On leave from his Highland regiment, Captain Liam Lockhart comes to London on an urgent mission: to repossess the stolen family heirloom that could save his ancestral estate. He never dreamed it would involve surrendering his heart. But the beautiful and scandalous socialite Ellen Farnsworth sets his Highland blood aflame with a will as strong and reckless as his own. Though bound to Liam by a soul-searing passion, duty impels Ellen to commit a terrible betrayal. Now, driven by passion, pride, and vengeance that know no bounds, this fearsome Highlander will reclaim not only his family's ancient treasure, but the one daring woman he was meant to love for all time.
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I did like the storyline and the complex relationship, but found myself wondering whether I should be reacting differently than I was to the dialogue. The scenes that I think were intended to be funny came across flat. The narrator seems to have two gears - intense and news reporter. I think she would make a great kids novel narrator with her tone of voice, but doesn't convey sexy, brutish Scot to me. And the end scene seemed sort of ridiculous which saddened me as there was such a build up to their reuniting. I am curious enough to get the other books in the series, because I have been impressed by the author's other series.
This is book 1 of the Lockhart Trilogy and was an enjoyable listen set in 1816 about handsome, but scarred, Highlander Liam and a desperate Quest that takes him to London to find a family heirloom. Whilst he is there he meets Ellie and is instantly smitten with her beauty, her acceptance of him and her sweet little daughter.
As they spend more time together the attraction, compassion and friendship turns to sexual awareness, passion, sex and love however Liam's Quest must come first.... but little did he know Ellie had plans of her own too. Two lovers - one desperate to escape her depressing man-made prison and the other's steadfast duty to his family's well-being so the choices they are both forced to make and the outcome of those decisions results in betrayal, heartbreak and revenge. There was a bit of suspense also interesting and likeable secondary characters.
Worth a credit? I liked it but just didn't love it, it was entertaining but not captivating and, although it was a well-paced listen, there were certain things Liam did whilst in London that were funny yes, but so stupid and unrealistic that it made him out to be a fool which, being a Captain in the Highland Guards, he certainly wasn't. Bottom line - I missed the 'Alpha' type hero, I didn't like the heroine's actions BUT overall it was good listen that made me smile - so I guess that's a YES.
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