Romancing the Scot (The Pennington Family)

 Title: Romancing the Scot | Author: May McGoldrick

Print Length: 284 pages | Series: The Pennington Family #1

Publisher: Swerve | Publication Date: November 14, 2017 | Sold by: Macmillan

In this stunning series starter by USA Today bestselling author May McGoldrick, meet the new generation of Penningtons…five brothers and sisters of passion and privilege. Enter their aristocratic world…where each will fight injustice and find love.

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.


What can I say…if you love history, then you’re in for a treat with Romancing the Scot the first book in May McGoldrick new series The Pennington Family. For an introduction to the author, the book was an okay read. The story opens with Grace Ware witness the murder of her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. To avoid being the next victim, she ran, and things took a turn for the worst. Who would have thought..that fleeing for her life that fate would have her land, at the door of an aristocrat of a renowned statute.
With the mass amount of history being incorporated in the telling of this story, I will give Romancing the Scots high marks on that score. However, this was a Historical Romance was it not. The romance didn’t come until you were a third of the way into the story. Which to me seemed really forced at times and not believable. The characters I couldn’t really get into them, the chemistry I just didn’t feel the spark. The story dragged and didn’t really pick up until about the halfway mark.
I will recommend this book if you’re passionate about history.

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May McGoldrick

May McGoldrick
USA Today Bestselling Author
(a.k.a. Nikoo & Jim McGoldrick)

USA Today Bestselling Authors Nikoo and Jim wrote their first May McGoldrick romance using historical figures that Jim researched while earning a PhD in sixteenth-century Scottish and English literature. Nikoo, a mechanical engineer, is a born storyteller. She is all about characters and feeling. Jim is about action and sense of place. Together, they have crafted over forty fast-paced, conflict-filled historical and contemporary novels and two works of nonfiction under the pseudonyms May McGoldrick and Jan Coffey.

Their stories have touched the hearts and minds of millions of readers all over the world. Their work has been translated into over a dozen languages, and counting. Because of their success, they have been frequent guests on local and national radio and television. They travel regularly, speaking at writers’ conferences, libraries, classrooms, and book group gatherings.

For the past decade, Nikoo and Jim have been conducting workshops bringing 21st century collaboration and writing skills to students and teachers.

These popular and prolific authors write historical romance, suspense, mystery, and young adult novels. They are three-time Rita Finalists and the winners of numerous awards for their writing, including the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Daphne DeMaurier Award, three NJRW Golden Leaf Awards, two Holt Medallions, and the Connecticut Press Club Award for Best Fiction. Their work is included in the Popular Culture Library collection of the National Museum of Scotland.

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