A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly

A Woman of Honour by Marlow Kelly
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Duncan Campbell wakes to discover he is imprisoned with a woman in his enemy’s dungeon in the Highlands of Scotland. The disenchanted warrior hopes his last few moments on earth will be spent in the arms of the sweet-voiced Isabel. If only she will cooperate.

Isabel Douglas has no intention of obliging the crude captive. The penniless noblewoman considers herself too tall and thin to be desirable. She intends to become a nun. But first, disguised as a boy, she must deliver an important letter to Scotland’s hero in hiding, King Robert the Bruce.

Together, the pair make a daring escape that plunges them into the bleak countryside in the middle of winter. In the struggle to survive, they learn the true strength of their feelings for each other. But when Duncan’s animosity towards the king becomes evident, Isabel must decide between her heart and her country.

Can Duncan convince Isabel to give love another chance?

Isabel and Duncan meet under some very unusual circumstances and their first encounter is less than pleasant. Despite all that, they share some undeniable chemistry. In the pitch black dungeon, I began to see the first sparks of attraction flare between them. Even after they manage to escape their captors, the odds are definitely against Isabel and Duncan. I couldn’t help but wonder if they would survive long enough for their mutual attraction to grow into something more.

I really enjoyed getting to know Isabel. Even though this is a short story, I was able to get a good sense of what kind of woman Isabel is. She is strong, smart, and loyal. Her self esteem needs a bit of a boost. She’s never considered herself attractive, so Duncan’s attentions catch her off guard. She wants to believe she can have a future with him, but she has some serious doubts. Despite her self esteem issues, Isabel is definitely not a damsel in distress. She manages to survive in unbelievably harsh situations determined to fight until her last breath. On top of all that, she can more than hold her own when faced with a strong man like Duncan. It is easy to admire and cheer for such a strong woman.

Isabel and Duncan definitely have an instantaneous connection, and I must admit I’m usually a little skeptical concerning love at first sight. However, the chemistry Ms. Kelly created between Isabel and Duncan is so well done, and the circumstances these characters find themselves in are so extreme that I was easily able to suspend my disbelief and believe their romance was genuine. The intensity of Isabel and Duncan’s feelings fit the fast pace of the story perfectly.

A Woman of Honour is thoroughly entertaining. Isabel and Duncan’s story is compelling and almost impossible to put down once started. I recommend it to anyone looking for an intense, fast paced historical romance.

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