Title: The Rebel
Author: Julianne MacLean
In: The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: She raised her chin.
When Alex takes on a British soldier, he thinks that it is just a young lad out to gain some honour. The woman he finds instead turns his whole world around.
I loved that this story was set during a war – it’s not something that I tend to read about often, but it worked incredibly beautifully. Especially considering the strength of character of Alex. Where there were so many moments for him to act less than honourably, he still managed to keep this level of honour and respect to everything. Which made this one of the sweetest stories in this collection so far – it wasn’t fuelled by lust, but an honourable kind of love.
Historical romance stories are something that I am only just getting into – they’re just incredibly sweet, and often filled with more hope than actual lust. Often, not always. And this was just one of those amazing stories. The type that puts two people together that you know are going to fall for each other, but fill sit with this sweet, kind falling. Rather than a passionate, lustful dive (which I quite like as well).
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