Release Date: Mar 12, 2019
Series: The Rogue Files
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
A marriage of convenience, a disgraced debutante, and a sexy highlander… sign me up.
Now, I read the previous book in this series, The Duke Buys A Bride. So naturally I am familiar with the players and was highly interested in our hero, Hunt Maclarin’s story. In the previous book, Hunt came off as a rough brawler and a lover of ladies. This book reveals a more complicated, and interesting past. Plus, a curse.
This is set in the Scottish highlands a place where superstition has always received more attention than it should. Of course, Hunt’s historic curse is based on experience. No, Laird Maclarin has lived to see their first born child born. At least not Hunt’s father or his grandfather. When the Duke of Autenberry’s sister, Lady Clara, arrives from London, Hunt is immediately taken by her. The maddening attraction for a woman he can never have is stripped away when the rumor of her scandal comes to light. Lady Clara is pregnant. Of course he has to do the honorable thing and propose marriage *swoon*
I really loved Hunt, loved him since he was introduced in the previous story. He’s honorable, has a little issue of pride, but overall when he aims to do something he does it. This character is an alpha without the hole. Add in fiercely protective of those he cares about and steamy in the bedroom. He requires a heroine who will be his match.
Lady Clara is exactly his match. She’s intelligent, a bit of an over thinker, and has a tendency to make some rash decisions on the fly if she believes they will save her in the long run. Clara doesn’t plan on falling for Hunt, or marrying him for that matter, but facing her secrets is scarier than taking a leap for a chance at a worthwhile future. Too bad the saying about best laid plans comes horribly true.
I can’t dive into more, but if any of this peaks your interest I highly encourage picking up the book. This one was definitely a page turner for me. I wanted to know if Clara would accept Hunt, how they would defeat the curse, and if a marriage built on a mess of secrets can turn into true love. Not to mention, just when I thought I figured out how the story would evolve, Jordan would throw another wrench into things. With plenty of enjoyable secondary characters, from cousins who steal bulls to a grandmother who’s a bit scary, the story’s pacing moves along nice and smooth. For those who feel Historical Romance is no longer fresh, I can honestly say Jordan proves that wrong time and again.
Overall, I can’t wait for Jordan’s next one and only hope there’s another Scottish laird waiting for me.