A Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch
Overview from Amazon:
A ROGUE FOR EVERY LADY
London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom thanks to his lovestruck brother, highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen’s mask promises just that…until he discovers that she’s the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry’s longtime rival. Despite their families’ grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…
THE THRILL OF THE FORBIDDEN
Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox’s mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn’t have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she’s promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to ignite, love is worth every risk…in Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch
This is an endearing novel. Based on the premise of Romeo and Juliet, we have two members of rival clans who meet by a mere twist in fate. Intrigued by each other, they can’t help themselves and conspire ways to meet up and get to know the person behind the mask. I think the best word to describe this plot point is sweet. It wasn’t creepy and I didn’t feel like Arran was stalking her, but rather inexplicably drawn to her. Of course Mary feels the same way, willing to risk discovery in order to be together.
The similarities with Romeo and Juliet continue: fighting among clans, bethrothals to others, unpleasant family members (her gross first cousin Charles Calder). Once they are discovered by a betrayal, they are both banished to the Highlands. Through some willing friends help, they are able to get word to each other about what the fall out from discovery was. The rest of the novel is about their adventure north – a rescue attempt, two furious clans chasing them, re-united family members and a quick courtship to see if marriage will be the result.
I enjoyed the cunning and ingenuity that Arran and Mary displayed while racing north. The time was well spent as they grew to love each other. My only complaint was that the book had a mild heat. It wasn’t as spicy and steamy as most of Enoch’s books, but since they were hiding in priest hole’s and riding horses, they couldn’t be doing each other all the time. The author describes Arran as sexy, seductive, so I wish I had more of a taste of it.
The end comes swiftly and predictably. This is a romance novel, so therefore the ending was perfect. A good read if you like adventure and a sweet story.