Published by Altiora Press on November 14th 2017
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A clan’s greatest warrior. An Englishwoman in disguise.Can their love survive her secret?
When his brother foists an English squire upon him, Alex Kerr is completely disinterested in training the lad—until he discovers that his new recruit is not a lad at all. “Alfred” is a beautiful Englishwoman in disguise, hiding a horrible secret. Determined to uncover the truth about Clara’s past, Alex agrees to take her with him on a journey across the Scottish border into England. Passion flares between them, but as Alex gets closer and closer to discovering Clara’s secret, their future seems ever more uncertain.
For six years, Lady Clara has lived as “Alfred”—a squire who talks little and trusts no one. But everything changes when she agrees to squire for Alex Kerr. Her feelings for him are far from those of master and apprentice. He makes her long to leave her disguise behind. . . except to do so is to risk the lives of everyone she cares about. Will her secret doom the unlikely pair before they have a chance at love?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Scot’s Secret is the fourth book in the Border Series, by Cecelia Mecca. It can easily be read as a stand-alone story, but as we find out more about characters from previous books it’s an added pleasure if you have read their stories previously.
Lady Clara, an English woman, saw her father brutally murdered and has been on the run for the 6 years since then. She’s been living as a boy, a squire travelling between tournaments helping out as and when needed. Her father’s armourer, Gilbert, has been with her and has helped to keep her safe. Upon his death, Clara, known as Alfred, must find a way to keep safe on her own. Fortunately, Laird Toren Kerr, at the tournament where Gilbert is killed, offers her the position as his brother’s squire, and they make the journey there.
Alex Kerr doesn’t need a squire, especially one that doesn’t look like he could even wield a sword. But he does as Toren asks and accepts the ‘lad’. He has a feeling something isn’t quite right with the situation when Toren insists that Alfred gets his own room in the keep. He keeps a close eye on him until one day he gets a real eyeful and discovers that Alfred is indeed a woman!!
Alex’s mother deserted him and his brothers when they were young. His brothers have come to terms with it, but Alex has never been able to let it lie. The sense of abandonment has kept him from forming any attachments, and he has never given up trying to find his mother. He needs to know how she could leave them!
It’s with a degree of unease that the more time Alex spends with Clara the more he begins to feel for her. She’s English, she’s keeping secrets, she won’t even tell him her name. It’s best if he keeps his distance, but it isn’t as easy as he’d hope. As for Clara, she is attracted to Alex too, but can’t give in to that attraction because she can’t put him and his people at risk. If she is found she believes that she will be murdered like her father, and anybody she is with will suffer the same fate. It definitely seems that there is no way that these two damaged people can have a future together. But, perhaps they can, if only they allow each other ‘in’, to accept that it’s OK to trust and allow the other person to help them.
This was a perfect romantic read. Not only did we have the fierce attraction between Kaid and Clara, but there was the suspense of all the secrets, and the ultimate need to know if they could battle their demons and come through the ordeal ready to love and be loved. This was a real page-turner of a story and I loved how the women in the story were such strong characters. The men, of course, were swoon-worthy, and Kaid and Clara’s relationship was beautiful. I loved every minute of this book and wholeheartedly recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.