Wild Wicked Scot (The Highland Grooms) by Julia London
Overview by Publisher:
Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.
Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.
This is a great book! It has all the elements you want in a book featuring a Highlander – lush setting, politics between England and France and a brawny man.
What works so well in this book is the writing. Julia London creates delicious conflict between the characters. As the reader, you may not like the actions of the characters, but they are so well developed that you relate and understand their motivations. Margot was like an English hothouse rose. Only thinking of her next soiree or ball. Very young, Margot is married off to Arran as a political tactic. She is transported to the Highlands in Scotland where everything is foreign to her. She doesn’t behave well. In fact, it was easy to cringe at her histrionics and actions. What makes this book so worth reading is the evolution of Margot.
Arran is the typical man – while he tries to placate and appease his young bride, his life doesn’t really change due to marriage. However, that is because he is a Laird and must take care of his clan. His frustration is palpable on the page. The only place the two seem to find some common ground in the bedroom. For all her faults, Margot shares her passion and body with Arran without reservations.
The story picks ups after Margot fled three years previous. She has been sent to Scotland to spy on her husband. In order to find out what is happening, she must reconcile with Arran after she left him so abruptly. Through the reconciliation we get to know more about Arran and Margot. Seeing things through Margot’s eyes definitely doesn’t lend a romantic view of Scotland and daily life in a castle, however she learns valuable lessons in humility and reality.
This book has a great relationship between two very interesting characters. The passion between the two is hot and captivating. The story is so well developed and is still resonating with me days later. Highly recommend checking out this book!