The cover gets 5 stars too. Even though I am not sure that is a kilt is is wearing. Is it a kilt? Or is it just fabric draped around his midsection. Humm…. Now I cannot stop looking at it. It might be a kilt. Yes, I think it is a Kilt. Maybe. Here are some images I procured of kilts.
That last image…. I am not at all sure how to feel about that one. I especially like the one that turns into a blanket to put down at the beach. That one I need to purchase.
Here is the description from Amazon:
Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands
Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.
Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.
Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London is excellent. It took me a day and a half to mow through it, and it was satisfying. I liked it in all ways possible.To make it even more essential for my keeper pile, it was not until halfway through the book that I liked either main character. The story started out as present tense, then went back to the beginning, and then went back a few more times. It held your interest. You wanted to know how these two came to not really despise, but not really like one another either. They both had reasons to feel as they did, but you did not find outright away what exactly the problem was. All you knew was that she left, and he felt it was wrong. She felt there was no reason to stay.
As the story progressed, I found the layers of each of their lives peppered with unhappiness and pain. The story might not be a new one, but it was introduced excellent, and really made you wonder why the heck the people of Balhaire were in such an uproar over the return of the mistress of the house.
She, Margot Armstrong was difficult to like. She was on a dangerous deceitful path and I could not imagine redemption that would be to my liking. But , Julia London is such a gifted writer that she made me go back and forth between liking and disliking both her and Arran so many times, my head spun.
full of sadness, funny moments,happy moments and intrigue. Interesting historical tidbits are thrown in that make the characters come alive. Knowing how much Arran loved his clan and how he worked to make everything thrive gave me goosebumps. The only place these two got along at all was in the bedroom. When they were together, they pushed all aside and loved each other as they wanted to. Both of them tried hard to find that satisfaction in the everyday movements as much as at night. How I ached over Arran finding out why she had come back. I was scared for her livelihood and for both of their hearts.
How easily his life could be destroyed by rumors in England and Scotland. It was scary, and could easily have happened in real life. As it probably did. Makes you wonder how many people lost their heads for the wrong reasons.
I thought that Margot did a good job, even from the beginning , trying to get to know the townspeople. They were not exactly a welcoming sort. You got the feeling that Scotsman did not care for the English and the English did not care for the Scots. She tried hard anyway, to understand them, no matter how many times she was scowled at. Margot got to know and love all the people a little at a time. The experience turned her from a child who had lost her favorite toy into a woman who knew what she wanted in life and in her husband.
It was fun to see that she knew almost nothing other than polite society and the story let you grasp just how little responsibility women had for their own person. And how sheltered women were. She was not shown to be some super hero or a smart intelligent girl who got to behave anyway she wanted to. Instead , Julia showed her more in a real light. Of how difficult being in a bad situation could be and how little say you have in the matter. She was thrust into the wilds (according to her upbringing it was) without any choice of her own. She suddenly had a husband she didn’t know and a life she had no idea how to manage. I felt for her. She trusted her father to do the right thing and keep her safe, and in turn he was not such a nice guy. I am sure the story such as hers was common, and probably did not turn out as good.
Margot was terrible at most everything she tried. The best was when she was asked to dance at the ball her husband had thrown her. She was terrified. But she went out there and tried. I doubt I would have done any better.
She did not learn overnight, and that made the story even more real. She did not know how to ride a horse, but she still got on and gave it her all. I commend anyone who gives life its all. And she did. She tried hard to ride, she tried to dance and then found she enjoyed it, and she never backed down. It made me proud of her . Arran made her work for it, and I kind of loathed him a few times, but he came around all right in the end. He had reason to distrust her, and he was smart to have those feelings from the start.
Both of them were learning how to become themselves.Both of them had to grow up, and in a hurry. She, being suddenly married and he, suddenly having responsibility he had never had before and no one to talk to or consult with. Neither of them had parental guidance in any of it. True tests for both of them.
It was very hard to watch her continue to lie to him. He knew she was lying. He could see it in her face, The sorrow, the determination to see things through. She, like myself cannot lie without my cheeks flaring red. It is a curse, but a good one.
She finally came clean. Of course Arran was more hurt than ever. She had found that she wanted to clear him of the charges she never believed to be true to begin with. It was difficult to justify her actions and I don’t believe you were suppose to, It was more of a What would you have done in her shoes, type of thing. She was told many lies herself by her family, and she was just as much a pawn as he was.
Her realization that she did not know her family as well as she should have was heartbreaking, but I was very glad Knox was her champion in the end.
The kindness that Arran showed his wife on most occasions was sweet and cute, even if she herself could not see it. I truly wanted the union to work and did not understand why it wouldn’t. She was pulled from London’s society and thrown into another world without any say in the matter. And when she ran home to her father, unhappy, he forced her to go back and spy on her husband. She showed courage. Through trial and error she grew to understand what was right and what was wrong with everything that had happened to her, and she did this throughout the book instead of just jumping to the conclusion at the end. Margot grew throughout the story and so did Arran.
I do recommend this book. I liked it very much.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, Thank You!!