to know one another and along the way other secrets emerge that can threaten the both of them. Can their love survive all the dangers around them?
While I loved the plot, I felt it was a little too long and could have been wrapped up about three quarters into the story. It in no way detracted from my enjoyment though as I really came to care for both Sorcha and Brandt and really wanted their HEA through all of the turmoil they both faced.
MY SCOT, MY SURRENDER is the forth book in the Lords of Essex series and it can be read as a standalone. Amalie Howard and Angie Morgan make for a fantastic duo writing team and they both draw you right into the story with their lush imagery and prose. My only wish is that this was not the last book in the series as I would have loved to see a story on one of Sorcha’s brothers, especially Ronan. If you love Historical Romance novels then you do not want to miss this story.