The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review via NetGalley.
X Marks The Scot is the second book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands series, however I found that it could be read easily as a stand alone novel.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book to start with. Honestly the only reason I even read it was so that I could have a book that started with the letter X in my A-Z Reading Challenge. However once I started to read this book I found it fairly enjoyable. I can’t say that it jumped out at me as something downright amazing, nor was it something I disliked or struggled to read. The story flowed smoothly enough that I found myself sailing through the pages at a quick rate.
As far as characters go I liked Liadian as the female lead. She was strong, willing to do things herself and didn’t hold her thoughts back when speaking with others, especially when talking to Declan. She had a bit of spunk to her which made her more likeable that most female characters where they are too weak and ladylike to do things for themselves. Declan was a decent enough male lead character. He looked out for Liadian from the get go even if he wasn’t too happy about having to watch her or the fact that she wandered off without escort all the time.
There were some amusing portions of this book, the one that sticks out the most to me is when Liadain was showing Declan all the hidden tunnels under her family castle. They had a humorous exchange in the dark that made the scene progress past the boring feel of wandering blackened hallways.
One part of the book I didn’t enjoy was reading the dialog. Since most of the characters are Scottish their dialog was done with a Scottish accent which made reading the first half of the book a bit agonizing for the first half. I found it interrupted the flow of the story since my reading would come to an almost standstill as I read over the dialog. This was easier int he second half of the book since by that time I was used to the way they spoke and could quickly get through all the dialog.
Overall this was a fairly good book. I’d certainly recommend it to those who enjoy romances, especially those who like Scottish men and landscapes. Would I read the previous novel and the upcoming one in the series? Possibly, though I’m in no rush to do so.