By Tarah Scott
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Sometimes, the hero must be the villain…
Fourteen months ago, Lady Rhoslyn lost her husband and infant son to a fever. Now, by order of King Edward I, she is yanked from the healing tranquility of a convent to marry the king’s favored bastard knight. Rhoslyn has no intention of returning to the home where her husband and child died. Neither does she intend to hand over her fortune to the ‘Dragon’—no matter his sweet promises and warm kisses.
Talbot St. Claire tires of war. Seventeen years is enough. King Edward will never release him from service, but the king promises Talbot will find some peace in front of his own hearth. Talbot expects to find a horse-faced, hostile woman in the Scottish heiress Edward commands him to marry. Instead, he discovers a fiery Highland beauty worthy of a man’s respect…and love. Talbot determines to do anything to win his new bride’s acceptance. Anything except the one thing she demands: betray his king and embrace his Scottish heritage.
It took me a while to figure out the logistics of what was going on, and I’m not sure that I quite ever did. By three-quarters of the way through, however, I was happy because Talbot and Rhoslyn had fallen in love and were physically enjoying one another’s company. (I wish I had been convinced that the baby was truly Talbot’s – and if that was confirmed, I missed it somewhere.) Talbot is a noble man and a generous man, and it’s not hard to like him. Fortunately Lady Rhoslyn realizes it, too.
The author does a compelling job of incorporating twists and turns into the storyline, many of which were totally unpredictable that keeps the reader turning the pages to find out what comes next.
How Talbot turns to mush around his firstborn…and how he falls in love with Lady Rhoslyn, and she in turn falls in love with him – unexpected for both of them initially.
The “huh?” part:
I couldn’t keep up with the history end of things and who was who.
If you like and can follow some of the old Celtic tongue than yes. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as some of Tarah Scott’s other writings (especially her joint work, “The Highlander’s Improper Wife), but by the end of the book, I was contented that Talbot and Rhoslyn had found true love.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on March 22, 2016.