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Sabrina Jeffries
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19 May 2007 School for Heiresses (Book 3)
When Sir Lachlan Ross, otherwise known as the Scottish Scourge, is left for dead by the Earl of Duncannon's men, he seeks his vengeance by kidnapping Duncannon's daughter, Lady Venetia Campbell. But despite all his efforts to treat her as the enemy, he is irresistibly drawn to her fiery beauty and soon learns that some attractions transcend the past. And both learn that only by embracing the present can they lay to rest the curse of a secret family betrayal. Filled with romance, intrigue, and fast-paced storytelling, Beware a Scot's Revenge is a delightfully sexy addition to Jeffries's successful and seductive School for Heiresses series.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (19 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416516107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416516101
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 13.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sabrina Jeffries has written two dozen novels under the names Deborah Martin, Deborah Nicholas, and Sabrina Jeffries. She lives with her husband and son in North Carolina.

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"Expertly crafted and delectably sexy." -- "Booklist"

About the Author

Sabrina Jeffries has written two dozen novels under the names Deborah Martin, Deborah Nicholas, and Sabrina Jeffries. She lives with her husband and son in North Carolina.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing historical romance 27 May 2007
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Lady Venetia Campbell is on a long overdue trip to her childhood home in Scotland when she is tricked and abducted by her father's sworn enemy Sir Lachlan Ross. Despite his threats - Venetia remembers him as the wild boy that she adored when they were neighbours growing up. Now an amazingly sexy man, Venetia realises he poses a far greater risk to her heart than her wellbeing. And despite grand plans to use Venetia as a weapon against her father things start to go wrong when secrets are revealed and stolen kisses become more enjoyable than they really should.

This book is another winner for Sabrina Jeffries and has to be one of the best books that I have read in a long time.

Venetia is strong and independent but has enough compassion and wit for me to really like her as a heroine. Lachlan as well is an excellent character - strong and amazingly stubborn yet he still manages to have moments of tenderness and aching vulnerability which are always a joy to read. And the thought of him in a kilt makes my knees weak!

Which leads me on to the setting for the book. Apart from the prologue - this book is set entirely in Scotland. I'll admit that I am often wary of books set in Scotland but I am very glad to say that there was absolutely nothing stereotypical about this book and everything was very well written and wonderfully accurate. You can really picture yourself in the real Scotland when reading. And luckily you don't have to read through cringe-worthy attempts at Scottish accents. Each character's dialogue was exactly how you would expect them to be if they came from the Highlands - very realistic.

The story itself is fast paced and a real page turner - I couldn't put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to be Kidnapped 4 Jun 2009
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For years the Scottish Scourge has targeted the friends and employees of the Earl of Duncannon, preventing his daughter, Lady Venetia Campbell, from returning to the country she loves. Now rumours claim that the Scourge is dead, and Venetia seizes the chance to return home to Scotland. Only to be seized herself.

Sir Lachlan Ross returned from war to find his inherited estate in turmoil. With money woes and a struggling clan to support, it seemed only natural to call in the loan Duncannon owes him. But the earl refuses to pay - even after he created the Scourge to force him.

After thugs hired by the earl come close to killing Lachlan, it's clear he must do something drastic to receive his money - and when Venetia visits Edinburgh it's too good an opportunity to miss.

Until several days of close confinement teach Lachlan that she's no brainless society miss, but an intelligent Scottish Lass with a wicked bent. As he struggles to keep his hands to himself - especially when Venetia fails to protest - and the pair of them fall in love, can he ever forget what brought them together in the first place? Or might he be forced to give her up in his quest for revenge?

