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(The Scottish Brides #1)

Genre: Regency Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

An Indecent Proposal!

Lady Lucy MacMorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn’t mean she won’t agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother’s friends – letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. That is, until she deliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Robert, Marquis of Methven.

Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitter enemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy’s letters have cost him the bride he needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands. Now he makes Lucy a shocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife and provide him with the heir he needs. It is an inconvenient marriage of convenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight against the power of love?

Scottish Brides – Where Regency elegance meets Highland passion!

★✩★✩★✩★✩★


Golden Isle

I loved this captivating romance!

Set against a backdrop of the wild Scottish highlands, THE LADY AND THE LAIRD is a story of secrets, honour , trust, romance, passion and old enmities.

Who can resist a rugged Scottish Highlander hero? Not me! So I could not help but fall for Robert (he may wear trousers rather than a kilt but he’s still a hottie!). He is proud, honourable, honest, determined, protective and loyal and the safety of his clan and his lands means everything to him. But he is haunted by shadows of the past…his brother’s death; the quarrel and estrangement from his grandfather; his determination to prove himself in the wilds of Canada; his sense of guilt over not returning to claim his inheritance and neglecting his estate; allowing Wilfred Cardross to plunder his lands and people. He bottles all these emotions up and refuses to talk about them which causes some discord between Lucy and himself. I love how patient and understanding he is of Lucy’s fears and how he is willing to take things slowly…to gain her trust and allay her fears. A simply perfect hero!

Lucy is also haunted by the past. The terrible memories of her twin sister Alice’s death have left her emotionally scarred. Like Robert she has kept all these memories locked away but, in doing so, she has developed an overwhelming fear of love and marriage and all it entails. So she has followed more intellectual pursuits, becoming a member of the Highland Ladies Bluestocking Society (these pillars of society were certainly fond of rather risqué activities!)

I like how Ms Cornick sets up a connection between the 19 year old Robert and the 16 year old Lucy in the Prologue when they talk and share a kiss. Although they have both changed when they meet again 8 years later, the memories they share make the renewed attraction believable. I enjoyed how the romance develops slowly allowing for some delightful banter, a deliciously erotic poetry recitation, a memorable massage, some luscious love scenes and a tender but sensual consummation scene.

There is an interesting cast of secondary characters:

Lady Mairi MacLeod– Lucy’s beautiful, widowed sister… an extrovert and a flirt

Lady Christina MacMorlan – the oldest sister…firmly on the shelf…companion to their father, housekeeper and hostess

Jack Rutherford – Robert’s cousin…a ruthless self-made man…an accomplished rake

Wilfred, Earl of Cardross – resembles an over-stuffed turkey…cunning…greedy…all-out-villain

I did like Jack. He provides some funny moments and there is also a hint of some tension between him and Mairi. So I’m looking forward to reading their story in the next book ONE NIGHT WITH A LAIRD coming in November.

The plot had enough intrigue and action to keep my interest…kidnapping, spying, betrayal, a sword-wielding heroine and a thorough routing of the villain and his cohorts. There is one point towards the end where I would gleefully have hung that worm Wilfred Cardross by his b???s from the nearest tree for what he did to Lucy.

I admit I love a good Epilogue and THE LADY AND THE LAIRD has such a charming one.

A captivating love story, great characters with a sigh-worthy Highland hero and brave but vulnerable heroine, beautiful setting, intriguing plot, excellent writing, sensual love scenes, and a superb ending – what more could I ask for!

REVIEW RATING: 5/5 stars

SENSUALITY RATING : HOT

Read August 2013

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