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Bedding the Highlander

Bedding the Highlander by Sabrina York

bedding the highlander

Overview by Publisher:

Only a Scot can steal her heart.
There’s nothing ladylike about Katherine Killin. She’s a spitfire who cannot be tamed. To rid himself of her, and to honor a truce set by the Duke of Glencoe, her father agrees to wed her to his clan’s mortal enemy, Ben Rannoch. But when Katherine meets the enticingly masculine Kirk Rannoch, brother of her betrothed, she suddenly craves domination.

There is a lot to love in this short book!  Sabrina York is a great author and she writes about Scotland really well!

The story is about mistaken identity and some feminine wiles used to secure a particular result.  Katherine has been given away as a bride to settle a Highland feud.  While she is not sad to leave her horrible clan and father, she doesn’t want to be wed to the enemy.

She inadvertently runs into her intended’s brother.  Concealing her identity from him, she doesn’t hide her attraction.  Either does Kirk.  Sabrina York uses the natural beauty of Scotland to give the lovers-to-be a lush and beautiful landscape to explore each other.

This book has a little bit of everything that makes historical Scottish fiction worth reading.  There are clan feuds, long lost family members, sword fights and family  dynamics.  While this is a short book, there is a lot woven together in a great story!

Lana and the Laird

Lana and the Laird by Sabrina York

lana and the laird

Overview by Publisher:

Lachlan Sinclair cannot escape his accursed heritage in his Highlands homeland. Somewhat resigned to the fate that destroyed his ancestors, he is prepared to live his life without an heir, without a wife—without love. But when he meets the woman of his dreams in the flesh, the bewitching lass makes him want to throw away his cursed, restrained existence…and unleash the highlander within…

Lana Dounreay has only seen the Duke of Caithness in her dreams as a wild, rugged man, while in reality, his life has been cramped by curses and cravats. He may have forgone his kilt and lost his brogue, but Lana knows that the heart of a true Scotsman beats within his broad, muscular chest. But what plans does the mysterious, passionate Lachlan have in mind for her—and can she convince him that love is stronger than all else?

I love this series!  It started with Hannah and the Highlander and continued with Susana and the Scot.  Finally, Lana the third sister gets her story told.  You know that you have really enjoyed a series when you want to go back and re-read the other stories so that you can absorb the subtle facts and plot again.

Lana is the sister of Hannah and Susana.  She has a gift that many would see as a curse.  She can speak with and see the dead.  I don’t know why, but her gentleness and views reminded me somewhat of Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.  Lana is a lot more sexy than Luna, but I loved her self-possession and outlook on life.

Lana has been having dreams for years of the men who have come into their lives.  First, Hannah’s husband Alexander, then Andrew who was meant for Susana and finally a braw Scottish man.  He is a mystery to her, except she knows their fates are intertwined and he is important to her.

Lachlan is a Scottish duke who has been living in London all his life.  Orphaned at a young age, his cousin has raised him and kept him from Scotland where he is overlord of many barons.  Lachlan is a Sinclair and that means he has inherited the curse on his family.  All male heirs die at the age of 30.  Lachlan doesn’t have much longer and he is being haunted by his father to return to Caithness and rebuild the crumbling castle.  While London is all that he has known, he leaves the inhospitable drawing rooms for the moors of Scotland.  While Lachlan is a duke – the holy grail for matchmaking mamas – a Scot is not.  I remember when I read Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught and the character Ian reveals he is half Scottish and Elizabeth is horrified.  The deep prejudice against the Scottish is a realistic element added to the plot.

Another historical aspect is the clearances in the Highlands.  Lachlan approves of the clearances and orders his barons to begin.  I loved how the author showed Lachlan to be an honourable and conscientious lord by having him examine the impact of the clearances.

The love story between Lachlan and Lana was wonderful.  It was like fate pushed the two of them together – as they had both been dreaming about each other for years.  But Lachlan fears for his future as he is soon to turn thirty.  He can’t commit to a life with Lana when he is so uncertain about his own.  This dialed up the passion between the two.  Lana was absolutely certain that Lachlan was for her that she embarks on a siege of seduction that Lachlan can’t withstand!