Jeffries continues the `School for Heiresses' series (Never Seduce A Scoundrel (School for Heiresses), Only a Duke Will Do (School for Heiresses), The School for Heiresses) with a tale full of Highland passion, sultry Gaelic nights and plenty of whiskey.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Took time to warm up 12 Aug 2011
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I've been a bit mean with a three star rating perhaps but for me the story didn't grab until about halfway through, when Lachlan (the hero) returned to his home. However, after that it did became a good read.. I liked the character of Lachlan Ross who was trying hard to be a good leader for his clan but not so much the lady of the story Venetia. I have read other SJ books but my favourite so far has to be 'The Truth About Lord Stoneville'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What's with the Irish accents? 15 Mar 2011
By Roz
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I loved the story but as an audio book the Scottish accent seemed to slip into Irish frequently hence the 3 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparks fly in this funny, sexy and sweet romance 25 May 2007
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Sir Lachlan Ross steals his enemy's daughter, but has his heart stolen in return in this fun and satisfying "road trip" romance. Lachlan has tried for years to collect an old (and large) family debt from the Earl of Duncannon, but the earl denies he owes the money. Times are hard in the Scottish Highlands, and Lachlan's clan - of which he is laird - desperately needs the money to survive. To compensate, Lachlan dons the guise of the "Scottish Scourge" and robs the earl's wealthy friends. Duncannon guesses the Scourge's identity and sends men to rough him up as a warning. Things get out of hand, however, and Lachlan is severely wounded - and almost dies. The earl is told that Lachlan does die, but instead he secretly recuperates and plans his revenge.

Six months later and still healing, a determined Lachlan kidnaps the earl's daughter Venetia to hold for ransom. Lachlan and Venetia knew each other as children, but she moved to London and he has not set eyes on her in sixteen years. He assumes she will be a selfish, snooty, simpering and spoiled society miss, but Lachlan is in for a rude awakening. The beautiful Venetia is smart and tough and generous and resourceful - and quite irresistible to her suddenly conflicted captor.

I like road trip romances like this where the couple start out sniping and snarling, but grow ever fonder of each other as the miles pass. In this instance, there is a lot of underlying fondness at the outset, and it's fun to watch as it works its way to the surface. Lachlan and Venetia are extremely likeable leads. Though there is a natural friction between abductor and abductee, there is no silly game-playing between the two. Their frank dialogue and refreshingly honest attraction - often augmented with humor - are probably the best parts of the book. "Beware of a Scot's Revenge" is classic Sabrina Jeffries - funny, sexy and sweet. The author is clearly back on track a la her excellent "Royal Brotherhood" series after a few mediocre entries in between. I have always liked Ms. Jeffries and when she is on - as she is here - the result is truly satisfying.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angst and true love in the Highlands 28 Sep 2007
By Rebecca Huston - Published on
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There are still a few romance writers that I still enjoy these days, who can turn out a novel that goes a bit farther than a lot of billing and cooing in various historical costumes and settings. One of the more critical aspects for me is to have a heroine and hero who actually matter -- I'm not talking about social status or any of that fluff, but rather that they have distinct characters and motivations to them. Otherwise, a novel will just fall flat and be very forgettable.

Lady Venetia Campbell is the only child of the Earl of Duncannon. While she was born in Scotland, she has only dim memories of the place, and has spent most of her life in London. And despite several offers of marriage, she has refused them all -- she wants to marry someone that will care for her herself, not the wealth that she can provide. When the opportunity comes to visit Edinburgh during the festivities for the visit of King George IV, Venetia eagerly takes the opportunity to go.

But little does she know that she's about to become a pawn for revenge. There are rumors that the Scottish Scourge is dead, but others claim that the notorious highwayman is still about. When Venetia meets a strapping, handsome Highlander in his regimentals at a masked ball, she can hardly resist the charm that he seems to have. That will quickly change when he has the audacity to kidnap her.

Soon enough she finds out that her abductor is a friend of her childhood -- Sir Lachlan Ross -- and he has quite a quarrel with her father, the earl. Enough to where he demands a hefty ransom for her return. What he didn't count on was that Venetia would be enticing and spirited, and more than a match for him.

How all of this comes to a resolution is what keeps this a page turner. The romance between Lachlan and Venetia is one of equals, and the heroine gives just as good as she gets, with enough fire between them to set a forest ablaze. There are plenty of complications to move the story along, with several dark family secrets, real reasons for the hero to have his plot for revenge, and plenty of actual detail for the reader to think about, and give the story a believable base.

