The Master Of Strathburn
A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.
Robert Grant has returned home to Lochrose Castle in the Highlands to reconcile with his long-estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. But there is a price on Robert’s head, and his avaricious younger half-brother, Simon, doesn’t want him reclaiming his birthright. And it’s not only Simon and the redcoats that threaten to destroy Robert’s plans after a flame-haired complication of the feminine kind enters the scene...
Jessie Munroe is forced to flee Lochrose Castle after the dissolute Simon Grant tries to coerce her into becoming his mistress. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious and handsome hunter, Robert, in a remote Highland glen, she throws her lot in with the stranger—even though she suspects he is a fugitive. She soon realises that this man is dangerous in an entirely different way to Simon...
Despite their searing attraction, Robert and Jessie struggle to trust each other as they both seek a place to call home. The stakes are high and only one thing is certain: Simon Grant is in pursuit of them both...
I think I may have found a new book boyfriend. Robert was a great character. He had his charm, good looks, and better yet, he had a heart. He was the kind hearted hero, the caring book boyfriend that made me wish I was in his line of sight. I loved his story of redemption and especially how his task of clearing his name was made just a bit harder because of Jessie Monroe.
His inner monologue was funny and it really brought out his sweet personality. The fact that he was shy about undressing a female (not in a sexual way) was just really cute and had me smiling at my Kindle a lot.
“He was reacting like a green unskilled youth, not a thirty-year-old man who had undressed his fair share of women.”
It’s like he even wanted the reader to believe that he is a rakehell, but he really does not come off that way.
Jessie’s character was a good fit for him. Although, she had her moments of stupidity, I think it was cute because of her apparent attraction to Robert. Just think, there would be no story if she were able to tell him the truth about her relationship (or lack thereof) with Simon.
Simon’s character was a disgusting example of a man who lets jealousy and obsession eat away at his soul. His despicable attitude made him the perfect villain and threat. His cringe worthy dialogue gave me chills and made me feel for Jessie all the more.
“I have a proposition for you, Miss Monroe. Spend the night with me and do my bidding…or I shall have you arrested by the dragoons and thrown into a cell for aiding and abetting a wanted fugitive.”
Such delusions and threats did not go unpunished, although I would have done a lot worse to him had I been the one to decide.
It’s these characters, plus a few others that made this such a fun read. The writing is well done and flowed well from page to page. I was eagerly swiping pages on my Kindle in order to find out what would happen.
“I’m not sure what you were expecting, but I want you to know, you mustn’t feel beholden to me even though we have been hand-fasted. I assure you, I will not try to take advantage of you.” He offered her a half-smile. “Well, at least not until we’re properly wed.”
*I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*