Lachlan’s family history comes into play and dangerous plots are afoot.  It wouldn’t be a Scottish story without some murder and mayhem!  Blood thirsty Isobel stole the show – as she should at only five years old!

I loved this series and if you are in the mood to spend time with some sexy Scots – this is a series you must pick up!

Susana and The Scot

Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York

susana and the scot


Overview by Netgalley:


Scotland, 1813.

Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he’s ever met…

With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option…


The first book in this series, Hannah and the Highlander, was such a pleasant surprise!  I loved every minute of reading that book, so of course I had to snatch up the next book when I saw it on Netgalley.


This time, the story revolves around the home that Hannah left behind and her sister, Susana who is guarding the keep.  Susana was a great character! She is feisty and quick witted.  I loved that she would shoot her would-be-suitors in the arse to keep them away!  Her daughter Isobel was such a treasure.  Many question if Isobel is really only five years old and I had the exact same thoughts! I loved the pair that the two made.


Andrew has come to secure the keep and provide additional forces.  From the start it is a battle of wits and control between Andrew and Susana.  But it is about more than the protection of the keep.  In a past life these two knew each other and the story revolves around them finding their way back to each other.


So why will you like this book?  Why should you invest time in this series?  Well, there is a very hot Scot who has a wicked sense of humour and a great smile to charm with.  Second, I am such a sucker for the reunited lovers trope.  Sabrina York does a great job in keeping the reader on the edge of their seat to see who will capitulate first and it’s delicious when they do!  Finally, this book is more than just a book about Scotland, or keeps or danger.  It has all of those things, but the underlying themes of forgiveness, family and redemption are so finely developed.  I love a story where the undertones and themes breathe life into the characters and make them multi-dimensional.


If you are a fan of Scottish historical romances, then add this book, along with Hannah and the Highlander to your list!  ASAP!

Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week features a different theme that can be applied to whatever genre of books you like to read.  This week the theme is the best books of 2015!  What a fun topic – and really hard!  I have read so many books this year and it has been hard to whittle the list down to ten (so there may be more!)  What is the best book you have read this year?

Hero by Samantha Young


I loved this book!  It is on my all time top ten list!  The characters are fantastic, the sex is off the charts and the plot is wonderful!  I can’t say enough positive things about this book and how emotional it made me!

The Striker by Monica McCarty

the striker

I have been in love with the Highland Guard since I picked up The Chief years ago!  This book was fantastic!  I adore Monica McCarty’s writing and the intense research she does for each book!  I highly recommend this series!

The Inevitable Series by Janet Nissenson


I found this series this year and the WHOLE series kicks ass!  Sexy, smart and emotional the series has it all!  Janet Nissenson is a fantastic author and I can’t wait to read more from her!

Must Love Chainmail by Angela Quarles

must love chainmail

No one writes time travel as well as Angela Quarles!  Her first book, Must Love Breeches was amazing and the follow up was just as great!  She is hard at work on Must Love Kilts, which will be a MUST read for me!

A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill 

a stolen season

Having a blog has introduced me to sub genres of romance books and one that I have really embraced is time travel.  This book by Tamara Gill has haunted me since I first read it!  It is just so good!  A mash up of historical/contemporary and time travel romance it has something for everyone!

Manwhore by Katy Evans


This was a really great contemporary romance that has shades of Crossfire and FSOG.  Smart and sexy business man falls for the ingenue!  SEXY and hot!  Great story and really well written!

Chasing Fire Series by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K Rogers

release me

This series was fantastic!  Reunited young lovers, boardroom drama and off the charts sex!  That is not all however, the author have crafted wonderful characters and great plot!

