Title: Temptation in a Kilt
Author: Victoria Roberts
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands #1
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Historical romance, Scottish romance
Dates read: 9th – 14th November 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
5th sentence, 74th page: “Aye.”
SHE’S ON HER WAY TO SAFETY
It’s a sign of Lady Rosalia Armstrong’s desperation that she’s seeking refuge in a place as rugged and challenging as the Scottish Highlands. She doesn’t care about hardship and discomfort, if only she can become master of her own life. Laird Ciaran MacGregor, however, is completely beyond her control…
HE REDEFINES DANGEROUS…
Ciaran MacGregor knows it’s perilous to get embroiled with a fiery Lowland lass, especially one as headstrong as Rosalia. Having made a rash promise to escort her all the way to Glengarry, now he’s stuck with her, even though she challenges his legendary prowess at every opportunity. When temptation reaches its peak, he’ll be ready to show her who he really is… on and off the battlefield.
This novel was easy, fun and seriously enjoyable. Like most of the historical romances in my shelves, it was enough to make me feel like I was transported in time. But not so much that I got annoyed with women’s rights. Although, this did touch well upon the issues that women would have faced at this point in time… particularly Rosalia’s history and experiences.
Rosalia and Ciaran are an amazing couple. They’re so alike, yet a great balance for one another in their differences. They’re also both annoyingly stubborn – a good match which I, myself can attest to, and fiercely independent. Although, considering Rosalia’s past, it’s somewhat surprising. And Ciaran’s stubbornness almost brings them both undone…
As Rosalia’s backstory is revealed, my heart broke a little more each time. It was seriously tragic and painful. But, it also made her ten thousand times more loveable as the story unfolded. I love when characters’ backstories are slowly reeled out and you get to enjoy learning about them in bits and pieces. Kind of like when you meet somebody in real life…
Although I loved this romance, I did find Beathag a bit of a terrifying villain. She’s pure evil and definitely not the kind of woman that I would want to mess with. At the beginning, I felt like the mentions of her were just a bit annoying and a way to show that Ciaran was no virgin. But, as the story developed, it became much more obvious that she was a key character and so not somebody that you wanted in the story. It was wonderfully done.
I seriously enjoyed this novel. But Aisling and Declan both stole the show a little bit. Partly that’s a good thing since X Marks the Scot is about Declan. But Aisling is definitely a character that I wish had her own story… doubtful considering she’s already married in this novel, and this is a historical romance series…
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