Thursday, January 28, 2021

Book Review: Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva Leigh

Widowhood is by far the preferable state," she continued with a rueful smile. "For women, in any regard. It is the most freedom we are permitted."

Last year, My Fake Rake, the first book in Eva Leigh's The Union of the Rakes trilogy, made my top reads of 2020. I've been on tenterhooks for this one, the final in the series, and it did not disappoint.

Waiting for a Scot Like You by Eva Leigh
Avon, 2012
Digital review copy via Netgalley

All three of Leigh's novels are loosely inspired by films from the 1980s; this one very clearly of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (right down to our heroine Lady Farris). 

(Brief aside to confess that the '80s homage in all three books really irked me until I reminded myself that it's the same as all the Pride and Prejudice-inspired novels I so enjoy. Put that way, I was less annoyed by some of the inserted-only-for-genre-and-not-really-for-plot elements that I found jarring in this book.)

Major Duncan McCameron, a grumpy Scottish veteran who has appeared in both books one and two, is our romantic lead in this one, and damn, he's just delicious. Military life suited him but in peacetime, he's at a loss. He just wants something to be committed to, but his fiancee threw him over and his friends are all settling down to wedded bliss. Lady Beatrice Farris is a widow and mother of three who is determined to take pleasure when life offers it. This means that at the novel's open, she's on her way to an orgy.

Yep, an orgy.

Duncan agrees to escort Lady Farris on her journey -- not knowing the destination -- and both are grumpy at the prospect. Duncan sees the lady as too frivolous and wild; Farris sees the major as too unyielding and humorless. Obviously, they're going to be marvelous together.

Enemies-to-lovers is a favorite trope of mine, as is forced proximity -- in this case, the long journey from London to the far off estate where this orgy is to occur. In the duration of this trip, many things happen that force Duncan and Beatrice to see how badly they've misjudged each other and how brilliant they are at sex together.

I think I'm just at the cusp of people around my age to not be nostalgic or sentimental for the '80s and so I was less invested in those nods through the story (like the Footloose interlude that didn't seem to add anything to the plot or character development). Still, this was a fun, fluffy novel that provided a very welcome diversion to the start of my year.

1 comment :

  1. Awww this sounds so fun. I admit I do not love Ferris Bueller's Day Off, as I have never cared for Matthew Broderick, but this book sounds terrific.