Devil in Tartan

Julia London
Devil in Tartan
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Harlequin Books
Release Date
February 2018
Book 5 of The Highland Grooms
Historical Romance

Peril and passion on enemy seas…

Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival's ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.

Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He'll lose her forever, unless he's willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Feb 22, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
89 people found the following review helpful
4 stars above the salty sea for DEVIL IN TARTAN.

It's 1752, and Lottie Livingstone's clan needs to get their illegal whisky off of their island before they lose everything. She knows exactly where she can sell it, swiftly setting out in the open seas. Unprepared and fired on by another ship, Lottie makes the decision to board a third ship that comes to help, putting herself and her crew squarely in the path of Aulay Mackenzie. Aulay is in his own dire straights, needing to get his own wares sold so he can help his own clan make ends meet. Blinded by the stunning woman with the white hair who boards his ship with fear for her father's health, he soon finds himself and his crew captured, bound and forced to watch this inept faction try to run his ship. Disgusted by himself and his weakness when it comes to Lottie, Aulay is determined to see the wicked little spitfire and her ragtag group of pirates brought to justice!

I implore authors and publishers of historical romance novels: please cease and desist with the bodice ripper cover art and terrible book names. You've got some good content inside the heavy stock paper, your covers should reflect that! There's been strides made to bring covers into the 21st century…please consider broadening your base of readers by modernizing your looks!

*Stepping off soapbox.*

Beyond the unfortunate cover art situation, the title is super misleading. Lonnie is the wicked wild woman who kicks Aulay's butt, commanders his ship and his heart. "The Devil" is anything but, but Lottie herself certainly could be considered an ornery devil! Their building attraction was yummy, and while it took a while for anything to come to fruition, when the seafarers finally got together, it was delicious. This was a pretty decent story, and while I enjoyed the adventure on the high seas, especially the humorous cast of characters, I wasn't intrigued enough to grab any others in the Highland Grooms series.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; mild violence, no murder.
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