Why did I get it: I wanted to read this book before I read my review copy of its sequel, Scandal in Scotland, which I got from Gallery & Pocket Books Romance Blog Tour Group on Book Blogs.
How I would rate it: 3 out of 5 stars.
A mysterious abductor . . . Someone is holding her brother prisoner in exchange for a gold-and-onyx box covered in mysterious runes, so Mary Hurst boldly sets out from the family vicarage to find the priceless artifact. But the man who possesses it, Angus Hay, the Earl of Erroll, is less than sympathetic to her plight.
A forbidding stranger . . . Himself a prisoner of his dark past, Angus refuses to yield the box—or allow Mary to leave! Suspicious of the alluring lass’s mission, he vows to wrest a confession from her, but unearths a fiery temper and a will as strong as his own.
An unbreakable curse . . . Passion flares between them, but now there is more at stake: an unknown enemy is hunting down the precious box, and will stop at nothing. Risking all for love, Angus must solve the mystery behind the runes . . . and trust the only woman who can awaken his forgotten heart.
Review: I don’t have too much to say about this book because it was just sort of a fun, light-hearted, and quick read for me. I liked the premise and the writing was good. I liked Mary and the letters from her brother. Angus started off as very annoying and then his past sort of made him more tolerable.
That said, I was a bit disappointed with both of these main characters and the love story as a whole. Nothing about this book was bad, of course, but the romantic plot wasn’t particularly memorable or incredible. The way Mary and Angus got on each other’s nerves amused me, but it didn’t really add anything either. And I was never particularly worried or concerned about Angus and Mary in regards to one another. I didn’t mind their romance, of course, but if they hadn’t gotten together by the end of the novel? I wouldn’t have cared all that much.
The fact that Mary’s brother was in danger the entire time, and that Mary was basically taking more and more interest in the guy actively preventing her from saving him didn’t help matters either. Especially when she had a fixed amount of time to get things done. At least going into book 2 which is about Mary’s other brother, William, I’ll know that Michael isn’t going to be saved until book 3.
In conclusion, if you need a fun reading vacation or a cute beach read, this book would be perfect. If you’re looking for something heavy on the romance with a really great and/or steamy connection between the two main characters, this isn’t the right book for you.