on February 28th 2017
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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 though 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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Sinful Scottish Laird is the second book in the Highland Grooms series by Julia London. It can easily be read as a stand alone despite being part of a series. I have read, and thoroughly enjoyed the first book though, so even if you don’t read it before this one, you will definitely want to.
Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick is a widow of nearly 3 years. Her husband made it his will that Daisy must marry within 3 years of his death to make sure that their young son and heir’s monies and estates wouldn’t be squandered away by Daisy. She was resentful and very hurt at his will because she would never do anything like that. For nearly 3 years she has had to put up with every fortune seeking man in London chasing after her. They all knew she had to marry and the closer that it came to the three years being up, the more they harangued her. In an effort to have some peace she decided to visit her son’s estate in Scotland. She had also heard from her first love. He had gone off to the navy because he knew he wasn’t good enough for her back when they were in love as teenagers. But he wrote to say he heard of her husband’s death, that he never stopped loving her, and that he would return to her from the navy as soon as he could. Unfortunately he couldn’t give her an exact date, so her going to Scotland would give him time to arrive, and keep other suitors at bay.
Cailean Mackenzie, Laird of Arrandale is a ruggedly handsome Scotsman. He is from a large clan that he is loyal to and they to him. He is also a free trader, somebody who smuggles various necessities across the sea in order to avoid the scandalous taxes that the English impose on them. Taxes that make it difficult for the Scots to survive if they have to pay them. He’s been hurt by an English woman in his past, one that he thought he would marry, only for her to reject his offer. Between that, and the injustice of the English taxes, it’s understandable that there is no love lost for them.
When he meets Daisy he is amazed at her sass, she finds him extremely attractive and eyes him up and down making him feel like she would like to devour him. He might have been flattered if she hadn’t turned out to be English. He wasn’t pleased to learn that she would be moving into the lodge there because it turns out that he is her nearest neighbour with little over a mile separating them.
The more he deals with Daisy the more his annoyance turns to attraction. He finds out all about her story, but after being hurt by another English woman, and also being a smuggler known to the British Navy, he knows that even if they were to give into their attraction, he could never offer her marriage. She would still have to marry somebody, and when he finds out that the somebody she is waiting for is none other than a Captain from the British Navy, the very one that took a shot at him at sea, he knows there definitely would be trouble if he had anything more to do with Daisy than just being friends. He also very much likes her son, and offers to spend time with him, to help enjoy his life, and not be coddled by his mother all the time.
If Robert, the Naval Captain turns up in Scotland, will Cailean be in dire straits? Will Daisy love the man as much as she used to, or will her feelings towards Cailean get in the way? And what of the upcoming Jacobite rebellion, surely there can be no future for an English woman and a Scottish man, and one that is a Laird to boot?!
This book was a joy to read. I loved how sassy Daisy was, letting it known from the start that she was lusting after Cailean. It might have been because she was a widow, but she definitely didn’t shy away from speaking her mind about any subject, not least the one of her wanting to get intimate with Cailean. She hates that she is being forced into marriage, but she is a wonderful mother, and she won’t allow her son to lose his inheritance because of not wanting to be forced into marriage. She’s strong willed, but not at the detriment of her son. As for Cailean, well what a perfect specimen of a man he is, from his looks, to his personality, and most importantly his loyalty. He definitely is the ultimate hero, and even if they can’t see it at least at the start, he and Daisy are perfectly suited.
I loved the relationship that formed between Cailean and Ellis (Daisy’s son). He was a natural with the boy, and I had to smile at how they get on. Maybe they got on too well, and some might think it a little unrealistic, but why should it be? The boy needs a man figure in his life and what better man than the Laird.
All in all this was a wonderful read which I recommend and I cannot wait for the next book to be released sometime in May.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers’ Copy of this book.
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