Sinful Scottish Laird marked the end of my historical romance reading slump and a new book by Julia London. Coincidence? I think not.
A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London’s scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands.
Widowed and forced to remarry in three years’ time or forfeit her son’s inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly and unwillingly bewitched.
Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy’s brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.
Why I Love It:
You know when you love a certain type of book but you feel like you’ve read all the good ones because everything else of that type that you pick up leaves you meh and tossing it aside unfinished? That’s been me and historical romance for a while. Which was sad because HR is one of my favourite types of romance.
Then this book popped up. I looked at the title, looked at the author, sent up a small wish to the book gods that it would be good and wouldn’t you know it, my prayers were answered! If you’ve ever read a Julia London book, you know to expect great banter, sizzling tension and hot sexy times. Again, lots of HR novels have those, I needed to fall in love with the characters. Daisy and Cailean gave me what I needed. First of all, it was such a joy to read about a woman who embraced her sexual desire. Who wanted to feel passion and yup, just have sex. Obviously, she’s a widow because we couldn’t have a “young miss” in this time period behave this way, but even widowed characters don’t often show the same degree of enjoying their sexuality as Daisy.
Cailean hit all those wonderful hot Scottish Laird tropes but he was also so delightfully unrepentant about so much of himself even while he battled his own issues. The two of them lit up the pages. This is a devour it in one-sitting read.
Thank you to NetGalley and HQN Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review.