Taming His Rebel Lady (The Georgian Rebels Series) by Jane Godman
Overview by Amazon:
In the six months since the Jacobites met defeat at Culloden, the English have ruthlessly routed the remaining rebels. Now Sir Edwin Roxburgh rides to claim Cameron House, his reward for his loyalty to the king.
His welcome comes at the point of a sword. It’s only after a fierce fight that Edwin discovers that underneath the banned tartan, the “boy” he’s just wounded is none other than the lady of the house.
If the crown thinks Lady Iona Cameron will allow an English soldier to turn her out of her own home, the crown is sadly mistaken. She never thought her desperate attempt to defy authority would send her to a traitor’s death—unless she agrees to marry Roxburgh.
Edwin quickly realizes he has his hands full trying to control the fiery, rebellious widow—and trying to control his own desire to fill his arms with her beautiful body. But he has a dark past that makes love not only impossible, but dangerous—especially if Iona manages to slip past his guard.
This book was like reading an episode of Outlander. The lush Scottish Highlands, the Jacobite cause, rebellious Scots and the dreaded English redcoats are all part of the tapestry of this story.
While this is a love story with great characters, I was just as into the political plot as I was the love story. The Scottish clearances have been taking a great toll on the local population. This story takes place after the disaster at Culloden and the Highland way of life is gone. I found the politics of the local lairds and the commanders at the British forts fascinating. There are local pockets of resistance and the heroine is one of the many who fight to protect the people from raping and looting. There is another awesome avenger on the scene, The Falcon. He’s like a Robin Hood. He disrupts the British from turfing Scots from their land and sees them to safety in the Carolinas. He loves to tweak the English’s noses and has drawn the attention of the upper echelons of the British government’s attention.
The love story is interesting as well. Edwin has been granted a manor for recognition of his service in the army. I realized as I read this book, how likely this situation would be. It didn’t matter who owned the property, if they had been branded a traitor, the land was given away. It didn’t matter who still called the place home. This is the case for Lady Iona. Her husband died at Culloden and his home is being given to Edwin, so she must leave.
Fate deems it that Edwin wants her to stay and once he finds out about her nightly missions, he marries her to protect her. Edwin is a well developed character, but it surprised me that he would be so eager to settle in the Highlands considering his active life in London. Iona is spirited and very feisty. She is like a fire cracker – quick to leap and full of sparks. Edwin wants to tame her, but not in a controlling way, he just wants to save her life. It is a dangerous time and her adventures make her a target.
For an Englishman, Edwin has more than a healthy distaste for the treatment of the Scots. His sympathies are deeply explored along with his past. The villain of this book is an evil man. Of course, I extremely disliked him, but as a reviewer, I have to say that he created great conflict for the characters.
While Iona is a widow, she has no idea of the marriage bed. She is not a virgin, but did her ‘duty’. It is Edwin’s pleasure to teach her about passion and lust. I actually laughed about her expectations and how she tries to entice Edwin to her bed. The two enjoy a lusty marriage once they are on the same page.
This book was like reading an Outlander type book a few years after Culloden. What happened to the people and how they endured. I loved the plot and the political content. The love story was woven throughout the action. A great read to fill in the time until the new season of Outlander starts!