Plaid to the Bone

Mia Marlowe
Plaid to the Bone
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Release Date
August 2013
Historical Romance

A bride comes to Bonniebroch. . .

But Cait Grant is hardly dreaming of wedded bliss. For political reasons, she must marry Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch. And then, as a duty to her clan, she must murder him. . .

If only her new husband weren't so devilishly handsome. If only she didn't have to play the loving wife for one long, languorous month. If only she didn't surrender to his softly sensual touch, she would be able to fulfill her duty. If only she didn't fall in love. . .

Book Review by Mary Chen (reviewer)
Sep 28, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
60 people found the following review helpful
Set in the 16th century with the political backdrop of young King James V, two sides are disputing over the right to become regent for the king: Wallace Grant and the Duke of Albany. Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch, is an ardent supporter of the Duke of Albany and has agreed to marry Cait Grant, Wallace Grant's daughter, to end the dispute. Adam was not expecting much from this marriage of convenience, but upon seeing Cait's fiery righteousness and beauty, he begins to believe this match might turn into something more. However, Cait thinks otherwise, as she had taken an oath to murder her husband-to-be!

A charming tale mixed with elements of magic, PLAID TO THE BONE has all the trademarks of Mia Marlowe's humorous and entertaining writing. The characterization is fairly well done, especially with Cait, due to the turmoil she felt between wanting her father's approval and murdering the man she had come to love. Adam saw Cait's vulnerability and loneliness, and sought to gain her respect before her love. In his mind, love is achievable once there is a purpose in mind to do so, and that rings true in this story, in a love gained through time and acceptance of each other.

The secondary characters are delightful as well, especially the wise fool Callum Farquhar, who plays a surprisingly role, and contributed to a comedic ending. Overall, this novella was a fun and light read despite its somewhat somber undertones, and I highly recommend it to all fans of Scottish romance.
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