Waking the Princess (The Scottish Lairds Series, Book 2)
Years ago, Christina Blackburn posed for a scandalous painting that rocked the Victorian art world--and nearly ruined her life. Now a proper antiquarian for the National Museum, Christina hides her smoldering beauty behind an icy facade and prim spectacles. When the museum sends Christina to examine an ancient Highland treasure, she comes face-to-face with the same notorious painting--and its dangerously handsome owner.
Sir Aedan MacBride knows that a local legend of a sleeping maiden says the estate’s heir must never fall in love, which suits him fine--until he meets Christina Blackburn. Convinced that the painting's beautiful model is the key to saving his threatened lands, he is desperate to discover what she knows about the old legend--yet he never expects love to interfere.
"Unsurpassed... Susan King is one of the best!" ~Cathy Maxwell
"Susan King makes a delicious leap to the 19th century... never has Scotland been more magical or more romantic!" ~Mary Jo Putney
THE SCOTTISH LAIRDS, in series order
Taming the Heiress
Waking the Princess
Kissing the Countess
THE CELTIC NIGHTS, in series order
The Stone Maiden
The Swan Maiden
The Sword Maiden
Laird of the Wind
THE BORDER ROGUES, in series order
The Raven's Wish
The Raven's Moon
The Heather Moon
OTHER TITLES by Susan King
The Black Thorne's Rose
An ancient Scottish legend about a beautiful maiden asleep in a rose bower and the laird of Dundrennan, for whom true love can have tragic consequences, plays out in the second installment of King's Victorian-era trilogy (following Taming the Heiress). When Sir Aedan MacBride of Dundrennan discovers historic ruins on his land, he's forced to notify the National Museum. The museum sends prim, bespectacled antiquarian Christina Blackburn, the model from Sir Aedan's most treasured painting. Since the revealing portrait reminds Christina of unhappy times with her late husband, she buries herself in her quest to unearth the ruins, which may be remnants of an early Pictish civilization. The past has made Christina close her heart to love, and the legend has made Aedan leery of it, but still the two are drawn to each other. Before they can find happiness together, however, they must circumvent the briar legend and its supposed curse and outwit a stock villain. This romance starts more slowly than King's medieval-era novels, but her fluid prose and engaging central characters weave a subtle spell. Well-researched details about Victorian archaeology and a sensational, swashbuckling climax make this Sleeping Beauty story a treat for King's fans.
Absolutely loved it
I absolutely loved this wonderful book. The history within the pages immediately drew me in and didn’t let me go till the end. I didn’t want to stop reading for anything, I wanted to find out if Aedan succumbed to what he was fighting or not. I loved how Christina was able to know so much she was extremely bright. Watching Aedan and Christina getting to know each other and pulling for them to make it was awesome. It was great how I was able to get to know the side characters and feel a part of everyone’s lives.
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