Lord Malcolm MacKenzie’s the definition of silver-tongued devil when he spies Lady Mary Lennox across the room and decides he must have her. No matter he’s Scottish, she’s English and the Jacobite war is imminent. Mal and new friend, Jeremy Drake, vow to help each other as they’re smitten by the Lennox sisters, though the girl’s father would never approve.
Easily mistaken as a self serving rake, scrappy, lively, youngest MacKenzie is quite the charming scamp as he deftly puts his plans in play to gain fair lady. Mary is already betrothed to her father’s choice though her fiancé hasn’t been able to inspire an iota of awakening the desire, excitement and thrills that Mal has offered since they met declaring the betrothal a mistake that almost went too far.
Glimpses of who Mal and Mary were at the end of the read were spotted early yet somehow seemed to redeem them when it was evident how strong, loyal and faithful they each were. The secondary characters and additional threads were also fully fleshed and this reader was pleased the tale was definitely Mal and Mary’s star turns.
This read highlights the fun and romance brought together in the series by this generation’s offspring. The read of course has romance and heartbreak to go along with action and adventure on its way to a HEA against the bleak backdrop of war. Quotable lines that made this reader swoon were merely the cherry on top of a great emotional roller coaster of a read.