Take one virginal yet spunky heroine and one verra verra sexy protective Highland Laird and you get this book.
Rosalia is running away from an abusive family and the arranged marriage they expect her to accept. The man she is supposed to marry is one despicable scum… and I am editing.. he basically tells her it will be an open marriage as long as she gives him a heir and that it won’t be so bad bedding her even if she is a bit larger than he would like. She decides to chop her hair and run away but succumbs to pain sooner than she would have liked. She gets lucky in that a man who caught her eye last time her family was at King James’ court happens upon her with his men. She doesn’t want to need anyone to get her to her dad’s family in the Highlands but the man won’t take no for an answer and proceeds to protect her all the way back to his home. I have to say I liked her a lot and was proud of her spunk, wit and strength of will.
Ciaran.. he’s a verra verra sexy piece on man-meat in a kilt. He is a lusty man but so honorable that as much as he wants his lass he cannot keep her due to a vow he made to his father. He spends time with Rosalia where they get to truly know one another while the chemistry between them burns brighter and brighter. He does some traditional stupid male stuff but he really wants to do right by everyone even at thesacrifice of giving her up. There is a lot of bickering between him and his siblings but you see the true love that is behind all the fighting.
I only had one true complaint with this and that was the usage of the Gaelic language which at times did not have translation. I did figure it out since the same phrases were used repeatedly but… it would have been nice to have a glossary.
Other than that if you want a book with a fair amount of heat but no sex… a bit of fighting… some death… and a bit of outside tension…. this is a nice read for all the above.
Special thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley.com for the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review. I will have to pick up more by this author.
Temptation in a Kilt – Victoria Roberts – 3 Stars