Taming a Wild Scot
In the Highlands of Scotland, plays for power are fought without rules, treachery and intrigue hold court, and, in one woman’s heart, danger stirs as relentlessly as passion…
Wrongfully accused of murder and left to die in a hellish Highland dungeon, Ana Bisset has lost all hope of freedom. But the beautiful healer’s luck takes an unexpected turn when a hooded stranger appears as her rescuer. After a harrowing escape, Ana settles alone in a quiet village where no one knows her past or her reputation. The last thing she ever expects is to meet her mysterious savior again…
Niall MacCurran is no hero, but a warrior on a dangerous mission to expose a threat to the realm. After his decision to free Ana, he now realizes that it is he who needs her help—willing or no—to advance his quest. But his growing feelings for the delicate yet resilient beauty soon jeopardize their safety—and not even Ana’s healing gifts may be enough to protect their love, or their lives.
On a whim, I picked up a couple hetero romances from the grocery store — and this was the first of them. And I was quite surprised! Everyone sort of talks down about grocery store romance books, but I think a lot of people secretly read them. Romance books are, after all, the largest selling genre, I believe.
This being my first historical Scottish romance, I have to say that I don’t know what the genre conventions are. I don’t know what’s been overdone and what’s new and exciting. So, this was all new and exciting to me!
I have to admit I’m really not a fan of historical fiction or of fantasy… and this was a historical romance with a fantasy element… It took me a little bit to get into it since I came to it with those biases, but once I got over that, I was pulled along for the ride. Keats writes a good tale with two characters that are basically pulled together through scheming and manipulation, who then fall for each other. The fact that Ana and Niall are going to fall in love with each other is known by the reader before even cracking open the cover, so it’s up to the writer to make it an entertaining journey, and Keats performs that duty well.
Seeing as this is apparently the first in a series, there are ample threads left unresolved to fuel future story lines. There are a number of books I’ve read this year that launch series, and they overload their story with dozens of characters and potential story threads all in the hopes of intriguing people to continue reading the series — Keats does a VERY good job of introducing these elements without making them feel like they were stuffed in there randomly.
Taming a Wild Scot is a good read and is very well written. 🙂