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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Wild West meets the Wild Highlands!

This is a very different take on the 'highlander' historical romance theme.
The Isle of Hedabarr has lost its laird and the heir's whereabouts are unknown. Solicitor Geddes Gordon knows that the current presumed heir will wreck havoc with the island and its people. The only thing to do is to find the younger son, Shamus McNeil, who'd made his way to Texas and never thought to inherit.
Unfortunately Shamus is dead. His son Fletcher, maker of arrows, McNeil however can inherit the title--except that Fletcher is half Commache.
Still a duke is a duke, even if found in a prison waiting to be hanged. Fletcher is sprung from his cell and sets sail for the Scottish islands. His final condition on accepting his inheritance as the Duke of Kintyre is that Geddes will find his siblings and bring them to Scotland.
At Castle Sheiling he meets Geddes' sister Rosalyn. Both are drawn to each other but Rosalyn wants nothing to do with the 'savage' lord--or does she? Certainly cliched assumptions about 'savages' on Rosalyn's part do intrude on their first meeting.
So we have murder, a thwarted heir presumptive, intrigue, and a very interesting secondary  woman, one Fenella Begley, Rosalyn's friend  and Geddes' nemesis.
Interesting twists to an age old theme. I enjoyed the difference and look forward to more in the series.

A NetGalley ARC


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