Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London
Overview by Publisher:
A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands.
Widowed and forced to remarry in three years’ time or forfeit her son’s inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand…and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly—though unwillingly—bewitched.
Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy’s brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.
The premise of this book was great – widow visiting the Highlands, falls for hot Highland neighbour, has steamy affair and then must decide what to do. For the most part, it is executed well.
Daisy has been widowed for two years. She has a young son who has inherited his father’s title. She has to marry within a year in order to keep her inheritance. To escape London and the pressure, she moves her family to the Highlands to see the hunting lodge left to her son. Quickly she meets her hunky neighbour Cailean.
What works well in this book is the relationship between Daisy and Cailean. I was surprised at first with how Daisy literally threw herself at Cailean. But then, he was so deliciously described that I couldn’t blame her. In some respects, it was interesting to read about a woman in a historical novel who was so confident with her wants and needs.
What I found challenging about this book was the family dynamics. Daisy’s family took up a lot of pages and conversations. I found myself reading through those parts as quickly as possible so I could get back to the scenes with her and Cailean.
The second half of the book gets very interesting. A nemesis of Cailean’s and a former flame of Daisy’s shows up and causes some great complications. This made up for the slow start with the family dynamics. As Daisy’s unmarried state pushes more complications into her life, the story moves quickly and with exciting scenes.
I totally adored Cailean in this book. There is no way I would be moving back to London if I had him as a neighbour. As his character was slowly revealed, he just became better to read about. It certainly didn’t help that he was definitely an alpha male and when pushed to his limits by Daisy’s flirting, the results were toe curling.
This is a quick read. It starts a little slow, but once the plot starts to develop the story becomes really interesting and engaging.