on October 30th 2015
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A Lady’s Rules of Etiquette When Eloping:
1. A lady should never leave a note behind explaining her intentions.
2. If by chance a note has been left behind, a lady must prepare to be hunted down and the ceremony thwarted.
3. In such a case, seeking consolation with a night of excessive drinking will be tempting, but ill advised.
4. And lastly, a lady must never, under any circumstances, wake up manacled to a deliciously handsome Highlander.
Lady Evelyn Alexander has managed to break all four rules in the space of an evening—and the tall, virile Highlander she accidentally married is only the beginning. Her fiancé has also mysteriously gone missing and the threat of scandal is hot on their heels…
Alec McAllister has no use for a wife, but when he wakes up entwined with the lovely and spirited Evelyn, he’s willing to reconsider. He’ll help her find her fiancé, but when the passions ignite between them, it’s only a matter of time before the Highlander claims what’s his…
¬¬Reviewed by AnnMarie¬¬
So I Married A Highlander by Kate McKinley is the second book in her What Happens in Scotland series. I haven’t read the first book, so can happily say that this one can be easily read as a stand alone novel.
The story revolves around Lady Evelyn Alexander. Her brother forbids her from marrying the man of her choice. A man who she likes, but doesn’t love, but who she is happy to be marrying. In order to get her own way Evelyn and her fiance run away to Gretna Green to be married. They know that her brother could be after them at any time so time is of the essence. Unfortunately a lot of people were also in Gretna Green waiting to be married, and the queue was way too long for Evelyn’s peace of mind. They are told that there is a second blacksmith who might be willing to marry them, so they head off to find him.
That man is Alec McCallister, a well built, sexy Scot who at the time of their meeting was wearing only a kilt! Alec refuses to perform the ceremony, jaded by marriage, but Evelyn keeps nagging at him. He quite fancies her spirit, and says that he will perform the ceremony for the payment of one kiss. Evelyn reluctantly agrees and the kiss is scorching.
Although Alec is absolutely besotted with Evelyn, true to his word he begins the wedding ceremony. Before he is able to even finish Evelyn’s vows, her friend, Gwen, and Matthias, who is Evelyn’s brother’s friend, arrive to put a stop to the event. They achieve that goal, at least temporarily and Evelyn ends up going into the bar and getting thoroughly sloshed. She doesn’t know what she is more upset about, not marrying her fiance, or realising after kissing Alec that perhaps Stephen isn’t the right man for her after all.
Alec finds himself in the same situation, getting sloshed, and before you know it the two of them are alone in her bedroom, and in all innocence Evelyn asks Alec to sleep next to her for comfort, nothing else. Well obviously something else occurred in the night because the following morning they wake up, it being obvious they had sex, and less obvious, but soon to be discovered, they were shackled together at the ankles! What a funny scene that was to read too, it was a real laugh out loud moment.
The story then follows how they feel about what’s happened. Despite having slept with Alec, and even possibly being pregnant after that night, Evelyn still insists on chasing after Stephen. Not only to make sure that he is going to be OK after the gun shot wound, but she still intends to marry him. Apparently while they were busy doing the wild thing during the night, a contretemps occurred which ended up with Stephen getting shot. He is making his way to Glasgow to have the wound dealt with at the hospital there. The sooner Evelyn catches up with him the better, so she is quick to don her riding gear and hopes to catch up with him. Alec has to help her for her own safety, but of course spending that time alone together starts to prove too much for them and over the course of their travel some passionate scenes occur.
Will Evelyn give up on marrying Stephen and realise that Alec is the man for her, and if she does, will Stephen just meekly sit by and let her go. What of her brother, what’s he going to say once he catches up with her. I won’t give spoilers, so you will have to read the book to find out.
I really did enjoy the story, and love how passion between the two main characters really gets going. I have to admit though that I think the ending was too quick. Too simple. Something that could have easily been elaborated on. It was like the author suddenly realised she only had so many characters left until the book was finished, so had to finish up as quickly as she could. Apart from that small downside, the book was great, the characters were a real delight, and the ending was still a happy one.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.