Review: The Scotch King by Penelope Sky

Posted November 2, 2017 by Mallory in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review:  The Scotch King by Penelope SkyThe Scotch King (Scotch #1) by Penelope Sky
Series: Scotch #1
on August 15th 2017
Genres: Dark Romance
Pages: 196
Format: E-Book
Source: Personal Copy
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Joseph Ingram made the mistake of stealing from me—four million dollars. He took my intelligence without paying for it. And thought he could get away with it.

Think again.

Now I’ll take something from him—something irreplaceable.

His sister.

Collateral.

But even when Joseph doubles the amount of money he owes me, I don’t give her up.

Nope. I have an image to maintain.

So I keep her.

And I’m not giving her up.

Also in this series: The Scotch Queen (Volume 2)
Also by this author: The Scotch Queen (Volume 2)

I typically shy away from darker romances but decided to read The Scotch King by Penelope Sky on a recommendation.  Fortunately, two things jumped out from the Kindle sample: 1) the book was intense and gritty and 2) the main character was ruthless but definitely had room for a soft side.  I went ahead with the read after realizing The Scotch King was unlikely to traumatize me.

Be warned there are potential triggers, including kidnapping, threats of rape, and abuse. Nothing physically graphic happens but there are several scenes where a character described something bad enough to make me squirm.  

This book was a little over-the-top, which probably made it easier to stomach as a darker romance read.  Ruthless businessman Crewe Donoghue sells illegal intelligence while using his massive scotch empire as a cover-up. He catches Joseph Ingram attempting to rip him off using $4million in counterfeit bills.  Logically, he kidnaps Joseph’s sister, London, as an act of revenge. This series serves as a prequel for the Buttons and Lace and while it was obvious when cross-over characters appeared, it was overall brief and non-distracting.

What I Liked:

  • An Admirable Fight by the Main Character:  London is a fighter and determined to return to her life as a med student in NYC.  Even Though she’s faced with an uncertain and bleak future, she refuses to give up.  No idea what I would ever do in a situation like that!
  • Sensory Overloaded Settings:  The author describes rich, luscious settings in Scotland – from the isolated Shetland Islands to majestic Edenburough.  Crewe is also a wealthy duke (on top of spy and Scotch emperor). The Castles, exotic cars, and designer clothes added a layer of decadence to the overall experience.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Slow Introduction of the Story Arc:   The beginning started intensely, but I the overall story arc was introduced relatively late.  I’m somewhat concerned this trilogy will feel like two books spread into three for the sake of quick sales.
  • Abrupt and Unstable Character Evolution: Crewe started a hard, tough as nails character but softened awfully quickly towards London without anyone really making an effort. Obviously, there needs to be some ‘tendernization’ because, well, this IS a romance.

Overall, this started out as one of the darker romances I’ve read and ended-up being stomach-able. The Scotch King is a quick, easy, and entertaining read clocking-in at under 200 pages. I’ll continue the series, but am apprehensive that the next two books will either feel somewhat dull or stretched out.  I guess I just don’t have terribly high hopes…  

three-half-stars

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