Highland Surrender by Tracy Brogan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
She is not too silly (but a little simple most of the time) and he is not too alpha-stupid. There is a forced marriage-of-convenience, a conspiracy plot and a past, unsolved murder.
The enemies-to-lovers storyline is a little uneven in its pacing, the point where they finally fall for each other is a little too sudden. There is the usual to-and-fro and misunderstandings. But all things considered the love story is ok.
I don‘t expect historical accuracy from a romance read, so I am not too fussed, if it isn‘t glaringly obvious. Based on the additional fact checking I did on the side, the major plot points and representation of the historical facts are fairly true to real events.
‘You ask me to pledge loyalty to a man who’d turn on his own mother?”
Myles lifted his head and smiled down at her. “His mother is English. ‘Tis reason enough.”
In case you are wondering—it took me while to work it out— we are in the middle of the 16th century and the reinging monarch is James V of Scotland . He is a contemporary of Henry VIII and the father of Mary, Queen of Scots.
This is an example of a „coranto“, the dance that Fiona danced with… not telling you…
Dempsey Castle, where Fiona goes to live after her wedding, could be Campbell Castle: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castl…
Sinclair Hall is a bit trickier. I am leaning towards Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, but that is a wild guess…
So, bottom line, not bad. I had fun looking up castles and historical details. The love story was ok, the conspiracy plot was ok, Fiona figuring out her life and how she fits into the Campbell clan was ok, too. However, especially there I would have liked a bit more character development and a tad more exploration of her relationship with her mother-in-law and Cedric Campbell, for example. The story telling fell a little flat, I did some skimming in the middle.
I was entertained enough for three stars and would be willing to pick up something else by the author.
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