Sinful Scottish Laird
By Julia London
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Reviewed by: PJ
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.
I've always enjoyed Julia London's books but I take special delight in those set in the highlands of Scotland. London has a knack for capturing the rugged beauty of the land as well as the determination and fierce loyalty of her people. In Sinful Scottish Laird, she returns to the highlands with a story that combines humor, passion, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in an enjoyable read that never lags.
London's characters are well developed and multi-layered with internal conflict that guides their actions and rings true, especially in the case of Daisy and Cailean. I cheered for them from beginning to end. But as much as I enjoyed the evolving relationship between the two leads, I was equally touched by the heartwarming relationship between Cailean and Daisy's son, Ellis. Cailean was born to be both a loving husband and father but a fickle woman had broken his heart and sent him on a different path. Will Daisy and her young son show him a different way or will his involvement with them bring danger to Cailean and his entire family? Daisy's parents' insistence that she marry the man of their choosing caused her to lose her first love. Now that she's a free woman and that lost love is on his way to her will he still be the perfect man of her youthful memories or does he have a hidden agenda? Will her heart rejoice at his return or yearn for a stubborn Scot? Or, considering her precarious situation thanks to her late husband's will, will the choice even be hers to make?
London rounds out this enjoyable story with an intriguing cast of secondary characters who add humor, intrigue, and conflict to the story. I'm looking forward to seeing some of them again in future books.
If you enjoy highland historicals with vibrant characters, intrigue, witty banter, and heartfelt romance then I recommend you give Sinful Scottish Laird a try. It's the second book in a series but stands well on its own. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Julia London is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the popular Secrets of Hadley Green historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters historical romance series, and the Homecoming Ranch contemporary romance series. She is a six time finalist for the presitigous RITA Award for excellence in romantic fiction, and RT Bookclub award recipient for Best Historical Romance for Dangerous Gentleman. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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