Bedding the Highlander (Unabridged)
by Sabrina York & James Patterson - foreword
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Only a Scot can steal her heart. There's nothing ladylike about Katherine Killin. She's a spitfire who cannot be tamed. To rid himself of her, and to honor a truce set by the Duke of Glencoe, her father agrees to wed her to his clan's mortal enemy, Ben Rannoch. But when Katherine meets the enticingly masculine Kirk Rannoch, brother of her betrothed, she suddenly craves domination.
Packing this story with characters that arrive and present themselves willingly and openly
A long history of feuding between the KIllans and the Rannochs, much of it fueled by the Killans and their refusal to parlay, behave and play nicely. But, the Duke of Glencoe has had enough of it all, and declares that Kate, daughter of the Killan clan laird and Ben, clan laird of the Rannochs are to wed. He thinks (and all the players believe) that this is a hopeful wish, and one not meant to come true because of the Killans, but everyone is, ostensibly, willing to try
Because of the history between them, Ben dispatches his brother Kirk to fetch Kate from the Rannochs, on arriving Kirk and Brodie are met with a seemingly empty yet highly fortified castle, and forced to wait for entry. An empty keep, save for a young groom sent to tend the horses, leave them uneasy, and the revelations to come are no better. From the Laird trying to foist of a Catherine, as one daughter is much the same as another, to the claim that the Katherine they seek has fled, and should they find her would need a leash to control her, Kirk is frustrated, empty-handed and more than relieved for his brother, believing that the Katherine they were sent to fetch was both untenable and difficult, with a tongue and temper matched only by her flaming red hair.
Oh WHEN will these men learn to Never Send a Brother to fetch a bride? It never ends well for the prospective groom, even as the brothers always seem to find the perfect one for themselves, and again, Kirk will upstage Ben (unknowingly) in claiming the pretty little red-haired girl for his own. As Kate and her sister Elise have run from their family, where they always felt less than wanted, needed or safe. Women of the day were simple pieces in the game of power, and Kate, unwilling to be a pawn, has run, believing the struggles they will face are minor hiccups compared to the daily task of living where they were little more than chattel.
Now, the romance here is wonderful, as Kate, for the first time in her life, feels safe and regarded with respect from a man. Too bad, she and Elise together hatched the plan for her to seduce Kirk, thus ensuring his brother would end their engagement. She never quite expected to find the security and interest in Kirk that she did. York carefully plots and plans the story so every moment is laden with meaning: from an errant (or not so) touch to growling complaint, the unspoken is as clear and precise as the dialogue: witty and fast paced banter, a clever reveal of Kate’s true identity and regard, and the gradual growth of both Kate and Elise as they realize that not all men are like their father and brothers, and their bone-deep hatred for the Rannochs is misplaced. Packing this story with characters that arrive and present themselves willingly and openly, the story quickly unfolds and reveals its secrets, leaving you cheering for Kirk and Katherine, and clamoring for more for Ben, Brodie and Elise.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: al conclusions are my own responsibility.