All Scot and Bothered

St. Martin’s. (Devil You Know, Bk. 2). Oct. 2020. 416p. ISBN 9781250318862. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
A cruel upbringing in the English countryside hasn’t kept Cecelia Teague down. After being whisked away by a mysterious benefactor, Cecelia is sent to a premier boarding school in Switzerland and then the Sorbonne, where she studies mathematics. There she and her closest friends found the Red Rogues, a trio of whip-smart redheads who vow to live extraordinary lives. After the marriage of one of the Rogues, Cecelia’s benefactor dies suspiciously, and Cecelia inherits a London gaming hall disguised as a school for girls. She’s also given a coded journal and a young ward to teach. Cassius Ramsey, Lord Chief Justice of the High Court, has long suspected that the establishment was a front for trafficking girls and vows to continue his relentless investigation until he witnesses a brutal attack on Cecelia and her pupil. Cassius’s inner turmoil over his attraction to Cecelia only intensifies when he must harbor her and the young charge from danger in Scotland.
VERDICT Byrne crafts a smoldering romance that combines an enticing, well-matched couple with an original storyline about the underbelly of Victorian society that keeps readers guessing. Fans will clamor to pick up the first in the series (How To Love a Duke in Ten Days) if they haven’t already.
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