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Sinful Scottish Laird

Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

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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.

 

Wild Wicked Scot

Wild Wicked Scot (The Highland Grooms) by Julia London

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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!