Bride of a Scottish Warrior

Adrienne Basso
Bride of a Scottish Warrior
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Publisher
Kensington
Release Date
July 2014
ISBN
9781420129045
Genre
Historical Romance

SUMMARY
A union born of duty. . .

Newly knighted Sir Ewan Gilroy needs a dowry and a wife, in that order. Though the widowed Lady Grace plans to enter a convent, squandering so much lush beauty--and such a fortune--would surely be its own sin. Grace will not be easily wooed, despite her family's urging and Ewan's famed charm. She challenges him as no woman ever dared, proving his equal in spirit and in passions. . .

Forged by desire. . .

To atone for her past, Grace vows to never remarry--least of all a brash and reckless warrior. Yet whether defending her honor or stoking desires she hardly knew she possessed, Ewan is a man beyond compare. And as their fragile trust is threatened by treachery, Grace must decide whether to reach for the happiness within her grasp--and fight for the love of her bold Highlander. . .

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Jul 01, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
103 people found the following review helpful
BRIDE OF A SCOTTISH WARRIOR by Adrienne Basso tells a sweet tale of second chances. For the illegitimate son of an earl and a widow to a Scottish laird, second chances are fragile, uncertain and come at a cost. I give BRIDE OF A SCOTTISH WARRIOR three stars.

In the novel, Lady Grace Ferguson lives under a shadow after her actions hasten the death of her mortally wounded husband, the chief of Clan Ferguson. In order to escape the rivalry between his two brothers over who will lead the clan, Grace goes to live with her brother, the chief of Clan McKenna. Despite her brother's persistent matchmaking, Grace's remorse over her role in her husband's passing induces her to return to the convent where she was raised and live the rest of her life in service to God. Only one thing stands in her way: Sir Ewan Gilroy, illegitimate son of an earl, knighted for his service to King Robert, and seeker of a well-dowered bride.

Sir Ewan needs a wealthy bride so he can restore the lands he's been given by the king, but once he meets Grace, no other woman will do. He makes every effort to win her over, but still Grace is determined to return to the convent. Ultimately, Grace is faced with a situation in which she must confide all in Ewan in order to save innocent lives, and she agrees to marry him as his recompense. Little does she know that there are more challenges to their happiness than just her own baggage. Add a stereotypical mother-in-law, illness and a vengeful brother-in-law, and the newlyweds have a difficult row to sow.

Overall, I liked BRIDE OF A SCOTTISH WARRIOR. The characters were sympathetic, and I wanted them to prevail. The plot was what one would expect for the time period--fighting between clans, knights returning home after several years of war, and widespread illiteracy and general ignorance. The various settings were described realistically, and the technical aspects of the story (e.g., medical knowledge, details of daily life) were specific enough to be believable.

The romance was realistic, and the time frame vague enough to support the declarations of love. Graphic love scenes make this appropriate for adults only.

My one issue with the novel was how the structure of the plot affected the pacing of the novel. In most historical romance novels, the template is boy meets girl, one pushes the other away, some challenge between them causes friction and tension, then there is a climactic moment/big to do, and finally the resolution/happily ever after. Here, there are so many obstacles that there is more than one climactic moment, and just when you think there should be a happily ever after, something else happens to disrupt the peace. Truthfully, the structure of this novel is more realistic, but it caused the story to drag for me. While the other aspects of the novel worked for me, this one issue so affected my enjoyment that I had trouble getting to the end.

Overall, BRIDE OF A SCOTTISH WARRIOR delivers a good story, and if you are a fan of medieval romances, you won't want to miss this one. Just be sure to expect some serious realism when it comes to the novel's pace.
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