Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her.
Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.
When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage.
Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?
|I normally don’t read these types of books, but I met the author and was given the book so I dove in and gave it a chance. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The story is full of action, there is plenty of description to make you feel that you are either in the countryside of Scotland or eating at the table with the family and friends. The two main characters, Isobel and Yancy are well defined in this book with a little back story that you get caught up on the history between them. Isobel is an educated women for the time and is looking for a man that looks at her as an equally, not one that only sees her looks, and breeding qualities. She enjoyed to be stimulated by heated discussion of politics, or the goings on of the day, and also a good game of chess which did not happen very often. Yancy who is attracted to Isobel is still surprised at each one of his attempts of wanting to be with her. Even when she beats him at chess he is more attracted to her. Not understanding why he is being turned down everything begins to change when she is kidnapped by mistake and instead of waiting for more men he rides off to go find her. This is where the story for me really took off. So I won'’ give you any more details. Read the book to find out if she gets rescued. A wonderful story that I must caught me up in the story and characters that I was sorry the book came to an end. Could have read more. That is when I know for me that it was a good book. I got this book from the author. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com