LANDING A LAIRD
Heiress Lady Moira Kirkwood will do anything it takes to marry a laird to take her north - far, far away from London and her domineering mother. Unfortunately, a pair of gentlemen overhear her jest about Scotland and compromising a fellow if she has to. Before the sun has risen the next day, Moira’s name and a scandalous wager have found themselves inside the infamous betting book at White’s.
One penniless gentleman after another begs Gideon Baxter, Viscount Ainsely, for his assistance in wooing Lady Moira. Unfortunately, Gideon would like to woo the charming lady himself. If only she cared more for him than for the location of his estate, he’d could be assured of where her true feelings lie.
My review :
Will a jest be her ruin ...
I can understand a young woman belittled by her mother, has high hope to estrange herself from her, but to select a husband based on a remote estate location only, is going a bit far with her scheme.
Why it comes back to her face when she begins to fall with a man whose home is not far away enough for her taste.
Moira’s mother would test the patience of a saint, still, decide her avenir on a distant place only is rather silly. After, she is young and impetuous, and the victim of all her mother’s ministrations.
Gideon has every right to keep his true home a secret, how would he be able to know Moira’s true attachment.
While their friendship moves quickly on the romance side, it was fun to see Gideon plays matchmaker and every man entering the bet gets its right comeuppance.
So while everything goes very fast, their relationship is a sweet one, each with its reserves, due to their own misconceptions.
4.5 stars for a fast paced tale of instant attraction unsettled by an overbearing mama and the many bets coming between them.