Friday, 25 July 2014

Blog Tour: To Marry a Scottish Laird by Lynsay Sands; Review + Giveaway

To Marry a Scottish Laird (An English Bride in Scotland #2)
Author: Lynsay Sands
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: 24 June 2014

New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new historical romance yet!

Highlander Campbell Sinclair is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health, Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan . . . with the most sinful of curves.

Joan promised her mother that she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved . . . until he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that prove her disguise hasn't fooled him. As their passion ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding . . . and lead to a love she's never known?
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Joan is travelling to Scotland in order to fulfill her mother's dying request that she deliver a scroll to the clan McKay. Disguised as a boy, she sets off on her danger-fraught journey where she is attacked by thieves. Luckily she is saved by a fierce warrior, Campbell Sinclair, who is injured in battle. Skilled in the art of healing, Joan nurses Campbell back to health. All the while Campbell believes Joan is a boy, but he soon discovers she is a woman and a powerful attraction flares up between the two...

I really liked Joan as a heroine. She's a very independent woman and has been brought up as a commoner but is a skilled healer. She's smart, self-reliant and strong, with no intention of marrying. When she finds out her true identity, it does definitely do a number on her self-confidence because she doesn't think that she's good enough for Campbell, and that he should have someone raised to be a proper Lady. Despite this, she has plenty of determination and courage to become the wife he needs.

Campbell was also a great hero. He leaves home for the summer to try and avoid the leagues of women his mother had invited to their home, hoping to entice him into marrying again. Unfortunately for his mother, Campbell has no interest in marrying again after the death of his first wife. That is until he's caught in a rather compromising situation with Joan which necessitates a swift wedding. Campbell is a kind and compassionate man, with a very protective side when it comes to Joan.

I thought Joan and Campbell were a great couple, and together they could conquer their doubts about marrying and have a happy future. I'll admit to being surprised by how quickly Joan and Campbell began their physical relationship, especially considering that Joan was a virgin. Soon enough though, I was happily swept along in their passionate affair, and I loved how comfortable they felt with each other and how easy their relationship was- at least before other matters complicated it.
There is also a mystery element to the story when there are a series of accidents, all apparently centered around Joan. The culprit behind the 'accidents' came as quite a surprise and it was an enjoyable series of twists and turns in the plot.

Overall, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story with a fiery love between an honourable Highlander and the strong lass that is perfect for him. You also get to catch up with Annabel and Ross from the first book of the series which was fab. Definitely recommend it!

*I received a review copy, from the publisher via Edelweiss, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

About the Author

Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.
Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Avon


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