The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, #1) by Anna Bradley

The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, #1)

In only six weeks, Isla Ramsey is due to marry Henry Northrup, the sixth Earl of Sydney. But she remains haunted by memories of the dashing Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce. The handsome aristocrat had hinted at forever and then tossed her aside, leaving Isla with few viable options. Now, as she awaits her new fiancé's arrival from London, she rides her horse past Hugh's estate at Hazelwood every day, pining for a man who was never truly hers....

Details The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, #1)

TitleThe Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, #1)
Release DateFeb 26th, 2019
PublisherLyrical Press
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, M M Romance

Reviews The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, #1)

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Though the blurb doesn't mention it, The Wayward Bride is about not one but TWO separate romances, and gay romance lovers rejoice, because we got ourselves a lovely (and unexpected!) love story. Anna Bradley is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and this book showed me again why I love her. Though this book is billed as the first in a new series, it's absolutely tied to The Somerset Sisters series, and I'd recommend readers read that ...
  • Mei
    How to disentangle several love tangles?!Here we have:1) Isla, who's to marry Sydney, but is in love with Hugh, because of a scandal 2) Hugh, who is also secretly in love with her, but who knows that she's bethroted to Sydney and who's also engaged to Julianna 3) Sidney who's gay and who falls in love with Lucas, a farmer who saves his life, but is honorable man and wants to save Isla's reputation.Read this book and you'l find out! LOL
  • Joanna Loves Reading
    4+ stars That was a quick, engaging and achingly sweet story. It was a satisfying HEA or HEAs, really. The title of this story should have been the Wayward Betrothal, however, because at the heart were two people in a betrothal for all the wrong reasons, being drawn to other people. The primary story was a second-chance heterosexual romance, though the separation is brief in terms of second chance. The secondary romance was a m/m story that took ...
  • Andrea
    4.5 starsLove is many things, but easy isn't one of themThis was a lovely continuation of the story of three siblings that started in More or less a temptress. I guess it could stand on it's on, but I would definitely say it makes more sense if you know where the siblings, and Isla in particular, are coming from. I do think if you'd read this without having met Isla, she would make less sense. And speaking of, I still can't decide whether or not ...
  • Shawna
    4-4.5 stars - Historical RomanceOh, but this was a nice surprise! Two romances in this one, and I especially loved the secondary M/M romance between sweet Lord Sydney and gruff farmer Lucas! In fact, I think theirs outshined that of the primary couple, Isla and Hugh.
  • Barbara Rogers
    Series: Besotted Scots #1Publication Date: 2/26/19Number of Pages: 238This was a wonderful read! The characters are delightful and the book is well-written and well-plotted. It could have easily been a 5-star read for me had the blurb mentioned that there was an m/m romance as well as infidelity. The couples aren’t married, but they are formally betrothed and during that period, that is about the same thing. This is the first book of a new seri...
  • Melanie
    The Wayward Bride was a fantastic read that features two wonderful romances.In six weeks Isla Ramsey is set to marry the Earl of Sydney, but her heart still belongs to Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce. Pierce led Isla to believe their romance was forever only to toss her aside when she was touched by scandal. As Isla awaits her new fiancé's arrival, a terrible snow storm forces her to take refuge at Hugh’s estate where the two must confront ...
  • Jultri
    This one was okay but not as good as AB has delivered in the past. The story reads like two separate novellas merging - one concerning the main characters (Scottish Isla Ramsey and the Marquess Pierce, Hugh Courtney) and the other featuring Isla's betrothed and BFF, Lord Sydney and his love interest (taciturn sensitive farmer, Lucas Dean). So by now, everyone ought to know that the latter story is a MM romance, not a subgenre I normally read, but...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    The Wayward Bride Anna Bradley is book One in the Besotted Scots Series. This is the story of Isla Ramsey and Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce. Although this is the first book in the series this series is a branch off of 'The Somerset Sisters Series'. With that said, this is a standalone book but just wanted to make note in case like me you have read that series. Isla is in love with Hugh and thought he was heading in that direction with her bu...
  • Dumbledore11214
    In only six weeks, Isla Ramsey is due to marry Henry Northrup, the sixth Earl of Sydney. But she remains haunted by memories of the dashing Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce. The handsome aristocrat had hinted at forever and then tossed her aside, leaving Isla with few viable options. Now, as she awaits her new fiancé's arrival from London, she rides her horse past Hugh's estate at Hazelwood every day, pining for a man who was never truly hers....
  • eyes.2c
    Much ado!I rather felt like I was plucking daisies and reciting "he loves me he loves me not", from all sides of the gender spectrum. There was certainly plenty of confusion, a tidy sum of mayhem particularly if the dog Brute was involved, and a lot of not quite answered questions.A plethora of persons betrothed, all to the wrong people, and that's where things became a tad confusing.We have Isla Ramsey who was in love with Hugh Courtney, the Mar...
  • Dee Deacon Foster
    Oh my, oh my, oh my! A horrible misunderstanding has torn our hero and heroine apart forever. At least, until fate and mother nature step in. This first book in Anna Bradley’s newest series, Besotted Scots, is a humdinger of a launch. Ms. Bradley ripped my heart out with Isla’s suffering and she had my emotions flip flopping between wanting to wring Hugh’s neck (okay , there was another character I wanted to smack) and feeling sorry for him...
  • Cheryl
    This was a great read and there were two romances! I had read the last book of the Somerset sisters so I did have some back ground knowledge but I think this book would read well as a standalone. Hugh Courtney, Marquess Pierce was the complete opposite to Miss Isla Ramsey. Isla was impulsive and some might consider her wilful whereas Hugh considered his actions and behaved with the utmost decorum in public. Isla loved Hugh and was heartbroken whe...
