Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She’s counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray’s company for weeks.
Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan’s grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect…and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.
This is the first book I have read from this author and I am happy to say that I enjoyed it immensely. It is set in the Highlands of Scotland and with danger, mystery and of course a stunning romance, it will keep any historical romance reader happy.
Fagan Murray is the captain of the Laird’s guard and he protects the Sutherland Keep diligently. With no land or money in his future, he has no plans to marry or have a family soon. When Ruairi gets married to an English woman, Fagan is dismayed to find her sisters are visiting for an extended period of time and he is not sure he will survive them.
Grace Walsingham is the sister to the Laird’s new wife. She and her sisters Kat and Elizabeth are staying with Ravenna and Ruairi for several weeks after the wedding. She is a very proper English lady and does not let many forget it, especially Fagan who she spars with frequently. She is to marry soon to an English noble, Daniel and is excited to get back to England but first wants her sister to introduce her to the art of spying as she wants to follow Ravenna’s path to excitement.
When Fagan escorts Grace back to England they realize their own feelings are becoming stronger and when danger follows they are determined to change their future.
I am always happy when I try a new author and it works out well. I am not sure why I have not read any of her books as I love stories set in Scotland. This also has some danger and intrigue to keep any reader engaged until the end.
Grace wants to follow her sister into the exciting world of espionage and spying for the crown. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, things just never work out for her. She is several years younger and much more naïve than Ravenna and not quite as adept at the art of spying. She can barely throw a knife and when she is in trouble she gets in deeper before she gets out. I like how she is not the perfect heroine and laughed at several of her antics.
Fagan is a warrior, he is proud to be protecting the Laird’s family and the property that surrounds it. He has no ambition toward marriage or family as he has nothing to offer a woman. And when the Walsingham sisters come to visit, he is sure his life is cursed and will be happy when he escorts Grace back to her fiancé. However the more time they spend together, the more he is not sure he wants her to go and when danger finds her, he realizes his feelings are deeper than ever.
I like these two together, their banter back and forth is entertaining and when they test the waters in a beautiful Scotland forest, the chemistry was definitely apparent. They hold each other back not only because she is engaged but there is the fact he has nothing to offer and she has always professed to dislike the Scottish people (her sister’s husband excluded). I also like how the author did not make things easy for them, they go through quite a lot on their journey to England and it makes their relationship that much sweeter.
The pace is fast and secondary characters are key to this story, we actually see so much of Ravenna and Ruairi that it is like a continuation of their own story, which is a bit different. I also like Kat and Elizabeth, she has a very sisterly relationship with them which includes bickering and fighting and I am excited to see if one of the sisters is next in line for a book. It is the second in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone and it is an enjoyable historical romance with danger, intrigue and a bit of spying to satisfy many readers.
I give Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts 4 stars!