Tempting the Laird

Julia London
Tempting the Laird
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Publisher
Harlequin
Release Date
June 2018
ISBN
9781335629418
Series
Book 5 of Highland Grooms
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
Mystery and desire cloak the Scottish Highlands

Unruly. Unmarried. Unapologetic. Catriona Mackenzie's reputation precedes her everywhere she goes. Her beloved late aunt Zelda taught Cat to live out loud and speak her mind, and that's exactly what she does when Zelda's legacy—a refuge for women in need—comes under fire. When her quest puts her in the path of the disturbingly mysterious Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, Cat is soon caught up in the provocative rumors surrounding the dark duke. Never one to retreat, Cat boldly goes where no one else has dared for answers.

Shrouded in secrets, a hostage of lies, Hamlin must endure the fear and suspicion of those who believe he is a murderer. The sudden disappearance of his wife and the truth he keeps silent are a risk to his chances at earning a coveted parliamentary seat. But he's kept his affairs tightly held until a woman with sparkling eyes and brazen determination appears unexpectedly in his life. Deadly allegations might be his downfall, but his unleashed passion could be the duke's ultimate undoing.

Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Aug 26, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
94 people found the following review helpful
A feisty woman falls for a forbidden man...

Cat knows her place. It's alongside the desperate women and children who flee to the highlands to find refuge when they need it the most. And just when she is getting comfortable in her new role as caretaker, the English decide to take the land and give it away. Angry and on a mission to save the abbey, Cat travels to visit her uncle to fight parliament. But it's a completely different journey she finds herself on when she meets the dark and mysterious neighbor.

Hamlin may be a murderer. At least that's what the local society believes, after his beloved wife disappeared years ago. And because of it, his young ward is left without friends and the education she deserves. That is, until a feisty Scottish woman bursts into his life and throws his heart into chaos. He will have to decide if taking his place in parliament is worth possibly losing the one woman who makes life worth living again.

This was such a pleasure to read! I reviewed a paperback copy and it's the first paperback I've held in quite a while. That was a nice change of pace. And historical romance is definitely still one of my favorite romance subgenres. It's just so easy to fall into the stories. This was no exception. Our heroine was very likable and outgoing. She surprised me several times with how forward she was and outspoken. Something rare to find in females during that time period, but nice to see, nonetheless.

And the hero was both intriguing and mysterious. He had a naughty side, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We know about the rumors that he killed his wife and we learn that she's disappeared. But for most of the story, we don't really know the details. This left me searching for clues and craving the moment we find out what actually happened to her. I was worried for a while that our couple wouldn't be able to come together if the hero was married. Because of that whole 'only-one-legal-wife' thing. Bummer.

But things worked out nicely in the end. I won't give away what happened, but I have to say that I was quite happy with the ending. There were several secondary characters who I would love to read more about, who I assume are featured in the earlier books of this series. I'm curious to see how they found their happy endings and I wonder who will be next to meet their match.

In closing...
I definitely need to get my hands on the previous books in this series and I'll be on the lookout for the next London read. Five stars!
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