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 and 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.
Daisy is heading to Scotland to get a bit breathing space from her suffocating london life, she has got a deadline hanging over her head that could be disastrous for both her and her son. Her late husband drew up a legal document that states Daisy must marry within three years or her son will lose his birth right, and to make sure that she obliges his last wishes, her late husband has got a bishop in to work as a match maker for her. But Daisy has only one person in her mind tat she wants to marry – her childhood sweetheart; Robert Spivey, Captain in the Royal Navy. So she does the only thing she can, she flees london and waits for her long-lost love to turn up.
As Daisy and her little group are making their way north they have an accident, while she is waiting to get moving again they have drawn the attention of a gang of rugged highlanders. Daisy is immediately drawn to their leader – a big and brawny, blue-eyed Scot, what Daisy doesn’t know is that the ruggedly handsome Highlander that tried to help her is actually the broody and cynical Cailean Mackenzie; Laird of Arrandale.
Cailean is highly suspicious of the bonny English woman who has arrived in his Highlands, especially when he get’s wind that the beautiful Daisy’s sweetheart is non other than the Navy Captain that is trying to bring down Cailean and his smuggling ring. Is Daisy in Scotland to spy on the Mackenzie’s and help Captain Spivey capture Cailean?
Cailean is at first very suspicious of Daisy and I can really understand his apprehensiveness of her sudden appearance in Scotland, she is English and it is a time of social unrest between Scotland and England they is a lot of tension and fear. And there is the fact that the man she has decided to marry – her long-lost sweetheart – is Cailean’s clan’s enemy. He is afraid that she is going to cause him and his family trouble and afraid that now she and the Captain are around that someone is going to be seriously hurt or worse. Cailean is an amazing character, smuggling Laird, who is fiercely protective and independent. He is a real cynic, no matter how much he trie’s to see the good in people, you just know that deep down he still doubts.
Daisy is a rather naive and confused young woman – no matter how experienced and exotic she act’s. She has got a lot on her shoulder’s; she has got the dreaded legally binding last will and testament from her late husband, stating she has to marry or her son, Ellis will lose everything. A matchmaking bishop to contend with, a run down highland house to repair, a son to raise. And now a handsome Highlander has appeared and turned her head. No wonder she is confused!
She is all appearances our Daisy, she tries to show that she is a strong, independent woman who is in charge of her own life, but yet, for me she doesn’t quite achieve it. To me she comes across as vulnerable and bullied young woman – she is a sweet and very loving character and I do like her immensly, but I think she only really shines when she is with Cailean. He has a way of bringing her and Ellis out of their shells.
“Daisy?” he said and took a cautious step forward.
“Cailean.” Her voice shook when she said it, and so did she. She suddenly broke into a run.
Whatever Cailean was holding shattered on the floor when she leaped for him. He caught her in his arms, his mouth landing on hers as he twirled her around. “ Are you barmy?” he asked, roughly pushing loose tresses of hair from her face. “What are you doing here?”
“In the Highlands, if you want something, you reach for it.”
“Mi Diah,” he muttered, and kissed her again….
Daisy and Cailean are a such a lovely couple, they are like two peas in a pod and there is times when you wish someone would bang their heads together and see what is in front of them. whereas Robert Spivay is a very old school villain, he is slippery and a bit too smarmy for my liking. He is one of those kind of villains that can be all sweetness and nice in a very malicious way, he definitely has a way of making your skin prickle. Spivay has a grudge against Cailean. He thinks Cailean and all highlanders are braggarts. Untrustworthy. Thief’s, liars and cheats, he see’s our Cailean as the worst sort, handsome, intelligent and titled, that in Spivey’s book is a terrible combination add that to the fact that Cailean is a notorious smuggler and all Spivey wants to do is make an example of our rugged Laird.
This is a proper Historical Romance, the plot is engaging the characters are – as we have come to expect from Julia – loving, fun and likable. They stick with you long after the last page. This is beautifully written, sexy and atmospheric and highly recommended and a series that I am looking forward to seeing where it is going to go and especially looking foward to seeing what Ms London does with Cailean’s brother; the cocky and piratical Rabbie Mackenzie.
The Sinful Scottish Laird is book 2 in the Highland Grooms Series and is released on 28th February 2017 buying link’s below
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This was an ARC copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.