TO KISS A KILTED WARRIOR, Except, Of Course, He Wasn’t




To Kiss A Kilted Warrior coverA Claimed By the Highlander Novel
Rowan Keats
Mass Market Paperback | 368 Pages | 2 Dec 2014

E-Galley provided by publisher. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

In the Highlands of Scotland, love and passion rage as fiercely as the storms that sweep the land—and nothing comes between a clan and its laird, a lass and her kin, or man and his chosen woman…

Shunned by her village, weaver Morag Cameron lives a solitary existence in the woods—until the night she finds a sorely wounded Highlander by the loch. Under her care, the handsome warrior slowly recovers his strength, but his memories have disappeared. Morag is torn. For if she helps him regain his past, she may sacrifice a life with the man she has come to love…

Wulf MacCurran wants nothing more than to claim Morag as his own, but his past holds too many dangerous secrets—secrets that put them both in mortal danger. He must discover who attacked him and left him for dead. Traveling to Edinburgh, Wulf and Morag find themselves swept into a mystery with the power to determine the fate of their passions—and change Scotland forever…


My Take Oblong


I am sorry it took me so long to get to this book.  And, maybe it was my picky side which, knowing from the first book in the series, WHEN A LAIRD TAKES A LADY(review), that it takes place in the 13th century before the probable existence of kilts1.  Probably, the title “To Kiss a Warrior Wearing a Leine” wouldn’t sell many books.  The “leine” was what men wore before they had kilts and was a kind of tunic, usually worn with a brat which could be a short cape or cloth fastened with a brooch.2

My recent post about my being over the Highland mystique  was prompted by exactly this kind of inaccuracy.  Fortunately the author doesn’t carry the inaccuracy in kilts through to the body of the story.  The rest doesn’t seem particularly inaccurate, and the insertion of actual royal history was interesting.  

I knew the story has a paranormal element and, to me it was minor enough to feel superfluous. When something like this is done, it feels like an attempt to garner additional marketshare. 

I found several aspects of the book, including the quest the couple goes on were contrived. And, I found Morag’s behavior after the kind of trouble her liaisons got her into previously shows remarkably bad judgment.

In short, I just couldn’t get into this story after being offput by the title and then the contrived nature of the plot elements.  Wulf is an honorable man, but his amnesia and honor make him a reluctant lover and put Morag in the position of seducer. Her persistent behavior in the light of her past problems was troubling given that the writer originally offers her initial punishment as unjust, yet given the laws of the time, her behavior with Wulf casts her into a different light.  It just didn’t do it for me and I more or less had to force my way to  the sky ending with a little cliff hanger.

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