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The Laird's Willful Lass (The Lairds Most Likely Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07DHZ3X52
- Language : English
- File size : 5868 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 311 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 192598009X
- Best Sellers Rank: 160,109 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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For the past year, Brody has been unhappy; his hedonistic lifestyle had begun to pall and he is feeling aimless and lost when he arrives at Achnasheen Castle for Christmas. I love how, for the first time, he actually sees Elspeth. To her family she is a ‘wee mouse’, but to Brody she is intelligent, interesting and pure of heart and he is perceptive enough to notice her beauty and charm. I love how his actions reveal an honourable man when he steps up to offer marriage because he believes he has compromised Elspeth’s reputation.
Elspeth may appear dull and mousy but when she makes up her mind to do something, nothing deters her. I saw this in her determination to forget her childish infatuation for Brody and enjoyed seeing a more mature and confident Elspeth emerging. It was satisfying to see her turn the tables on Brody by indulging in a no strings attached flirtation with him and discover what it felt like to be pursued by a rake, when she held all the cards.
Poor Brody has his work cut out convincing Elspeth that his love is sincere, given his past reputation. His friends, Elspeth’s brother, Hamish, and her cousin, Diarmid, certainly don’t help matters because they don’t seem to regard him as a worthy suitor for Elspeth.
I enjoyed seeing Brody and Elspeth discovering things about each other but also about themselves during the course of the story. They are such a likeable couple and I was rooting for them. There maybe trials and tribulations but the spirit of Christmas prevails and love wins through in the end.
“Oh, Brody, you make me so happy. This morning, I thought I’d never be happy again.”
He stared into her face, recognizing her as his destiny. “I’ll do my best to make ye happy for the rest of your life.”
Her lips curled in a smile that expressed a universe of joy. For the first time, he genuinely believed that she did love him.
“I’d love that.
“I love you.”
“And I love you.”
She laughed, and the warm sound rippled down his backbone and settled in his heart. “Of course I’ll marry you, Brody.”
I love Marina for the way in which she supports and encourages Elspeth, unlike her mother who is more interested is gaining influence as a political hostess than her daughter’s happiness. I hate how she denigrates Elspeth at every opportunity.
Having met Fergus and Marina in this novella, I definitely want to read their story in The Laird’s Willful Lass, the first book in the series. I am also looking forward to seeing Hamish and Diarmid brought to their knees by love and sincerely hope that Brody and Elspeth get the chance to gloat!
MY VERDICT: A real holiday treat from one of my favourite authors.
There are no villains and no fight scenes. Yes, it takes place in a Castle that is in the beautiful Highlands, but that is about as Scottish you will get. We do get Lassie and Laddie said, but that didn't do it for me. No suspense or intrigue either.
There is sex, outside of marriage - heat level 4 out of 5. The Lord's name is used in vain once.
The part I enjoyed the most was the Prologue, which takes place in 1802 . We met the H when he is 14, and two young boys who are 10 and 11. I enjoyed their idea of what a perfect women to marry would be. Of course, this feeling the H had at the age of 14, carried over to adult hood and caused problems with the strong willed h.
There is a nice epilogue 2 years in the future. No cheating, no cliffhanger, HEA, no romance and a tad of spice. (ljb)