Sunday, January 6, 2013

X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts + Featured Freebie

X Marks the Scot (Bad Boys of the Highlands, #2)
He was a Highland rogue—
wicked with a bow and just as wicked with the ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She never asked for a bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows ever sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

My Rating: 5/5
I LOVED this book. It was an excellent historical romance, just wonderful.

I adored the first in the series, so I hoped for the best with book 2. And, wow, did it deliver. With its combinations of delicious romance and nefarious plots, this book keeps you on your toes.

Liadain is a strong woman. After all she has gone through, she refuses to let it get her down. She held strong through all the political intrigue and plots and defied anyone who dared try to stop her from playing her part. She was constantly surrounded by incredibly strong men but, through sheer force of will, she made sure that they couldn't walk all over her. It was fun to see, especially with all the sassy comments she would make, and I ended up really liking her character.

Declan (I love that name!) was adorable. His wild antics were hilarious (just wait until you see the butt rash incident) and kept me laughing. And he was also so sweet...when he finally got over himself and realized that Liadain wasn't to blame for the situation that they were left in. He protected her, even when he wasn't happy with her, and was just a total sweetheart. Their relationship was so cute, with just enough spice to keep things interesting ;)

The plot was intriguing, keeping me hooked all the way through. There are a few twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat. Never a dull moment, the story was excellent. And the ending was utter perfection.

I adored X Marks the Scot. It was a delightful romance that I would recommend to any lovers of the genre.

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a really adorable regency novella: A Delightful Arrangement by Cecelia Gray. Go forth and get it for free!
A Delightful Arrangement (The Gentlemen Next Door)

Phillip has a duty to marry Francesca. He has always protected his former neighbor and childhood companion, and now that she is of marriageable age, he will give her what she needs most - a real home where she is welcome and wanted.
Unfortunately for him....she is done with being dutiful.

After years of being an obedient daughter to a hateful father, Francesca jumps into her first Season. Francesca is ready to dance every dance, flirt with every bachelor and snatch what she wants most - a man she loves who will make her swoon.

Unfortunately for her...he now sees making her swoon as his duty, too.

And Phillip takes his duties very seriously.

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