As I’m getting older I find that amongst other things my reading tastes are changing. While I have enjoyed many a tale of heroes and quests from Ms. Enoch’s talented pen in the past, this book failed to grab my attention and hold onto it, despite some adorable characters and fun moments.
Marjorie Forrester was trained to be a ladies’ companion until a rare burst of fortune left her brother a duke and she a lady with a beautiful house in the heart of London and all the money she could spend. A dream come true? Not quite! She found herself caught between her old world and new and, unfortunately, no longer belonged to either. So when a sliver of an excuse presents itself, off she goes to the wilds of Scotland to visit her brother, accompanied by her companion and two men, one of whom is the coachman.
As she nears her destination, she’s beguiled by an innocent young man and hooded, tied, and bundled into the back of a wagon, finding herself an unwitting guest of her brother’s nearest neighbor and a laird of the Maxwell clan, who are on opposing sides of a clan war with her brother. Shackled in her room she plots to escape but finds herself captured in more ways than one by the handsome laird as well as his youngest brother.
While I know women in that period are fairly intrepid, I thought they were fairly adamant about preserving their virginity, and yet here we find Marjorie or Ree, as she’s called, falling into her captor’s bed with precipitate haste. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the encounters between the two of them but couldn’t reconcile myself to how easily Ree gave up her much coveted virginity. As it turns out, Graeme Maxwell is on the outs with the clan chief and a secret sympathizer of Ree’s brother, but, due to obligations of family and clan, stands on the opposite side.
I thoroughly enjoyed Graeme’s youngest sibling with his sweet innocence and love of all sorts of animals, but overall this story is not my cup of tea, despite happy memories of enjoying many a tale by this author in the past.
DARE TO FALL IN LOVE
Scotland, 1812—Rugged Highlander Graeme’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…
Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart
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