ROMANCE

Waiting for a Scot Like You

Avon. (Union of the Rakes, Bk. 3). Feb. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780062932440. pap. $7.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, has waited a long time to enjoy herself. Now at the age of 46, with her husband deceased and her children grown, what better way to celebrate her new freedom than by attending an orgy? Uptight Major Duncan McCameron has been tasked with escorting her to the party and is unaware of their scandalous destination. A recent army discharge, Duncan is lost without order and rules. His fellow friends, the members of Union of the Rakes, have all married, and Duncan wants to settle down too. He’s attracted to the much-older Beatrice, whose free-spirited nature clashes with Duncan’s strict discipline. Before long, the two are caught in unexpected adventures like sleeping outdoors, crashing a wedding, and sharing a bed, all before they even reach the party.
VERDICT Leigh’s third in the “Union of the Rakes” series (after Would I Lie to the Duke) charms with sly nods to 1980s pop culture, particularly the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The attraction smolders between the older, fun-loving Beatrice and her serious younger beau, with risqué love scenes keeping the heat levels high.

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