  • Janet
    Isla Ramsey is due to marry Henry Northrup, the sixth Earl of Sydney but she remains haunted by memories of the dashing Hugh Courtney, the Marquis Pierce. who had hinted at forever and then tossed her aside after a scandal at a ball, leaving Isla with few viable options. Now, she’s staying at Huntingdon awaiting Sydney’s arrival from London, she rides her horse past Hugh’s estate at Hazelwood every day, pining for a man who was never truly ...
  • Shell
    I received this ARC from Netgalley in return for a honest review, all thoughts are my own.As a reviewer I have always tried to be honest and not nasty, because authors spend a lot time writing their books.Even though I liked Hugh and Isla, in some way I was a little disappointed about their romance because it felt a little predictable, which for me was a great shame because I was looking forward to this book. For me the real romance was Sidney an...
  • Bourbon, Books and Brenda
    What a lovely book! 2 love stories for the price of one! I don’t know which story moved me more...Hugh and Isla or Sydney and Luke. Both had me on the edge of my seat hoping for a HEA for both couples! I want to know more of these 4 and how their lives progress. There were a few things that didn’t feel tidied up so I hope that in the next book we get some more answers...Like is Lord Cowden ever held accountable for what he did to Luke’s sis...
  • Iza
    Well, well, well... I guess this is another case of "everybody adored it but me" !Let's be clear : I do love this author. I discovered Anna Bradley last year and am planning to read every book of hers.My reflections about this novel are as follow :- Why give it another series's title while it's the continuation of The Somerset sisters ? Oh, you can read it as a standalone all right, but I didn't understand the need for a "new" series.- There is n...
  • Adria's Musings and Reviews
    Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews.* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.The Story in 4 Sentences or Less: Isla Ramsey had thought Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce wanted to marry her but after a scandalous scene in London left her with a ruined reputation, Hugh tossed her aside witho...
  • Ermione Pickwick
    So, Anna Bradley's novels are those that I know I will love. And, in fact, I absolutely adored this novel! For many reasons - the romance, the story itself, the hero who's madly in love, but above all, I loved that there are two love stories developping at the same time, and one is homosexual, and the author treats it the same way she treats the main story. And it was so sweet.A huge praise to Anna Bradley for her talent and for her plot choices!...
  • Caitlyn Lynch
    For the first book in a new series, The Wayward Bride contains a lot of references to events which happened in a book in a completely different series, that being More Or Less A Temptress, which was the third in the Somerset Sisters series. We first met Isla Ramsay in that book when her older brother courted Hyacinth Somerset, and Isla got herself involved in a scandal for Hyacinth’s sake which saw her get engaged to Lord Sydney, a gentleman sh...
  • Lori D
    Huntington Lodge, Buckinghamshire, March 1818. Be still my heart. Hugh Courtney was never far from her mind. After being heartbroken by him during her season, Isla could not deny her feelings even though she was to marry the earl of Sydney in a few weeks. Longing to see him yet knowing he would not speak to her she rides out and gets caught in an ice storm and is rescued by none other than... yes Hugh. Hugh had been trying to get Isla out of his ...
  • Charlene
    enjoyable story, 2 romances in one, one being homosexual which was a surprise. Isla due to marry but still haunted by memories of another man. twists and turns, interesting storyline, sexual situations, and complex characters will keep you wanting more
  • Nina Reads Too
    Anna Bradley! An amazing author. I was very interested in this couple. This is a second chance love story with a surprise side character love story. Anna Bradley did an amazing job and integrating the two love stories. This is a must read for this winter!
  • Niki
    After a failed season and heartbreak after Hugh Courtney, Marquess Pierce, spoke to her of forever and then told her never to contact him again, Isla Ramsey is nursing a broken heart. Now betrothed to her dear friend Lord Sydney, she has taken to riding out each day to exorcise her inner demons with a hard gallop and torture herself by riding past the gates of Lord Pierce's estate, which happens to be right next to her brother Finn's country esta...
  • Cat C
    Catnip-laden, engrossing historicalI won a copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway and it has not affected my review.I. Loved. This. Book. It took me a few chapters to orient myself since there is a decent amount of exposition because the hero and heroine had already fallen in love in the background of another book, More or Less a Temptress.But let me tell you that a few chapters in, it becomes clear that we have not one but TWO forced proximity rom...
  • Patricia
    In the first few chapters, you get an inkling of how the tale will end, but -oh, what an exciting, surprise-filled ride it is to get there. Love it. I received an ARC of this book.
  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly
    We first met the impetuous Isla Ramsey and the very correct Marquess of Pierce in More or Less a Temptress, the third novel in Anna Bradley’s Somerset Sisters trilogy. Here she begins a new but related series, Besotted Scots (and WHY has no one ever come up with that series title before? Genius!), and Isla is at its center, as she recovers from both scandal and heartbreak, now betrothed to her best friend.That best friend is the eminently likab...
  • Lisa C
    I couldn't put this book down, and when I was finished I wanted to read it all over again. This book could have easily been called "broken betrothals" as there are several in this story. How Ms Bradley weaves this story through them all is incredibly entertaining. You feel for the characters, as well as feel what the characters are feeling. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
  • Nicole Laverdure
    Charming romance! The first story in Anna Bradley's new series 'Besotted Scots' is charming to read. Isla must marry Henry Northrup, the sixth Earl of Sydney. Still she remembers that she still loves Hugh Courtney, the Marquess Pierce, the same man who once rejected her. While waiting for her future husband, she decides to venture during a severe storm to sneak and try to see Hugh at his residence. Unfortunately, she gets lost in the woods, gets ...