Waiting for a Scot Like You
Author: Eva Leigh
Series: Union of the Rakes, book 3
Publisher: Avon (February 23, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Romance, Adult Historical Romance (Regency)
I don’t usually take notes while reading but there were SO MANY things I wanted to shout excitedly about that I dig out a notebook for this one, haha. It’s so good, I have died and ascended into heaven – or maybe it’s hell, the sex scenes are HOT. *fans self*
If you haven’t read the other books in this series, the set-up is basically an all-male cast of The Breakfast Club set in a Regency boys’ school, following the characters several years later. Waiting for a Scot Like You is Duncan (the jock)’s book. It took me WAY too long to realize Lady Farris and Major McCameron = Ferris and Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. WAY too long, haha. (It also made me want to go write Ferris/Cameron fanfic… shh) There are so many amazing nods to various 80’s movies (including a Dirty Dancing subplot!) This book is a Regency romance love letter to 80’s movies and now I want to reread the first two books and see if there are as many 80’s references I somehow missed!
In addition to all the great 80’s references, Waiting for a Scot Like You is jam-packed with all the best tropes. To name just a few, we’ve got forced proximity, there’s only one bed (twice!), the grumpy one and the sunshine one, age gap, fake relationship (sort of…) The chemistry between Beatrice (Lady Farris) and Duncan (McCameron) is SO AMAZING and I love it so much. And oh, my goodness, some of the best and hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a romance. The kink! *standing ovation* Definitely read this if you’re into bondage, dom/sub relationship, pain play… It’s so well written and there’s so much repeated checking for consent, which is amazing. I loved the first book in this series, My Fake Rake, so much that I made both my mom and Grandma read it, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to send them copies of this book, haha!
There’s also FINALLY a side plot for Curtis and Rowe, the last two members of their Union of Rakes/Breakfast Club clique. I ship them SO HARD and I was really hoping they’d get their own book. Eva Leigh posted on Instagram about why she won’t be writing a book for these two, basically because she doesn’t identify as LGBTIA+ she doesn’t feel it’s her space to write POV characters who identify as such. “I want to read historical LGBTQIA ownvoices stories written by authors who can speak of their on lived experience,” she said in her post. I can respect that (but am still sad to not have an entire book for them, especially since it sounds like their stories is a there’s only one bed, let’s just get this out of our systems and we can move on-oops, feelings! one, haha).
This is the third book in the Union of Rakes series, and while it can technically be read as a stand alone Beatrice and Duncan first meet in the second book, Would I Like to the Duke, which is where the first sparks start flying. And the first book, My Fake Rake, is one of my absolute favorites. So really, you should just read the entire series. 🙂
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.