The third installment of the Highland Spies series from Victoria Roberts combines the elements of romance with a solid dose of political intrigue and history to bring the story of Elizabeth and Ian to light. Please read on for my review and excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a copy of MY HIGHLAND SPY. But first,
Kill or Be Kilt
For years, Lady Elizabeth Walsingham has held ‘special feelings’ for one man, but he’s never shown the least interest. As she’s finally determined he will never see her as more than the annoying and bothersome young girl with stars in her eyes, she’s determined to move above those feelings. The opportunity to head to court in London, where she can seek other opportunities and begin her grown up life presents itself, and Elizabeth is off.
Laird Ian Monroe is not unaware of the young girl, but he’s not interested in a ‘child’, and he’s done everything in his power to stay out of her life. He’s avoided her for years, but a request to accompany her travelling party to London gives him new perspective. She’s no longer a child, but a beautiful young woman, sure to turn heads.
While Ian is having his own moments of realization, Elizabeth is reveling in the attentions from the new people she has met since her arrival. Ian has been steadily refuting the worthiness of each man who presents for Elizabeth, until an actor at the Globe seems to become the leading candidate. With members of the King’s Privy council under siege from a mysterious culprit, the ‘spy’ portion of the story heats up as the mystery and political intrigue takes center stage, pushing the romance and tentative steps toward one another from Ian and Elizabeth.
For me, there were a few elements that stood in the way of my enjoying this story as much as I hoped. Firstly was the overuse of gaelic phrases with their accompanying definitions…I’m not a fan of writing to an accent, and while that was not the issue here, frequent insertion of phrases forced me to absorb the meaning, then reread the sentence to put it back into context for the moment. Secondly was Elizabeth. As a child, in earlier stories, she was rather amusing in small doses. As the heroine of the story, she just did not, for me, develop into a full character capable of holding my interest or engendering my empathy or emotions. She was young and untried, and prone to childish moments that pulled her to the brink of annoyance. While the mystery was rather predictable, and villains were rather obvious, the blend of history, mystery and romance leaned more to history and mystery with less focus on romance or the characterizations of Ian and Elizabeth. A solid, if not my favorite, installment in the series.
Title: Kill or Be Kilt
Author: Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies #3
Also in this series: Kilts and Daggers
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 3 May 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 10 Hours (aprox)
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Lady Elizabeth Walsingham pined after the same man for years. When she finally realizes the brawny Highland laird doesn't return her feelings, she decides to leave for London and start anew. It seems that her prayers are answered when she catches the eye of a charming actor at the Globe Theatre - a man who is the complete opposite of the Highlander she once loved.
Laird Ian Monroe spends his time avoiding the bothersome young girl who dreams of their union. But when he travels to London and discovers that she has a new love interest with a dishonorable agenda, his perspective changes. Ian soon realizes that Elizabeth is no longer a child with a crush, but a beautiful woman in need of his help. He may have what it takes to rescue Elizabeth from her scheming beau, but does he have the courage to reclaim Elizabeth's heart as well?
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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.
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