This Highland Laird won’t bow to the Crown…Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.
But this lady spy might make him…Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
If she doesn’t betray him first…Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves is an English spy?
I have never read a book by Victoria Roberts, so this is my first read of hers and lets say, it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it! The characters were superb and the dialog between them was down right hilarious. I cannot count how many times I snickered, giggled, or laughed out loud due to their banter and antics.
Strangely with this book, I don’t have a favorite characters as they all stood out in their own way, which made me love them all – literally. Ravenna was a great heroine. I loved how she thought all the Highlanders were wild barbarians, that waved their swords around while calling battle cries, which her perception of them changed quickly due to Ruairi, Fagan, Torquil, and Ruairi’s men. Ruairi was quite taken with Ravenna when he first saw her. He can be a bit cheeky – as for pretending not to know or speak English when she arrived, when she thought he couldn’t understand English, she mumbled how he was attractive, then he surprised her by replying in English, shocking her down to her toes. I love it when big ruff around the edges man gets turned into mush by a slip of a mere woman. He was very sweet with Ravenna. I specifically liked how he told her he loved her and would do anything for her, give her anything she wanted – the moon or stars – even if she didn’t feel the same for him.
Fagan and Ruairi reminded me of two old women on how they bickered with each other plus I loved how Fagan razzed Ruairi about Ravenna – oh these two were hoots together. Ravenna’s budding relationship with Ruairi’s son – Torquil – was very sweet – I truly enjoyed them. I thought it was cute how he wanted her to be his mother. He was such a little gentleman in training, bringing her flowers – Ruairi even thought his son was besting him in the gift giving department which was hilarious to me.
Grace – Ravenna’s sister – was entertaining as well, even though her time was short in this book – her story is next, which I cannot wait to read about her antics. She was humorous when she was practicing being a spy – hiding around the columns and peeping around corners trying to be inconspicuous.
Another thing I like is when the heroine’s decide to leave, thinking it’s best for everyone, then the hero wakes up and realizes he loves the heroine and goes after her. To me, that makes any Romance novel – historical or contemporary – just perfect. Which i this book, it does happen – the hero braves the English court to find his lady love and when he back, even if he makes a fool of himself and bumbles along the way – so well worth it in my opinion!
As I stated ,this book was perfect. It had it all – perfect characters whom were extremely likable and didn’t have one bad trait about them, great dialog with witty banter, and a great story line. I for one cannot wait to read Grace and Elizabeth’s stories next.