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.
London continues her mid-18th-century Highland Grooms series (after Wild Wicked Scot) with a sparkling and witty installment. Daisy, Lady Chatwick, has decided to leave London and take her young son, Ellis, to Auchenard, the property he owns in Scotland. Daisy hopes that Robert Spivey, her first love, will arrive in Scotland to ask her to marry him. Her deceased husband s will requires that she marry within three years of being widowed in order to keep her husband s fortune for their son. In Scotland, Daisy meets the one man who seems enamored of neither her nor her money: Cailean, Laird Arrandale. Eventually Cailean shows Daisy that he is very attracted to her, but he never once mentions being interested in marriage. Daisy becomes conflicted as she tries to determine whether to wait for Robert or take a chance at love with Cailean. The complexity of the relationship between Daisy and Cailean sets this novel apart from many in its genre.
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He's smuggling more than just Brandy.
With a 3-year deadline to marry (or forfeit her son’s inheritance) drawing near, widow Daisy Bristol flees to the Highlands to escape fortune hunters while waiting for her first love to finish his commission and reunite with her. Her new neighbor, Ceilean Mackenzie, Laird Arrandale offers her a respite from the fortune hunters, who hound her. He unlike the rest of the men sniffing at her skirts, he tells her the truth and isn’t interesting in her money. Ceilean thinks Daisy is a crazy London miss who flirts with all men. Though try as he might, he can’t keep her from getting under his skin. The sexual tension between these two is palpable. I enjoy books with witty banter between the characters. This one has it in abundance. I loved the second installment to The Highland Groom Series. It’s a legacy of love that started with Wild Wicked Scot.
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