Barbara’s rating: 4.4 of 5 Stars
Series: The Sutherlands of Dornoch Castle #2
Publication Date: 4/8/22
Period: Jacobean/Stuart Era (1655) – Scottish Highlands
Number of Pages: 189
Conall Sutherland loves women and they love him, so why shouldn’t he take advantage of the favors offered to him? He has probably slept with most of the women in his part of Scotland – and any parts of Scotland he’s ever visited. He has three rules though – no innocents, no married women, and absolutely none of them should expect marriage. He makes that very clear to any and all. However, since his brother’s very happy marriage, those trysts have felt a little less satisfying. Still, he isn’t going to marry, so why not enjoy the bounty? His older brother, the Laird, has told him repeatedly that his lifestyle will come back to bite him – and bite him in a major way. Conall doesn’t buy that at all – goodness – he takes precautions and he always leaves the ladies happy – what could go wrong?
Maura MacEwan and Conall were childhood friends but grew apart when his lifestyle changed to one of lusting after every female in Scotland. Maura has always admired Conall and would welcome a future with him if he were a different man, but he isn’t, so that will never happen. Not being a quiet submissive young woman, she lets him know what she thinks of him and his ways every time they are near each other. He should certainly have no doubt about how she feels.
So, how did Conall get caught kissing the innocent Maura you ask? Well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out, but caught they were! Maura’s outraged brothers were torn between killing Conall and forcing marriage. Fortunately, they chose to force a marriage.
Many of Conall’s former conquests lived/worked at the castle and they harass Maura in hundreds of ways. Maura is up to handling those women, but when something totally unexpected and out of the blue happens – nobody will believe Conall. Why – well, remember his brother’s comments about his lifestyle coming back to bite him? Yep – and it had really sharp teeth!
This was a fun, entertaining read and I definitely recommend it. It is well written, well-paced and the characters are appealing. I hope you will give the book a read and will love it as much as I did.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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