Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

Kilts and Daggers 
by Victoria Roberts
Series:  Highland Spies #2
Pub Date:  May 5, 2015
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages:  320
Format:  eBook
Source:  Purchased

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Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.

Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate. 

The second installment of the Highland Spies series continues with family members of the main characters from My Highland Spy. This story revolves around Grace, Ravenna's sister, and Fagan, the captain of the Sutherland guard. We met Grace briefly in book one - she is the spoiled and opinionated eldest of Ravenna's younger sisters. Fagan's charm and wit was a show stealer at times in the first book, and those characteristics continued to be displayed in Kilts and Daggers.

The action and danger in this book were fantastic. Mercenaries have been hired to abduct Grace due to her family connections, and Fagan is tasked with getting her home to England. Their perilous journey has many ups and downs, and their hate for each other turns to passion the longer they remain in each other's company. Fagan proves to be an honorable man and very set in those ways. He will do what his honor demands whether Grace wants him to or not. As for Grace, I didn't really care for her as a character. She was too naive, hard-headed and judgmental for me, and she said some hurtful things to Fagan. I got so tired of her self-righteous complaining! (This has nothing to do with the writing, but Grace is just one of those characters that I didn't get along with.) I was glad that we got to see more Ruairi and Ravenna in this book, and the antics between Kat and Torquil delighted me. Those were all favored characters (along with Angus and Fagan) from My Highland Spy.

Overall, Victoria Roberts continues to produce entertaining historical stories with the perfect mix of action, adventure and romance. I am always drawn to her books by her vibrant covers and I have never once been disappointed. I can't wait for Elizabeth and Ian's story to come out in 2016.

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