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Passion and Plunder
A desperate Scottish lady
Lydia Farnsworth—the sole surviving heir to the Laird of Tornbury Fortress—has lost nearly everyone she loves. Now her father lies on his deathbed. And as if this isn't dire enough, he's invited men from the surrounding area to a warrior’s contest—the winner to claim Lydia as his bride.
A Scotsman dueling with his past
Alasdair McTavish, son of Craiglocky Keep's war chief, is a seasoned warrior in his own right. So when he's sent to Tornbury to train the Farnsworth soldiers, he's more than equal to the task.
A danger unseen
When a dangerous adversary makes a move against Lydia, a dastardly scheme comes to light, and Alasdair realizes only he can protect Lydia.
Passion and Plunder by Collette Cameron is a pleasant sweet read full of family drama and heartache. And I do mean a lot of heartache.
I really don’t know how much heartache a character can take. Lydia seems to have suffered through everything. Being dumped by the man she supposedly loved, the loss of her mother, her two brothers, and has an ailing father. Not to mention a sniveling useless uncle. But more on him later.
Might have seemed a bit overkill, but there’s a sense of suspense because it just seemed too coincidental that all those events took place one after another. The whole warrior’s contest to win Lydia’s hand in marriage was a good premise and I kind of wished there was more to that.
Alastair, I loved. Hands down or should I say swords down? 🙂 Kind of romantic, who has a huge crush on Lydia, and has a MAJOR secret. Reading about this secret, I was led to believe the worst with my own prejudices about the character, kind of sneaky of the author. It’s what happens later on in the story that really made me tear up. Forget about the romance between Alastair and Lydia, that little sidestory about Alastair and his “problem” really made the story for me. Well, maybe I was hasty about the romance part. There were some swoon worthy quotes from Alastair that really gave me the feels.
“Och, every part of me from me bones to the air I breathe, cries out fer ye, and even though I ken I dinna deserve ye, dinna deserve yer love, I’d forsake everythin’ from now until eternity to make ye mine. I love ye, Lydia, have fer months, passionately, wildly, and unendingly.”
“I’d not only win the contest and claim ye as my wife, but I’d plunder yer sweet body from dusk to dawn.”
Now, back to the snake in the grass uncle. It was pretty obvious about his character, there were was subterfuge, and he was all out jealous and conniving. Perfect villain. Lydia couldn’t see it right away, even with some telling signs. Thank goodness for Alastair, seriously Lydia how can you pass that hunk up? Oh wait, yes, the SECRET. Which later on comes out in the open and then causes Lydia to hem and haw. But it wouldn’t be a historical romance with that kind of drama, now would it?
Overall, this was an entertaining read. The romance was sweet, just kissing and only hints of making love. A little surprises thrown here and there, and just a smidgen of danger. This can be read as a standalone.