Beauty From Pain series by Georgia Cates

beauty bundle

This is one of the only books on this list that was not published in 2015, but I discovered this author through the Sin Trilogy.  I LOVED this series and tore through the books!  It’s similar to Crossfire, but honestly, it’s better!!  Lots of sex, a hot Aussie and a singing angel!

Forbidden:  Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith

forbidden british stepbrother

Lauren Smith is outrageously talented!  Lawyer by day, author by night, she is fearless!  Lauren writes contemporary romance, historical romance, gothic novels and more!  While I have never really been interested in the stepbrother/sister genre, I couldn’t turn down an Lauren book.  I am SO glad I didn’t!  I have read the first two books in this series and I am DYING for the last one!  I need to know what happens!  Really, really great series and I highly recommend!

Sex, Love and Stiletto Series by Lauren Layne

the trouble with love

I found this author on Netgalley through her latest series, Oxford Novels, but I quickly consumed her backlist!  This series features sexy young professional ladies and the men they end up with!  What I love most about these books is that they are humorous, sexy and really well written!  Great male characters that make you think differently about office romances!

The Rogue You Know by Shana Galen

the rogue you know

I actually loved both books in the Covent Gardens series, but this one was based on my favourite Disney movie, so any chance to share it!  The story parallels the awesome movie Tangled, so you know you are getting a story with a strong female lead and a naughty gent!  Wonderful and consistent storytelling is Shana Galen’s strength!

Finding Fraser by kc dyer

finding fraser

I know this isn’t the typical book I review here, but this book was just amazing!  The whole time I read it, I just kept thinking – why didn’t I think of this concept??  The heroine ditches her life to head to Scotland to find her own Jamie Fraser.  Ummm….YES!  Hilarious, sweet and sometimes sad, this book is like a Bridget Jones diary, a dash of Julie and Julia and of course, Outlander!  If you are a fan of the book or the series, than you need to read this book!

Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

hannah and the highlander

I just got the next book in this series and I am so excited to read it over the holidays!  Sexy highlander, a strong lass and a passion that burns!  If you are a fan of kilts, then this is a great book to read!

Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeanette Grey

seven nights to surrender

This is a great book!  It’s not YA, but they are young characters.  It is set in the most romantic city in the world, Paris.  But what happens in Paris, doesn’t stay in Paris.  Seven nights and days spent in the city turn the characters lives upside down.  I loved going along on this whirlwind adventure!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme that can be applied to whatever genre of books you like to read.

I have missed the past couple of weeks, so I figured I had better get on it!  This week the theme is the top ten debut novels I am looking forward to in 2016.  This is a really hard one as I don’t really know who has debut novels coming out until they are either up on Netgalley, the publisher contacts me or the author generates buzz.  So I am going to post the top ten books I am REALLY looking forward to!

Enchantment of a Highlander by Madeline Martin

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Alec MacLean returns home after a decade to find his recently deceased father has let his inheritance fall to ruin. As the new laird, it’s Alec’s responsibility to rebuild the castle and restore the lands. He must also regain the people’s trust after having abandoned them so long ago, a feat not easily done when he fears he’s plagued with the same darkness as his father.

Celia escaped the North Berwick witch trials at a young age, surviving because of the sacrifice of her beloved caretaker. She’s made a life for herself in the wilds of Scotland where no laird rules, a life where she heals for coin, a life without love so she can never feel the hurt of loss again.

When the new laird comes back to claim his land, his determination to restore order threatens everything Celia has worked so hard to gain, especially with the undeniable attraction sizzling between them. Together, they will face all challenges, from the tangle of their own damaged pasts to the fire-fueled witch hunts sweeping the Isle of Mull. Together, they will find that the best way to overcome darkness and war is through the undeniable light of love.

One With You by Sylvia Day

one with you

Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably.

Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

We have bared our deepest, ugliest secrets to one another. Gideon is the mirror that reflects all my flaws … and all the beauty I couldn’t see. He has given me everything. Now, I must prove I can be the rock, the shelter for him that he is for me. Together, we could stand against those who work so viciously to come between us.

