Author: Jennifer Haymore
Publisher: Random House – Loveswept
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in a Series
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Blurb: With blood still drying on the front lines at Waterloo, Lady Grace Carrington helps an injured soldier to a British medical tent. Though she believes she’s pulled him to safety, in fact she has put them both in grave danger: Because when his brilliant blue eyes meet hers, the passionate Scottish sergeant kisses her in a way that leaves her breathless and trembling. As the obedient daughter of an earl, Grace shouldn’t be tempted by someone so far below her station. But as a red-blooded woman, she longs for so much more.
As far as Duncan Mackenzie is concerned, getting stabbed in the arm was the best thing that ever happened to him. When he wakes on the battlefield, the sight of Grace’s lovely face sets his soul aflame. As an enlisted man and a farmer’s son, however, pursuing his guardian angel means facing the wrath of London society, not to mention his own superiors in the British Army. Aye, but he’d risk all that and more just to keep her in his arms.
Review: Great romance with lots of heat and action. I really enjoy historical like this that not only have forbidden love but intrigue and danger as part of the package. Great quick read from Jennifer Haymore.
Grace is the oldest sister of the Earl of Norsey and as such has been her father’s hostess since her mother’s death years before. She’s never seen herself getting married or having children. Her features are average; she’s really shy and very tall for a woman, so she never really took in society. Her younger sister Claire’s scandalous marriage to Rob Campbell was enough excitement for the family.
Sadly, in the opening of the book Grace and Claire have traveled to the battle of Waterloo to retrieve Claire’s husband because of the debilitating head injury he received during the battle. There, while searching the field for survivors, Grace comes across Duncan Mackenzie, a Scot who fought with Rob. He’s received a bayonet injury to his arm, and Grace makes sure he receives the care he needs while her sister tends to her husband. Their relationship becomes very close while they are staying at the camp, very close indeed–including an unforgettable kiss.
As soon as Rob is able to travel, he and several other hand-picked men, including Duncan, are called to London for a special mission. Duncan is one of two enlisted men chosen especially by the Major to go and feels very honored when he finds out the purpose. They’re being released from the army to form the Highland Knights, a special task force designed to infiltrate groups who’re trying to overthrow the monarchy.
Grace and Claire also return home, and Claire goes to live with her husband who’s stationed at the home given to the highland knights. When she and her husband quarrel, she goes to Grace and they travel to Kent to Norsey House where Claire and Rob’s infant son is buried. When Rob follows he travels with Duncan, and that’s where he and Grace begin in earnest.
Grace and Duncan are really sweet together and I loved how the story line arced. You could fell the emotions ramping up between the two of them and I thought the father’s development was very well done. There’s a lot to enjoy in this unusual historical, and I adore Duncan. I’ll need to read more of this series because it promises to be enchanting–especially if Duncan’s any indication. Thanks!