Posted by: Jennifer | March 23, 2009

Bride of a Wicked Scotsman – Samantha James

James, Samantha. Bride of a Wicked Scotsman. (New York: Avon, 2009). ISBN – 9780060899400.

Main Characters: Lady Maura O’Donnell and Alec McBride, Duke of Gleneden

Description from book:

Lady Maura O’Donnellswore to her father that she would recover the Circle of Light, an enchanted Celtic relic that had brought the family prosperity—until it was stolen two centuries earlier by a notorious pirate. Now the pirate’s descendant, the Duke of Gleneden, holds this rare treasure, and Maura will do anything to get it back

Alec McBrideknows when he’s been had. Lady Maura tricked him into marriage, and now she’ll pay. He’ll tempt her, tame her—until she sorely wishes she’d never heard of the Duke of Gleneden. Caught up in their game of revenge, Alec and Maura never notice what is happening in their hearts—until it’s too late.

My Thoughts:

Ok, my reaction to this book is rather odd. I found much of the over-arching plot unbelievable. I mean, seriously, Lady Maura and her servants thought the best way for her to retrieve the Circle of Light was to drug the Duke, pretend that he had taken her virginity and force him to marry her? Ok, they would pay someone to act as a deacon so that the marriage would not be real. But then Maura would travel from her home in Ireland to the Duke’s home in Scotland, search his entire home and then return home. I really can’t even grasp how bizarre this is. After the wedding, Maura deliberately tries to avoid Alec. After all, she is still a virgin and thinks she should try and remain that way. Obviously, she can’t afford for Alec to realize that he had not actually compromised her before the wedding. Throughout it all, Alec believes that he and Maura are married – really married. Of course, he wants to exercise his conjugal rights. While he is angry over the way that the marriage came about, he does actively try to make a life with Maura. I found this a bit painful to read knowing that Maura was trying to keep both an emotional and physical distance between her and her fake husband. I was consoled by the fact that Maura did find the deception difficult to maintain.

Having said all of this about my reaction to several of the plot conventions used, in all other respects, I loved this book. It made me happy. I loved Maura and Alec and many parts of their relationship. I probably would have loved it more had Maura been able to tell Alec the truth much sooner, but she did indeed come clean. Anyway, I had a wonderful time yesterday, curled up in my favorite chair with a blanket and this book.

Read first March 21, 2009

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