But our greatest battle may lie within the very vows that give us strength. Committing to love was only the beginning. Fighting for it will either set us free … or break us apart.

Must Love Kilts by Angela Quarles

No image yet and the author is hard at work on this book!  I have adored her other books, Must Love Breeches and Must Love Chainmail.  I can’t wait to read about a time travelling lady going to the Highlands!  Her books are excellent and you really need to read them!

I Kissed a Rogue by Shana Galen

i kissed a rogue

Once she spurned the man…
When the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, England’s best investigator, to find his daughter, Brook intends only to rescue the lady and return to his solitary life. He deals with London’s roughest criminals every day of the week; surely he should be able to endure seeing his first love again-the perfect girl who broke his heart…

Now her life depends on him
Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox has always done her best to live up to her father’s standards of perfection-at the cost of following her heart. When she’s kidnapped and her perfect life is shattered, Lila has another chance. Together, Lila and Brook navigate not only the dark and deadly side of London, but the chasm of pride and prejudice that divides them.

Forbidden:  Her British Stepbrother by Lauren Smith

forbidden british stepbrother


Kat has always been a good girl. She studies hard and never stays out too late. But when sitting in a pub on her birthday, she realizes she’s a nineteen-year-old virgin who’s never really lived. And she wants tonight to be the night that changes.

Then she sees him walk in. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and straight out of her deepest fantasies. His voice makes her knees feel weak, and when he smiles, she imagines him doing wicked things to her in bed. From the look in his eyes, she knows he’s imagining it too. So when he asks if he can walk her home, she hears herself whisper yes . . .

The Ghost:  Highland Guard by Monica McCarty

the ghost

Joan Comyn swore allegiance to Robert the Bruce the day she witnessed England’s barbarous king torturing her famous mother, Scot patriot Bella MacDuff. Now the mysterious beauty slips into men’s hearts like a specter and entices England’s most illustrious barons to unwittingly divulge their secrets, then shares them with her king. Known only as the Ghost even among her Highland Guard brethren, Joan has become the most wanted traitor in England.

The man determined to uncover her identity poses her biggest threat yet. Alex Seton once stood with Bruce but now fights for the enemy. Though Joan knows she must avoid the handsome warrior or risk discovery, his knightly chivalry touches a place in her long since buried. When his suspicions grow apparent, Joan realizes she must do everything in her power to stop Alex from revealing her mission and convince the powerful fighter to join forces with the Highland Guard once more. But as the ultimate battle in the great war approaches, will Alex choose love or honor?

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

to have and to hold

Discovering her fiancé is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

the hunter

A scandalous proposal…

Christopher Argent lives in the shadows as the empire’s most elite assassin. Emotion is something he tossed away years ago, making him one of the most clear-eyed, cold-hearted, wealthiest, and therefore untouchable men in London. But when his latest target turns out to be London’s own darling, Millicent LeCour, Christopher’s whole world is turned upside down. Overwhelmed by her stunning combination of seduction and innocence, Christopher cannot complete the mission. She has made him feel again. Now, he will do anything to save her life, even if it means risking his own…

A perilous passion…

When Millie learns what Christopher was hired to do, she is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this notorious hunter’s arms may be her only path to safety–even if doing so could be the deadliest mistake she’s ever made. But how can she resist him? As the heat between her and Christopher burns out of control, danger lurks in the shadows. Is their desire worth the risk? Only the enemy knows what fate has in store…

The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan

the art of taming a rake

Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.

Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to tame, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife’s fragile trust . . . while defending both their lives.

Susana and the Scot by Sabrina York

susana and the scot

Scotland, 1813.

Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time in planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses-an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the hinterlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits-especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he’s ever met…

With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not some innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option…

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

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A ruthless tycoon  Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty  Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with . . .  Marrying Winterborne

My Tempting Highlander by Maeve Greyson

my tempting highlander

Cursed to live forever with neither wife nor child, Ronan Sutherland has watched all he cherishes turn to dust—more than once. For hundreds of years, he’s been trapped behind the mists of Loch Ness, hoping to identify the one woman who is prophesied to break the spell. Now, at last, the fates have aligned, and he’s being sent into the future to fetch her. After a single glimpse, Ronan knows he’s been waiting all his life for this passionate woman.

