Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Edelweiss
Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn’t count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan . . . with the most sinful of curves.
Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved . . . until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prove her disguise hasn’t fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding . . . and lead to a love she’s never known?
As usual, Ms Sands writes an entertaining historical romance that is set in the Highlands of Scotland. This author’s highlander books are an auto buy for me as I have enjoyed each one. She writes them with humor, engaging family dynamics and of course a sizzling romance between the hero and heroine.
Joan, a lone woman, is walking across England toward Scotland disguised as a boy. She made a promise to her mother on her deathbed to deliver a scroll to the MacKay clan. She is attacked for her meager belongings but fights desperately until a man comes to her rescue.
Campbell Sinclair’s mother is on a mission to marry him off again, but after losing his wife during childbirth he is in no hurry so he leaves home for several weeks to fight with others. When he comes across Joan being attacked he saves her only to find himself stabbed and in need of her healing abilities. When he finds out her reasons for the trip he accompanies her, since the MacKay’s are friends of his family. They form a friendship in the beginning, however when he finds out she is a woman, their feelings begin to blossom and they become intimate and thoroughly enjoy each other. Unfortunately she knows this will never work because he is of noble birth and she is not, yet the scroll holds some interesting information that changes both their lives.
Another winner by Ms Sands, she can bring out the best in these Highland characters and I always look forward to the next adventure.
Joan is the perfect heroine, a genuinely nice person that will do anything for others, she shows this by caring for a perfect stranger when he saves her life because it is the right thing to do. She grew up very poor and does not know what she will do with her life after this mission but seems resigned to whatever her fate brings. She knows that staying with Cam is not in her future but finds she can’t stay away even after she tries. It is only after they reach their destination that she feels she can back off, and hurts Cam with her remarks.
I absolutely adore Cam, an amazing man that is sexy, honorable but not too alpha. Although they can’t keep their hands off from each he is not sure what role she will play in his life, only that he wants their relationship to continue. It is fortunate that circumstances dictated what their future will be. The two together experience some intense times during their trek and the chemistry is off the charts.
The family of two clans, Cam’s and the MacKay’s are truly a site to see. Ms Sands always writes interesting and dynamic family members into her stories. Usually each family has many siblings and the parents are together and in love, they seem to have a great relationship that usually calls for meddling and all types of antics that bring humor to the story. This book is no exception as the MacKay parents were the feature of the previous book and the siblings all seem to want to be involved in what is going on.
The pace of the book is perfect as we watch the relationship between the two develop only to have some miscommunication cause some problems, and as is true for most of Ms. Sands books, there is some danger for Joan when someone tries to kill her, but all in all an engaging story that will satisfy those that love those Highlanders.
I give To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands 4 stars!