I received this book for free from Library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.X Marks the Scot by Victoria Roberts
Also in this series: Temptation in a Kilt, To Wed a Wicked Highlander
Series: Bad Boys of the Highlands #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 5, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
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 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 ever sharper, her bitter enemy soon becomes the only one she can trust…
X Marks The Scot was a delightful story and this is a book I have been wanting to read so badly for so long. As some of you may know I am trying to work through my backlogged Netgalley books needed for review. Now, this is one of those that I never even downloaded, so I did have to look for it in other places and it was published back in 2013…so yes this has been in my archives for a long time, probably one of the beginning books I had requested and just forgot about. But as my percentage is at 98% I am so close to being done with them and this is one of the few actually left. But I will also say it’s a book I have been wanting to read so badly and I am so happy that I finally picked this one up here. Because it was so delightful and I had forgotten how fun Victoria Robert’s writing actually is. Now it’s not one of those that will pull you in right away, but I was drawn into these characters and their bantering was on point.
X Marks The Scot is a story that features:
- Declan MacGregor-Youngest Son, Warrior, Loyal To His King, And A Rogue With The Ladies
- Lady Liadain Campbell-Sister to the Evil Campbell, Has Integrity, Used to Being Ignored, A Healer
In X Marks The Scot we have a story where our heroine Liadain has been under the shadow of the evils of her brothers. But she braved and helped save some innocents from his evil, she was saved from the wrath of those he had wronged…most specifically the clan MacGregor. And now she is at the court of the King, under the watchful eye of the youngest brother Declan. He is a womanizer and a rogue and flits from one woman to another but there is a slow-building friendship that is building between them. But when rumors are spread that her healing arts are witchcraft, and a scandal erupts about her past and a mistake she made, she must now marry and by order of the king, she is ordered to marry Declan MacGregor. There is a high animosity tension now between Declan and Liadain that didn’t exist before. But Liadain won’t be ignored or trodden upon this time and stands up to Declan and reveals his prejudices on her past. And then they start a new truce but as they forge a new pact in their marriage, there is a danger on the rise, one that would put the King in danger as well as Declan being harmed and only with the cunning of Liadain and his brothers will they be able to save those involved and pave a safe future for themselves.
X Marks The Scot was a delightful story and I had so much fun with this book here and seeing all the characters that come into play here. I had forgotten about these brothers (it’s been quite a few years since I have read them) and I just fell in love with this family all over again. It was such a delight to return to the highlands with the MacGregors. I did enjoy seeing the aspects that this author implements. This definitely had the type of plotline I really love in my historical romances and more specifically highlander romance. Our heroine is a healer, suffered from trauma and scandal in her past but has courage and tenacity to rescue those in need. Our hero is a playboy of historic Stewart era times. So he definitely likes his women and bedplay, but he does have substance. When he is married to Liadain there is something that softens him, he has a willingness and drive to carve a real relationship with her. He is truly dedicated when he puts his mind to it and I truly appreciated seeing his devotion to her and their marriage. The plotline was pretty expected until the last few chapters and then it was a whirlwind of events that keeps you so fascinated and intrigued. I like that this author can shock me in ways I don’t expect or see coming.
Overall I found X Marks The Scot to be a delightful read and I can’t recommend this highland romance enough. Its packed with historical relevance, relatable characters, a strong plot, authentic dialogue, and a sweet and sexy romance to keep you engaged all the way through.