X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts


X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (328 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

He was a Highland Rogue Wicked with a Bow and Just as Wicked with the Ladies.

Declan MacGregor hadn’t a care in the world beyond finding a soft bed and a willing woman…until he had to escort Lady Liadain Campbell to the English court. The woman needles him at every turn, but he can’t just abandon her to that vipers’ nest without protection.

She Never Asked for a Bodyguard…

Liadain wasn’t thrilled to be left in the care of her clan’s archrival. It was as if the man never had a lady tell him no before! And yet as whispers of treason swirl through the court and the threat of danger grows even sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…

The strength and love of a good woman hold firm to save a rogue from himself and from false accusations.

Both Liadain Campbell and Declan MacGregor are like fish out of water at King James’ Court. They long for their Highlands far from the court intrigues, gossip, vindictiveness, and chicanery.

Liadain, the sister of the dead seventh earl of Argyll, Archie (The Bloody) Campbell, is a healer and had avoided the attention of brother as much as possible. She’d lived a quiet, useful life healing the villagers and whoever needed her care. While Liadain is a raven-haired, green-eyed beauty who is kind and delicate, she is not a pushover if crossed. Her tongue is sharp when she is riled but her humor makes her eyes sparkle when sparring with Declan in a easy give-and-take way. They have a unique friendship.

Declan MacGregor, the third son, has tried the patience of his family since the death of his father. Drink and women are his main interests. His Laird, his older brother Ciaran, sends him to escort their dead enemy’s sister to court. Declan feels he must stay to protect the naïve Liadain from the machinations that abound at court. He tries to do the right thing but doesn’t always succeed. Also, he does not realize there is an evil web being woven around him that could prove deadly.

Some of the secondary characters with ties back to The Bloody Campbell are devious and cunning antagonists. Even the disgusting Dunnehl and Caroline Armstrong that you may have met in a previous book, show up. Moreover, they have allies that add to the danger that threatens Declan.

Other secondary characters like Rosalia and Aisling, wives of Ciaran and Aiden MacGregor add humor, wisdom, and unswerving loyalty to the hero and heroine. The intrepid little boy John brings a special type of loyalty to the story.

Victoria Roberts blends in just enough seventeenth-century English history to set the reader firmly in the time and place but doesn’t overdo it. She uses it to augment the development of the characters making them vibrant and compelling. As the plot unfolds, her characters seem to come alive.

If you have read her previous books about the MacGregor clan, you will recognize some of the characters. It is captivating to catch up with how their lives are progressing. But most enchanting is getting to share an adventure with the irascible Declan and the determined Liadain as they mature and come into their own through emotional upheavals, near-death experiences, and an awakening of love that revs up the heart rate and heats the blood—love scenes sizzle.

Like the previous books in this series, X Marks the Scot is a keeper.

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