Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.
With two young sons to care for and a large estate to run, John Erskine, the widowed Earl of Mar, needs to remarry as quickly as possible. And beautiful Lady Evelyn Pierrepont would be the perfect match. But there's more behind the English lass's calm demeanor than she's letting on, including a smoldering allure not even John can ignore.
Evelyn has no desire to wed the rugged Scottish earl, but at least she'll be able to continue her work as a spy-as long as her husband never finds out. Yet the more time Evelyn spends with John and his boys, the fonder she grows of their little family, and the last thing she wants to do is put them in danger. As alliances shift and enemies draw closer, soon everything they hold dear is at risk: their lands, their love, and their very lives.
Lords of the Highlands series:The Highland DukeThe Highland CommanderThe Highland GuardianThe Highland ChieftainThe Highland Renegade
In Jarecki's sixth Lords of the Highlands historical (after The Highland Renegade), a Scottish earl and the fiercely independent daughter of an English duke are surprised when marriage leads to love. The Earl of Mar is a widower with two young sons; he needs to marry well in order pay off his father's creditors. He weds Lady Evelyn Pierrepont, the daughter of the Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, because she has a large dowry. He has no idea that Evelyn is a spy for the Jacobite cause and her contact, Claude Dubois, has asked her to find out whether her new husband is loyal to the Jacobites or to Queen Anne. When Mar reveals that Dubois's true allegiance is to King Louis of France, Evelyn realizes Dubois tricked her into believing he was a Jacobite, and Mar is furious at the whole scheme. Accused as traitors, Evelyn, Mar, and the boys flee to Scotland to evade the redcoats while Mar comes up with a plan to prove his innocence. Intense adventure mingles with sensuous love scenes. Fans of romance with strong, socially progressive heroines will thoroughly enjoy this novel.