I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Sinful Scottish Lairdby Julia London
Series: Highland Grooms #1
Published by HQN Books on March 1st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance, Scottish
Source: ARC, Blog Tour, Publisher
Purchase: Amazon |B&N
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge
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.
Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London is deliciously sinful reading. A somewhat forbidden romance that brings the hot highlander and an equally hot English Lady together during a time in history (1742) where Scotland and England were at odds and the Jacobites were slowly uprising.
She’s a widow with an ultimatum…
Seriously, Daisy’s ex husband was a jerk. The main issue here is that he couldn’t trust her enough not to spend his son’s inheritance. Not only that, but she also had to find a new husband within 3 years or forfeit the inheritance altogether. So poor Daisy, hies off to Scotland to take a break from Society and look in on her son’s estate and await the return of her long lost love.
It’s here that Daisy’s character makes itself known. She’s not demure, nor shy. In fact she’s more bold than most historical romance heroines. However, it’s not brash, nor vulgar. She’s flirtatious but not a ninny. It’s kind of cute.
She’s a heroine that didn’t play mind games, she knew what she wanted and went after it. Case in point: Cailean. His view of her, well…how should I put it? Was unexpected for him?
‘She looked delicate. Fragile. Completely unprepared for a man like him. An appearance that belied the things that came out of her mouth. What sort of highborn lady flirted so blatantly with a stranger?’
Daisy falls for Cailean: HARD. She definitely wants him and let’s him know it too. Their chemistry was high on the sizzle meter for sure.
It’s the back and forth flirtations, hard to get (on Cailean’s part) antics and the added turmoil in Scotland–which gave it almost a star-crossed lovers feel to it, that make this a stellar read. At times it could be slow going, but it would pick up a little afterwards. And it’s their interactions like this that make it worthwhile.
This was a new-to-me author and I definitely like the way she told the story. Words flowed nicely and the dialogue was fun to read. I wouldn’t mind reading more from this author and this series.
A little note…
- This can be read as a standalone ( I did not read book #1 and it didn’t feel out of place for me.)
- There are hot steamy love scenes in this story.
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