Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Lady and the Laird by Nicola Cornick + Featured Freebie

The Lady and the Laird (Scottish Brides, #1)An Indecent Proposal! 

Lady Lucy MacMorlan may have forsworn men and marriage, but that doesn't mean she won't agree to profit from writing love letters for her brother's friends - letters that become increasingly racy as her fame grows. That is, until she deliberately ruins the betrothal of a notorious laird, Robert, Marquis of Methven.

Past centuries of bloodshed have left the Methven and MacMorlan families bitter enemies and Robert is furious that Lady Lucy's letters have cost him the bride he needs so urgently to save his ancestral clan lands. Now he makes Lucy a shocking proposal; in return for his silence she must become his wife and provide him with the heir he needs. It is an inconvenient marriage of convenience but can the rugged laird and the bluestocking beauty fight against the power of love?

Scottish Brides - Where Regency elegance meets Highland passion!

My Rating: 5 Roses
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What do you get when you mix the luxury and propriety of the Regency era with the passion of the Highlands? You get this fantastic first book in a new series! The Lady and the Laird had steamy romance, hidden secrets, and the remnants of clan rivalries. In other words, totally brilliant.

Lucy was a woman haunted by her twin sister's death. After that traumatizing event, her entire life became shaped by her fear of passion. She has refused to marry anyone in order to avoid it. Lucy was a strong heroine, who has had to overcome a horrifying defining moment in her life. I understood her concern for the marriage bed and what results from it, though her debilitating fear was also a little frustrating. Doesn't she see all the woman who survive sex and childbirth just fine? But, that small issue was the only complaint I have against her. Otherwise, she was a strong, likable heroine.

Robert has been haunted by his past, as well. But, he isn't going to let anything get in the way of saving his clan lands. He was a great hero. Devoted to his clan, understanding with Lucy's fears, determined to help those he cared for, and completely sweet. He comes off seeming harsh, but it isn't long before we see his soft side. Overall, he was utterly lovable and perfect.

The romance developed slowly. It went from attraction and mutual liking, to infatuation and lust, and, finally, to love and devotion. There were sparks between Lucy and Robert immediately. And they were very hot. When Lucy and Robert finally got together, it was downright fiery. They were also genuinely sweet together, with Lucy's trust of Robert above all men and Robert's patience with Lucy's fears. Definitely a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced. There were thrills that came along with the battle over the clan lands. I was hooked from page one, all the way through the story. And the ending was perfect: sweet and happy.

The Lady and the Laird was a wonderful  historical romance. Lovers of the genre, you have to read this delightful mix of Regency luxury and highland passion.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Books for a copy!
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He came to her in the dark of the moon...

Arranged marriages are common among Louisiana's aristocratic Creoles, but Amalie's new husband shows little interest in his bride. That is, until his handsome cousin Robert arrives at Bonheur Plantation. How can the man she married remain so cool and aloof during the day, while approaching her with such tender passion at midnight?

Robert declines the outrageous favor asked of him -- yet some sins are impossible to resist...

As mystery, deception and murderous danger stalk the sultry land, Amalie and Robert must choose between love and duty, between desire's sweet rhapsody and the painful truth.

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