Welcome to my review of the newly released book two in the Highland Heathers, Romancing a Scot series by Collette Cameron. Please be sure to check the tour stops, read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the winner of a $25 Gift card to eBook Retailer of choice from Collette Cameron.
Virtue and Valor
The first I have read from this author, the story is fast paced and engaging, and doesn’t require the reader’s knowledge of the earlier title. Cameron has an easy hand in character development: I could picture every character I encountered, and I wanted to know more.
Isobel is a wonderful heroine: forthright, determined, intelligent and more than slightly daring. She’s not afraid to get her hands dirty, and scoffs at the notion that women are the ‘weaker sex’. A complete anomaly in her family and completely different from other Highland women, she’ not interested in marriage because her heart is wounded. Wounded by her brother’s best friend that she believed herself in love with, and now information has shown him to be a total cad. Discouraged and utterly disinterested, her life only becomes more difficult when that same man arrives to give her orders.
Yancy is known to the family, although he’s been working for Prinny as War Secretary. He’s not interested in the bevvy of women who are available as a close advisor, and has only ever thought one woman suitable: Isobel. When the opportunity arises to travel to Scotland to settle clan disputes, he is determined to make an impression.
These two are adorable together: Isobel so worldly in her desires but naïve in her outlook is convinced that Yancy is utterly changed and ruined by London. Her bratty behavior only added to Yancy’s confusion: he doesn’t recognize the open and friendly girl he once knew. Of course, he’s used to being obeyed, and her refusal frustrates and confuses him, while putting her in danger.
Emotions, reactions and clever dialogue all detail this story: building tension and enjoyment with every paragraph. Isobel is so wanting Yancy to be the man of her dreams, but she soon comes to realize that he is a man, and is willing to make her every dream a reality. I thoroughly enjoyed this story: perfect for fans of historic romances that are character driven with plenty of action and only a touch of steam.
Title: Virtue and Valor
Author: Collette Cameron
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Published on: 24 June, 2015
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her.
Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.
When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage.
Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?
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A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.