In fact, it's the extra details that Sabrina Jeffries brings to the story that sold it to me. In 1822, King George IV made a visit to Scotland, where the events were organized by none other than Sir Walter Scott (the former Prince Regent was very fond of his novels), and the wearing of tartan and what customs we think of as Scottish today were introduced. The visit was wildly popular. Sadly, however, the custom of Scottish landlords evicting the tenant farmers from their lands to introduce sheep farming was also wildly popular -- the devastating results of this can still be seen in Scotland today, and how it came to be that so many people in the United States and Canada have Scottish ancestry. Another interesting subplot involves the art of distilling whiskey. Most of this is covered in the author's afterword.

This was a fun read, perfect for light reading and a pair of lovers that have both charm and plenty of spirit to them. An excerpt from Jeffries' next novel is provided as well. In any case, this one is going to be kept, always a positive factor for me.

Four stars overall. Recommended.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the series! (so far). A fun, sexy romp through Scotland 21 May 2007
By Karlyn - Published on
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Another great book by Sabrina Jeffries. In my opinion, this is the best in the School for Heiresses series, and a top favorite among all of her books. (Yes, I have read them all.) The Scotish Scourge kidnaps his enemy's daugther, but very little goes as planned. The story takes us on a fun romp through Scotland, (a welcome relief from the stuffy London ball rooms), and introduces us to a great hero/heroine pair, plus a handful of secondary characters. If I had more time I'd write a more detailed review, but let me quickly say that any S.J. fan (or those who simply like steamy, fun romances) will not be disappointed.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 23 May 2007
By emwhist - Published on
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I've loved just about everything Sabrina Jeffries has written and this definitely didn't disappoint! After reading the back cover description, I had my doubts. After all, there are a zillion family feud kidnapping stories out there. However, Ms. Jeffries' latest brings fun, interesting characters, good dialogue and originality to this tried-and-true plotline. Snippets of letters between Mrs. Harris and 'Cousin Michael' at the beginning of each chapter are entertaining and I can't wait for their book to come out!

I wasn't nuts about 'Only a Duke Will Do' but I'm glad I kept on with the series. The 'School for Heiresses' anthology was good, and this latest installment is definitely my favorite of the series so far. Doesn't quite surpass my favorite Sabrina Jeffries, 'One Night with a Prince' (Royal Brotherhood book 3), but definitely a good read.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Her Best 10 July 2007
By Lauren Sophie - Published on
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Here's what's great about Sabrina Jeffries: she makes even the most cliched premise (and really, there's little more cliched in romance novels than the "I kidnapped you, now I love you" trope) seem fresh and fun. In this novel, we meet Lachlan, a proud and honorable Scot out for revenge against the man he feels led to the ruination of his beloved land and clan. The problem? That man is also the father of our heroine, Venetia, a young woman Lachlan knew and liked when both were children. Despite his fond memories of Venetia, Lachlan plans to kidnap her in order to force her father to pay him the money Lachlan believes he stole from him. Lachlan also plans to call the man out, which essentially means Venetia's father will die at Lachlan's hand.

As Venetia and Lachlan travel to Lachlan's home in the Highlands, they tempt fate by indulging their mutual attraction. Before long, Venetia is talking marriage, and the two butt heads over whether Lachlan's affections are sincere (they are) and how he should handle Venetia's father (Lachlan's pride demands that he follow through on his initial plan; Venetia doesn't wish for any more bloodshed).

The central conflict in this novel is very strong, in that both Venetia and Lachlan have a point. Lachlan has every right to avenge his enemy, while Venetia can't get over the fact that her future husband should not be the one to kill the father she loves, no matter what the circumstances. The best scenes-- besides the sexy love scenes, of course--are those in which the two leads debate and negotiate the limits of Lachlan's vengeance.

As always, Sabrina Jeffries proves herself to be a master at weaving history, Scottish slang, and naughty ballad lyrics into the fast-moving plot. Venetia is also immensely appealing and clever, while Lachlan is both stoic and wonderfully romantic when the mood strikes him. There's never a dull moment, either. If you're a Sabrina Jeffries fan who has been disappointed in this new series so far, don't worry: this novel should renew your love of this great writer.
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