Published by Harlequin Historical on April 1, 2019
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A plain Regency governess
In bed with the duke!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Unceremoniously packed off to Scotland to care for the Duke of Lochmore’s young son, practical widow Joane Langdale fears she will be ignored as always. But the deep connection and heated passion that develops between her and Benneit is far more dangerous! When Benneit is expected to propose to another, how dare Jo dream of becoming his duchess?
The Lochmore Legacy collection
Book 1 — His Convenient Highland Wedding
Book 2 — Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple
Book 3 — A Runaway Bride for the Highlander by Elisabeth Hobbes
Book 4 — Secrets of a Highland Warrior by Nicole Locke
The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge
is a beautifully developed, wholly absorbing romance featuring two strongly drawn protagonists who are clearly made for each other. Lara Temple once again demonstrates her gift for humorous, insightful dialogue ... A very strong start to a new series.”
— All About Romance on The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge
“A thoroughly enjoyable romance ... Five stars for a fantastic read.”
— Caitlyn Lynch on The Earl’s Irresistible Challenge
This is book two of a quartet of stories written by Lara Temple and fellow Harlequin authors, Janice Preston, Elisabeth Hobbes and Nicole Locke. The stories are based around Lochmore Castle, perched high on a rocky promontory on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, and two feuding clans – the Lochmores and the McCrieffs.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Since her husband died, Joane Langdale was the poor relation who went where the Uxmores deemed she would be useful. This is how she became the governess of Jamie, the Duke of Lochmore’s four-year-old son. It was for a very short time, as Benneit, the duke, was set to marry Lady Tessa McCrieff. Nothing was definitive, but it would contribute to ending a long-time riff between the two families, and Jamie needs a mother. Jo and Benneit had been aware of each other the year Jo came out and went +largely unnoticed, while Bella, the Uxmore jewel, dazzled Benneit into marrying her. Now widowed, Benneit has become so preoccupied with the duchy’s finances, he fears he is not paying enough attention to his son, as the not-so-meek Mrs Langdale almost points out. She is prickly, he seems cold, and their business association appears doomed from the start. They are stubborn, but not stupid, and not as immune to the other’s nearness as they initially thought.
Utterly breathtaking. These are the words that came to mind when reading Lara Temple’s stunning descriptions of Scotland and how she captures the harsh beauty of the country. The visuals are so astonishing, that even while only reading about it, I was as mesmerised by the majestic landscape and the sea as Jo was. UNLACED BY THE HIGHLAND DUKE is not only a feast of sumptuous imagery with a touch of gothic but an outstanding character study. As the author slowly peels away the layers, frustration, melancholy, longing for a fuller life surface. I watched in fascination as Jo and Benneit emerge from behind their masks, and I was swept away in this amazing journey of discovery. I loved that there was the tiniest spark of attraction and that it very gradually ignited into an all-consuming fire. It is a thing of beauty to watch a relationship evolve so organically, so naturally, and to be able to truly believe in it. Benneit is torn between love and duty, and because he is so honourable, it took him quite a long time to come to his senses.
I was overwhelmed and enchanted by Ms Temple’s sublime prose, her exquisite vocabulary, the rightness of the dialogues, and the impeccable pace sustained throughout the book. I also found quite impressive how seamlessly the story arc flows from book one of The Lochmore Legacy, Janice Preston’s The Inconvenient Highland Wedding, as I remembered Tessa, Lord Aberwyld, and the distillery that Benneit aims to build. I didn’t think that going back in time to tell the whole story would be so successful, but it is.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.