Hello Lovelies. Secretly Crushing On is a weekly feature that is held on Thursdays, hosted by Wickedly Delicious Book Blog. This is a blog hop geared towards book lovers preferably ages 18+ with the objective to find and visit other blogs that share the same interest as you... a love for Sexy Reads with a Hot Hero your are Secretly Crushing On. It can be an old book or new read.
My Crush: Cameron Mackenzie; The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley (Book 3 in the Highland Pleasures series)Synopsis: Lord Cameron Mackenzie is intrigued when he finds the pretty widow, Ainsley Douglas, hiding in the window seat of his bedchamber. Cam remembers Ainsley Douglas all right -- six years ago, he'd caught her in this very bedchamber, during a house party in the Mackenzies' Scottish manor. Enchanted by her ingenuous excuses, he decided to seduce her, but stopped shy when she'd made a rather touching appeal about her "good husband who didn't deserve to be heartbroken."Later, Cameron learned that her visit to his bedchamber was part of some female intrigue against him, the kind his late wife used to practice. Ainsley protested her innocence, but Cameron's anger made him never want to see her again. Now she's back, at another houseparty -- and Cameron finds the gray-eyed minx in his bedchamber, again. Her excuses are just as ingenuous, but this time Cameron is determined to teach her a lesson.They have unfinished business, Cameron tells her. He asks her how many of her many buttons she'll let him unclasp, promising that before they houseparty is over, she'll be asking him to undo them all.Ainsley's dismay is real. She's on a mission to prevent embarrassment to Queen Victoria, and time is running out. Though the needs he'd stirred long ago during her unhappy marriage rise again, she knows it would be foolish to fall for love-them-and-leave-them Cameron Mackenzie.But he asks her a question that challenges her beliefs about love and happiness, and she finds herself risking all to be with the black sheep of the Mackenzie family.
Cameron is not only emotionally wounded but physically as well. He doesn't trust women, and he especially doesn't trust them while he's sleeping. Doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy having them in his bed though. You'd expect that a man who suffered horrible abuse from his wife would be cold and cruel and at times he is, but just lurking beneath the surface is a man who desperately wants to love and trust a woman. He's tender and protective towards Ainsley and thinks about a permanent arrangement with her which seems to shock him at times. His physical scars just add a bit more tragedy to Cameron's story and made me crush on him that much harder.
He moved to let her play, and the plaid inched upward. Cameron's strong thighs came into view, and Ainsley saw with shock that scars marked him from the back of his knees to the curve of his buttocks. They were deep, knotted gashes, old wounds that had long since closed.But Cameron's not just a wounded man in need of a good woman, he's a tall, sexy Highlander who wears a kilt in the traditional fashion ;) He's also tender with Ainsley, though his reputation claims otherwise:
Tonight he was impatient, clumsy with need. He tuged at the waistband of Ainsley's skirt. "I want this off."
Pins that held skirt to bodice tinkled to the carpet. When Ainsley reached forward to catch them, Cameron unfastened the clasps on the skirt's back. The velvet folds came away, so many yards of them.