Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (307 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She’s counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray’s company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan’s grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect…and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Kilts and Daggers sizzles, simmers, and boils over with fighting, treachery, clan loyalty, and love. Yet, a subtle undercurrent of humor ripples through much of the story.

Victoria Roberts, once again, gives the reader a vicarious adventure with rowdy, rugged Highlanders and this time she ups-the-ante with four strong-minded English sisters that disrupt Sutherland Castle to the limit.

The ex-spy for the Crown, Ravenna Walsingham married Ruairi Sutherland, head of the clan. Her sisters, nine-year-old Kat and fifteen-year-old Elizabeth have come to live at Sutherland Castle. Kat has twelve-year-old Torquil running for cover and Elizabeth is eyeing the much-older neighbor, Lord Ian Munro, who is horrified at the very thought of an English girl.

Then there’s nineteen-year-old Lady Grace Walsingham, with her sharp tongue and prim English lady ways, who’s just there for her sister’s wedding and to be sure her two younger sister are well settled and happy before she returns to England to marry her betrothed, Lord Daniel Casterbrook.

Her new brother-in-law Ruairi’s Captain of the Guard, Fagan, a kinsman, sets Grace in a temper with his totally inappropriate attitude toward her. Her uppity ways sets him to calling her “Princess Grace” as he undermines her disdain for the “barbarian Highlanders.” Their verbal warring, as sexual tension builds, creates can’t-put-it-down reading. Ah, there’s a toe-curling kiss that both declare is not going to happen again. Oh, but it does. What a spellbinding adventure the reader gets to share as Fagan and men of his Guard set out to deliver Grace back to England and to her betrothed.

The story takes a couple of twists as they travel that are shocking and adrenaline-pumping, one of them totally unexpected.

With smooth, lyrical prose, Victoria Roberts creates a delightful, delicious love story that is blended with political intrigue, savagery, the beauty of Scotland, and diverse customs of the English and Scottish people. CAPTIVATING READING!

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