TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD
by Lynsay Sands
June 24, 2014
E-Book and Paperback 384 pages, Audio (10:02) Narrated by Keiran Elliot
Book and E-Galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet! Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn’t count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan . . . with the most sinful of curves. Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved . . . until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prove her disguise hasn’t fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding . . . and lead to a love she’s never known? Avon Romance
It’s hard to imagine a young woman with the above described curves would be thought a boy by anyone who wasn’t myopic but it seems that’s the premise until that glimpse of the woman bathing fools him. Let’s call it a literary device. At least he saves her from the bandits without question, showing how noble he is.
WE know they’re going to get together, and I had some feeling about the content of the scroll Jo/Joan was carrying up to Scotland, but the couple doesn’t really have an inkling they’ll be staying together past this little trip. But it is an interestng journey, filled with more time kissing than not him knowing she is a woman. In other words, her disguise is short lived.
It’s all very romantic, but a little slick on the acceptance side of the big secret when it is revealed. And, I thought the mystery was a little obvious; there were no surprises for me. But, it’s no more obvious or quick on accepting the big changes than any lighter historical romance. Not that this is light — people do die in the tale. But it is entertainment. not a true sketch of life, mores or the history of the time. Aye?
It’s a sexy, somewhat gritty, very steamy romance novel. If I were trying to categorize it I would say it’s more of an adventure-romance-comedy than a dramatic-thriller. The sexy times are pretty vanilla, but Lynsay doesn’t (that I have noted) write BDSM. Having read four of Lynsay’s historicals now, I enjoy them but I also feel Sands’ strength is in her paranormal serries.
There is one issue around consent that concerned me and which still does. But, I can’t imagine Lynsay being glib about consent since I have read a lot of her books and I haven’t been concerned before. Unfortunately, revealing it would be a major spoiler. So, if you do read it, I would love to know if you feel weird about it, should it cross your radar.
The characters, excluding the two villainous individuals, are likeable and mostly as expected. One of the villains is actually rather nice too. There are no guys who are Highland Hotheads , Just Highland Hotties. Do you prefer Highland stories where someone is always reaching for their dirk or sword, or do you like it when the dangerous element is less violent?
And, you’ll want the couple to get together, stay together and vanquish their foes — I know I wanted them to figure it out so they could get on to more loving scenes. I found the family involvement heartwarming. And there’s a pretty big cast of characters (brothers, a sister, friends) that could give this series legs.
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1. What do you think is under the kilt?
2. Do you think you’d be fooled by the woman on the cover dressing as a boy?
3. Do you like action and battles in your Romance novels or do you like the less dangerous stories?
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