I can’t help it – historic romance with a Scottish theme and I am all in. Set in the 13th century, Kara Griffin weaves the sights, sounds, and political machinations into the story in a way that makes the elements come alive, and enhances the tension and the romance.
Lady Frances is a package deal for Sean: hand-picked by his Uncle, he is obligated by tradition and position to accept the match, even though he isn’t necessarily thrilled at the outset. To Sean, Frances is intriguing, and she engages his need to protect, especially as she arrives with a small child.
Far from a fainting and weak-spirited woman, Frances is stronger and smarter than any give her credit for. Her history of court life, a past marriage and her own intelligence all feed into her character, giving it a depth that was not apparent at first meeting. Agreeing to the match with the handsome Laird is no hardship, not really: Frances’ foremost desire is to remain safe and provide her daughter with opportunity and safety as well. Yes, she worries about Sean’s motivations, and can’t quite decide if he appreciates her or her beauty, but his loyalty and protectiveness are apparent and undeniable.
Unfortunately, women have been disappearing along the border with England, and no one has, as yet, been able to discover the culprit or his reasons. When Frances becomes a target, the adventure and tension increase as Sean must find her, and discover just who is behind the abductions and murders.
Both characters were well developed, and the mystery added tension and some action that brought the characters to realize their true feelings. They are a nice pairing, with some lovely moments and sweet words to wind up this engaging story.
Title: A Highlander in Peril
Author: Kara Griffin
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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A life forever changed
A heart on the mend
Mysterious events abound
In order to receive his family’s fortune, Sean Gunn must agree to wed the lady thrust upon him by his dying uncle. As a Gunn clan protector and guardsman, he is honor bound to accept his uncle’s legacy and the woman whose voice alone affects more than his heart.
Lady Frances Jordan never thought to feel the stirrings of love since she’d lost her husband, but Sean Gunn’s irresistible manner and handsomeness is just what she needs to move on with her life. He awakens more than desire with his passionate kisses and romantic gestures.
When many a lady goes missing near the border of Scotland and England, Sean is determined to find out who the knave is. Unfortunately Frances becomes the target of the would-be attacker and needs the aid of the Gunn protector. Can Sean keep his lady safe and embroil himself in border politics to ferret out the assailant?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.