A family of seven seductive Scottish brothers have come to America to find love in this historical romance by the New York Times–bestselling author.
Arkansas Ozarks, 1860. A brutal attack on Emily Stanton’s family has left her for dead—until she is found in the woods by a handsome stranger with a thick brogue who vows to protect her. There’s only one problem: As a woman with a noble English background, she has no business keeping company with a Scotsman of low birth.
For Iain MacEnroy, Emily’s high-tone accent is a bitter reminder of the oppressive regime he left behind. The last thing he needs is to be burdened by the needs of a beautiful, blue-eyed Englishwoman. But taking care of elegant, educated Emily begins to transform Iain in ways he never imagined. Could it be that the deep divisions from the old world no longer apply in the new? And that Iain and Emily can share a passion as lush and wild as the Scottish highlands themselves?
Howell's new historical series following the marital pursuits of the seven MacEnroy brothers gets off to a lamentable start. After the MacEnroy family were evicted from their tenancy by the local gentry, they fled Scotland for America and set up a home in Arkansas, where they built a fortified stockade and went on to become wildly successful in all their endeavors. When the MacEnroys rescue Lady Emily Stanton and her young nephew (English gentry who are traveling in America) from the men who killed Emily's sister and brother-in-law, Iain MacEnroy embarks on a plodding, uninteresting struggle between his attraction to Emily's alleged charms and his lingering resentment of the nobility. For her part, Emily is implausibly innocent, and, despite a few indications of potential for becoming spunky, fails to develop into an interesting character. Scenes and conversations are so repetitive they echo word for word in places. The book is trite, badly written, and utterly lacking in tension, passion, or humor. Fans of romance can give this a pass.