Author: Jennifer Haymore
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: As the secret author of racy romances, Lady Esme Hawkins goes to great lengths to protect her family’s honor. Which is why she carefully disguises herself before entering a notorious bordello to do research. But when Esme comes face-to-face with a brooding Highland bodyguard, she can’t easily refuse a harmless kiss . . . a kiss that inflames desires ripped from the pages of her novels. Acting on them, however, would risk revealing Esme’s identity—and the fact that she’s engaged to another man.
As a Highland Knight sworn to protect the crown, Camden McLeod never expected to follow his client into a bordello—nor could he anticipate meeting a bright, innocent lass with lush lips and eyes the color of the sea. Instantly, Cam knows he must possess her. But to do so, he’ll need to give up his rakish ways, embrace his role as heir to his despised father, and snuff out a deadly threat to his brothers in arms. By comparison, winning Esme away from her insipid fiancé will be pure pleasure.
Review: This author is especially gifted with a wonderful group of series fodder in these Scottish ex-military men who are in a secret group that’s tasked with protecting the British royalty. They’re deliciously naughty and yet they’re alpha heroes, wearing kilts no less. Set up for sweet and hot storylines, right?
This was a story about Esme, a shy young woman who’s related to a very powerful family–the Duke of Trent. But she’s got a scandalous secret that could not only damage her reputation permanently but destroy her brothers and their families as well. Getting caught in a bordello by our hero Cameron doesn’t exactly give him the correct first impression of her either.
Into the plot strides our Scottish hero, Cameron. He’s an aristocrat, of course, but had a horrible childhood and refuses to move in high society and admit his relationship with his father because of how his sister had been treated years before. Working with this group of men has given him a family and companions.
But something’s wrong within the Highland Knights. They’re being attacked and no one knows why. They’ve already lost Frasier, and when an attack on Ross is caught mid-act, at least they’ve got some clues to investigate.
Somehow with all this going on– guarding people, investigating who’s trying to kill them, Cam finds a way to not only find out who the mystery lady was but start courting her. Surprise, she’s engaged. So now there’s a new item on his must-do list: break her engagement without ruining her in society.
Great historical read with great banter, wonderful timing, and sweetly wicked romance. Great addition to the series!