Unlike her time-traveling sisters, Mairi Sinclair is perfectly content to remain in the present. As a hospital nurse in Edinburgh, she cherishes the opportunity to put her gift of healing powers to good use. But everything changes the morning a mysterious wolf darts in front of her car. Touching the wounded creature’s tawny coat, a tingle surges through her. Yet when she returns with aid, Mairi is shocked to find instead a man with broad shoulders and fire in his eyes—a man who tempts her to unleash the animal within.

I am also anticipating books from Janet Nissenson, Samantha Young, Vonnie Davis and more!  What books are you looking forward to?

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto Buy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.  The idea is that there is a different theme each week that can be applied to whatever genre of books you enjoy reading.

This week’s theme is which authors are on your auto buy list.  Last week the topic was authors that I have read the most from.  Check it out here.  Obviously, those authors are on my must buy list, but after starting this blog I have found so many new authors.  So I thought this week, I would highlight authors that I have gotten to know over the past year that have fast become favourites.  You should check out these authors – some may be familiar and some may be new, but they are all great!

1.  Lauren Smith

lauren smith

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2.  Madeline Martin

madeline martin

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3.  Christi Caldwell

christi caldwell

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4.  Elizabeth Cole

elizabeth cole

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5.  Angela Quarles

angela quarles

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6.  Julie Johnstone

julie johnstone

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7.  Kelly Bowen

kelly bowen

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8.  Katy Evans

katy evans

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9.  Samantha Young

samantha young

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10.  Sabrina York

sabrina york

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Hannah and the Highlander

Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

hannah and the highlander

Overview by Amazon:

Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family’s land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah’s hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can’t afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What’s more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he’s the only man for her-body and soul…in Hannah and the Highlander.

I loved this book!  Hannah was such a great character and I adored the plot, setting, passion and politics.  The book opens with the reality of the day.  In the Highlands, the Clearances have been happening at an alarming rate.  I think what I really liked about this element in the book was that in most Regency novels I have read, this topic is never covered.  I think back to one of my favourite books, Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught and the characters head to Scotland for a week away, but there is no mention of the unrest.  The book highlights how the English make decrees in London, but turn a blind eye to the reality of the situation.  I really like when a book teaches me historical facts that I had not known or understood.

Hannah is feisty and strong.  She has run Reay for her family for years.  She manages everything from the laundry, to the correspondence and even the menus.  She expects to be a partner in whatever marriage she accepts.  Her current suitors are not exactly stellar.  Olrig is a gross pig and Neill tries to rape her.  She is saved by Alexander, Baron of Dunnet.  Their first meeting is a memorable one.  Hannah kisses him and is mortified when he walks away, but to Alexander, he is entranced with her.  So he offers for her.

With their marriage, the story really gets going.  Hannah has to control everything and it is very hard for her to accept the status quo.  I really loved Alexander.  Not only is he a hot Highlander, he has huge integrity and pride.  What was so awesome about Alexander is the past he has overcome.  Alexander leaves notes for Hannah every morning on her pillow.  She finds them irritating at first, until she comes to understand how hard words are for him.  Alexander stutters and he feels so much anxiety and excitement when he is near Hannah that he just knows he will stumble over his words.  I loved that the author makes the character’s flaw his strength.

The secondary characters are fantastic in this book!  Hannah has two other sisters and they will be getting a book of their own.  Alexander’s brother is the flirty, fun one and his kissing contest had me laughing out loud.  The Duke of Caithness was such an interesting character and he created a lot of conflict that moved the plot forward.  I can’t wait for Lana’s story because I am sure that the Duke will be a big part of it!

Overall, this book was just awesome!  Adventure, really steamy bedroom scenes and politics make this book a must read!