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Lady Frederica and the Scot Who Would Not (Scottish Scoundrels: Ensnared Hearts Book 4) by Julie Johnstone

Lady Frederica and the Scot Who Would Not (Scottish Scoundrels: Ensnared Hearts Book 4) by Julie Johnstone


When the guarded King of the Underworld collides with a maddeningly reckless lady, the road to ruination becomes impossible not to take. 

Lady Frederica Darlington isn’t prim, obedient, or appropriately dispassionate as a proper lady of the aristocracy should be. Nor is she interested in securing a husband, whether rake, rogue, duke, or lord. Freddy wants to live as she pleases in a place she feels she belongs, and for a unconventional lady, the bohemian world of Covent Garden seems the perfect spot. She has a plan to achieve her goal, but when one of her secret missions goes awry and the King of the Underworld rescues her, danger never looked so enticing. And the future she was certain of now feels utterly confusing.

Born and bred on the cutthroat streets of London, Gabriel Beckford has known his share of struggle and loss. He even obtained a few enemies, one of whom is waiting to destroy any lady Gabe falls in love with, so Gabe lives by one simple, necessary rule: never get close. It’s a dictate that’s been easy to abide—until the day Frederica sweeps into his life like a storm. Her passionate nature and impossible impetuousness tempts him beyond reason, and when she declares to make the territory he rules her home, he’ll do everything in his power to stop her and keep her out of his life, head, and heart. 

But when a threat to Frederica brings Gabe to her side once more, keeping her at a distance becomes impossible. As Gabe’s enemy closes in, Frederica and Gabe must learn how to trust themselves—and each other—and either submit to the love they thought they never wanted or risk losing the very thing that could save them both.

Join the adventure today! You’ll love Lady Frederica and the Scot Who Would Not , book four in the Scottish Scoundrels: Ensnared Hearts series! It’s a captivating regency Scottish romance by USA Today bestselling author Julie Johnstone!

Regency Romance Books: 

Scottish Scoundrels: 

Ensnared Hearts Series

Book 1 Lady Guinevere and the Rogue with a Brogue

Book 2 Lady Lilias and the Devil in Plaid

Book 3 Lady Constantine and the Sins of Lord Kilgore

Book 4 Lady Frederica and the Scot Who Would Not

Publication date 10/5/2021

My Review

Smaller possible spoiler alert!!

Gabriel “Gabe” Beckford has grown up on the streets, so knows poverty only too well! His sister, his best friend and young girl who grew up with them was all the family he needed. But after an incident that leaves Georgette with child, Gabe steps up and marries her! A happy ending, or so you would think! But it’s never as straight forward as that! And that’s how Gabe becomes the loner he’s now known for! A bitter enemy has sworn revenge, and so Gabe will remain on his guard. Love is not for him!

Frederica “Freddy” Darlington has always been a nuisance! Too loud, too boisterous and just not a lady! Her family just don’t know what to do with her! But Freddy has other ideas of how to occupy her time! Daring rescue missions to help ladies that can’t help themselves! But in doing so it puts her in danger, and that danger has Gabe crossing her path!

Gabe and Freddy are thrown together after a few incidents see her needing help! But Gabe doesn’t really want to get involved! But the lovely young lady strikes a bargain up with him, an offer he simply can’t refuse. In exchange for his help, Freddy will “teach” his sister to become a lady. And hopefully escape the life he doesn’t want for her.

He’s totally enamoured with her, but until he finds and ends the threat to anyone he cares for, nothing can ever come of his feelings towards Freddy…..

I’ve not read any of the other books in this series, they are all loosely linked, but you can read this one without reading the others. But I have read a few of the authors other books, and as usual it’s a great read. Historical Romance with murder/betrayal and a sprinkling of love thrown in. There are a few tender moments, but they are few and far between! The story is concentrating on a bitter score that needs sorting!

It’s a really good read. I liked the fact Gabe was an honourable rogue. I loved Freddy, she was such a strong character. Hoping Gabe’s sister and Freddy’s brother get their story time next.

It’s a Scottish based story, but to be honest, there was a few Scottish words thrown in, but other than that, it’s based in london and if I hadn’t read the title, I never would have guessed it was a Scottish story!

A relatively fast paced story. Nicely written and well thought out plot.


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