Good Wednesday everyone! How many of you enjoy highland romances? Have you read Victoria Roberts? What has been your favorite highland romance?
About Victoria Roberts
Prior to ever picking up a single romance novel, she penned her first young adult novella at 16 years old.
Who knew her leather-studded motorcycle hero would trade in his ride and emerge as a kilt wearing Highlander wielding a broadsword?
Victoria lives with her husband and their two beautiful children in western Pennsylvania.
Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.
Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.
Highland captain Fagan Murray has been assigned a simple mission and that’s to escort Lady Grace Walsingham to England so that she can live a calm, normal life as befitting a woman of her station. Unfortunately for him, the lady has other ideas. Ever since she discovered her sister and uncle were spies for the crown, she has longed for a life of adventure. She won’t let anything stop her, especially not Fagan. When it becomes clear that there is danger following them, Fagan discovers that Grace is more than just a pretty face and what was once mere tolerance for her presence turns into more.
Admittedly I didn’t read the first book in this series so I was a little lost with this book in the beginning. I was never quite sure exactly how the events of book one shaped the events and the main characters of this book and it took me awhile to put together enough pieces of what had occurred to understand just where Grace was coming from. Once I got that though, I found myself fully engrossed in what author Victoria Roberts created with Kilts and Daggers.
I took awhile to warm up to Grace. While I identified with her wanting an adventurous life like that of her uncle and sister, I was annoyed at how naïve, bratty and just plain silly she was in the first half of the book. I quickly wanted her to get a reality check so that hopefully she would mature and use her intelligence for something other than throwing fits and slinging unwarranted barbs at her guard. When Grace eventually did mature (after some close calls and harsh lessons), she was a likable character and I could see why Fagan would look twice at her.
With Fagan my affection came a little faster. He was certainly honorable and wanted what was best for his people even if it meant sacrificing his pride and his life. Clearly he wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of escorting a bratty girl with delusions of becoming a spy back to England but he did it because he was asked to by his Laird. He endured so many insults from Grace that I really couldn’t understand why he fell in love with her! I could see why he would physically be attracted to her but he was a grown man and she was a silly little girl. Still, part of his appeal to me was his ability to see the good in Grace and the loyalty he had to his people, something he shared with Grace. He was patient, even in the face of Grace’s rude behavior and he wasn’t patronizing towards her though he had every reason to be.
Kilts and Daggers is filled with exceptional dialogue and the author painted such brilliant scenes in my mind but this also contributed to the book feeling a lot longer than it actually is. It’s slow to begin and some scenes felt drawn out when it might have been best to shorten or cut them completely. It’s not a quick read by any means but it is well worth it if you’re looking for a story with characters who take time to evolve from single minded in their quests to well rounded, multidimensional characters that impact the outcome of the plot.
Final Verdict: Fans of Highland Romance will definitely enjoy Kilts and Daggers!
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