Monday, September 28, 2020

Review - All Scot and Bothered

Author:  Kerrigan Byrne
Series:  Devil You Know #2
Genre:   Historical Romance
Publisher:  St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   416
Date of Publication:  September 29, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars


They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who's made his own way in the world through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London's most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he's ever met.


Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother's scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips...Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women...and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?


In the first book of this series, How to Love a Duke in Ten Days, Piers, Duke of Redmayne, had his story. Now, Cassius Gerard Ramsay, Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, gets his. He is as strict as can be. Currently, Ramsay is on a mission. He is determined to find out the ins and outs of a notorious gaming hell in London, and is more than shocked when he discovers that it is being run by a woman, Cecelia Teague.

Cecelia had an unfortunate upbringing, but due to a secret benefactor, she not only was able to go to a fantastic boarding school, but also to attend university. Her advantages grew from there, she also inherited a gambling establishment. So, proper English lady by day, and no-nonsense business owner at night. When she discovers that Lord Ramsay is trying to destroy her business. That is bad enough in itself. Considering how drawn Cecelia is to Ramsay opens another can of worms.

What is not to love in this book!? Ramsay is the full package - and truthfully, in historical romances, Scottish men are my absolute favorite. Then we have a strong-willed heroine. I think Kerrigan Byrne excels when it comes to writing her characters, because Cecelia was all but perfect for me. Bring in intrigue and passion, and the result is a wonderful, well-written story that leaves me waiting for more. The fabulous trilogy closes with The Devil in Her Bed, scheduled for release in March 2021.

Many thanks to Kensington Publishing and to NetGalley, as well as Edelweiss, for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Kerrigan has done many things to pay the bills, from law enforcement to belly dance instructor. Now she’s finally able to have the career she’d decided upon at thirteen when she announced to her very skeptical family that she was going to “grow up to be a romance novelist.” Whether she’s writing about Celtic Druids, Victorian bad boys, or brash Irish FBI Agents, Kerrigan uses her borderline-obsessive passion for history, her extensive Celtic ancestry, and her love of Shakespeare in almost every story.

She lives in a little Victorian coast town on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State with her wonderful husband. When she’s not writing you can find her sailing, beach combing, kayaking, visiting wineries, breweries, and restaurants with friends, and hiking…okay…wandering aimlessly clenching bear spray in the mountains. 


  1. Amazing review Robin I also love historical romance book as well, this book looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and right up my alley. I am really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.