Charming the Shrew

Laurin Wittig
Charming the Shrew
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Montlake Romance
Release Date
February 2013
Book 1 of The Legacy of MacLeod
Historical Romance

Returning home to the Scottish Highlands after battling the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero's welcome—and a shocking ultimatum. In order to take his place as heir to the chiefdom of Culrain, he must choose a wife within the month or have one chosen for him. Angered by his family's decree, Tayg delays the inevitable by volunteering for a mission for the king that takes him deep into the Highlands. Preoccupied by his marital obligation, the brooding warrior sets out with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him...

Catriona MacLeod is known throughout the Highlands as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she's told that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a man she has good reason to hate, she flees into the Scottish wilderness, determined to seek the king's intervention in her plight. When she reluctantly joins forces with a handsome traveler, she cannot anticipate the treacherous plot that will soon embroil them—nor the passion that will ignite between them.

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Jul 28, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
89 people found the following review helpful
Author Laurin Wittig takes readers on a Scottish adventure in CHARMING THE SHREW. From secret identities to political intrigue, this is one romp through the highlands that you won't want to miss.

The last thing Tayg Munroe wants is a wife, in spite of his mother's efforts to change his mind. When he gets a chance to deliver a message for the king, he sees it as an escape route.

Meanwhile, Catriona MacLeod is on the run to escape a forced marriage. Known far and wide for her shrewish nature, she is planning to seek refuge with her aunt.

When these two meet in a chance encounter, the sparks start flying. The verbal sparring between Cat and Tayg is not only amusing, but it quickly shows how she got the description of being a shrew.

The storyline has a good dose of passion, but it is well integrated without seeming forced or intrusive. While this is first and foremost a romance novel, there is plenty of attention paid to the historical development.

It was interesting to see how Cat's character evolved throughout the story. Rather than a meek, quiet woman, she is used to taking charge and can even hold her own in a snowball fight. The title is especially appropriate since it is unlikely that she could ever be tamed.

There's enough Scottish flavor so you know it's a historical romance, but nothing that makes it difficult to read.
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