Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

May 5, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Kilts and Daggers by Victoria RobertsKilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 5, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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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.

Lady Grace Walsingham wishes to follow in the footsteps of her elder sister and beloved Uncle and become an accomplished spy for the Crown.  Unfortunately, her sister had the great audacity to fall in love with  barbaric highlander, so instead of convincing her sister to teach her the skills necessary to be a spy, Grace must attend the wedding and act like the proper, demur English rose she was raised to be.  A bit hard to do when faced with the frustrating, infuriating hulking brute that is Fagan Murray, captain of the highland guard.

Grace and Fagan battle wits and words like cats and dogs.  Or perhaps like small children on the playground.  Always sniping at each other to mask the growing affection and respect.  And I loved the injection of rich detail into the narrative – enough to really set the scene or keep the action moving but not so much that the reader was overwhelmed or lost the plot.  Characters, especially Grace and Fagen, are complex and realistic with a charming set of flaws and quirks.  Poor Grace is torn between doing what she was raised to think was “proper” and doing what her heart really tells her she wants.  Similarly, Fagan is dumbfounded to discover he has feelings for the snobby English girl and spends a few chapters trying to figure out what he will do with these new emotions.

While it would help set a better context for certain parts of KILTS AND DAGGERS if you’ve read the first in this series (MY HIGHLAND SPY), it is not necessary to enjoy this book too.  You’ll definitely want to pick this up if you enjoy a great romance set in the Scottish Highlands.

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