A Scot to the Heart by: Caroline Linden


About A Rogue Review [Desperately Seeking Duke Book 1]

The second book in the clever, sexy Desperately Seeking Duke series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden.

An Officer and a Scotsman

Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to–but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune.

A Lady and a Temptress

Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend’s brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he’s not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another… says otherwise.

An Irresistible Attraction

Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman–a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she’s caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what’s in both their hearts.


Content Warnings: Detailed sex scenes and death of loved ones [some characters have lost parents, some spouses, and some have lost children]. Mention of slavery and infidelity [not by the main couple but a side character].

In the first book, of the Desperately Seeking Duke series, we find out that the current Duke of Carlyle is over 60, unmarried, and unable to have children so his mother found two potential, distant, relatives that could take up the mantle of Duke when her son passes. Captain Andrew St. James has the most claim, between his cousin [whom we meet in book one] and him, and having served in the military for over a decade the Duchess believes he’ll be the easiest, of the two cousins, to mold into a future Duke.

Andrew, understandably shocked, is happy to follow the Duchess’ instructions if it means he’ll be able to provide a good life for his mother and three sisters. With his new elevated status, and the yearly allowance the Duchess plans to send, he’ll now be able to move his family to London and ensure his sisters all get a season and have dowries.

After years of following her father’s rule and then her husband, Isla is finally free to do as she pleases. From her late husband’s investments, Isla can live comfortably as she explores new hobbies and exploring who she wants to be going forward. Isla is having fun making friends and going where she wants, when she wants, without needing to check in with anyone.

Drew plans on allowing the Duchess to introduce him to “proper” English ladies, from which he’ll select a respectable wife who’ll be able to assist him when/if he takes over the responsibilities of a Duke. He’s completely unprepared for his instant attraction to a fiery Scottish woman who lives by her own rules, a woman he’s sure the Duchess would not approve of. Yet since their first meeting, Drew can’t seem to get Isla off his mind.

Isla has no intention of ever saddling herself with another husband, now that she’s tasted freedom she has zero intention of ever feeling beholden to another man…no matter how attractive he may be. Drew may be on her mind constantly but there’s no way they’re compatible especially with the responsibilities he’s preparing for.

I adore romance novels where the couple tries so hard to convince everyone, including themselves, that they aren’t attracted to the other person and that there’s no possible way they could ever be together. Watching the tension build and all their reasoning, for staying apart, fly out the window gives me immense joy. The characters are always so convinced that they can fight the mutual attraction and continue on even though every second the other person is on their mind. That moment when they finally give in and realize they’ll do whatever it takes to fight for their love…brings me immense joy.

I hope, if this is only meant to be a trilogy there’s a spin-off series focusing on Drew’s sisters so we can see what people they end up falling for. Having now read the first two books I still can’t figure out exactly what connection, the gentleman in book three, will have to the family but I’m excited to dive in and find out!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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