8 July 2015

Review - How to Marry a Royal Highlander

How to Marry a Royal Highlander - The Renegade Royals #4
by Vanessa Kelly

What they say: Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

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I received a copy from the publisher Kensington (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: Eden 'Edie' Whitney finds herself embroiled in a scandal and faces being shunned by the ton after being discovered in a compromising position. As a punishment and to escape the scandal she has to leave London. Captain Alasdair 'Alec' Gilbride, the heir of the Scottish Earl of Riddick has been summoned home after a ten year absence.

Eden and Alec notoriously don't see eye-to-eye. Eden thinks he's an unfocused rake who avoids responsibility, and loathes her attraction to him. Alec loves to annoy and argue with her, but although he never misses the opportunity to get a rise from Eden, he always wants to protect her. 

Alec 'invites' Eden and her mother to spend the winter with him in Scotland so they can be a distraction for his meddling family and so he can convince Eden she should marry him. The big problem? He's already betrothed to a member of his clan.

I enjoyed the playfulness of the story and the familiarity between Eden and Alec improved their banter and flirting. I did initially think I was going to really dislike Eden's bossy and scheming mother but she did grow on me and it was enjoyable to see her at work...

There were numerous misunderstandings, meddling relatives, assignation attempts and general confusion along the way, but I liked the lightheartedness of the story. It was nice to read a society story set in Scotland. I did get a little annoyed with all the betrothal drama and the constant 'not deserving each other' parts but I liked their story and would read more books in the series.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!


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