Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem

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The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton

July 13, 2017 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.

The Highlander’s Accidental Marriage by Callie HuttonThe Highlander's Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #6
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 20, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
She never intended to take a husband...

Scotland, 1817

The Duke of Manchester's sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune-leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband.

When she proclaims they're married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can't bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation...

Now they are bound together until death do they part-even if Sarah has no intention of becoming any man's wife.

Lady Sarah Lacey never wants to have a husband.  She’s convinced a husband will only stifle her dreams of becoming a writer and she enjoys her independence far too much to let a man tie her down.  A catastrophic trip to Scotland to see her married, pregnant sister lands her in the path of Braeden McKinnon.

Professor Braeden McKinnon is Sarah’s sweet-natured rescuer.  He’s intelligent, but just as hard-headed as Sarah.

Well, apparently in nineteenth-century Scotland, marriage is as simple as stating you’re married.  And that’s exactly how Sarah and Braeden end up married to one another – Sarah gets spooked by a funny look from an innkeeper and nervously declares that she’s married to Braeden to lessen the perceived impropriety of their situation.

I was a little annoyed by both Sarah and Braeden.  Both characters had their beliefs and misconceptions about the other that I feel could have been cleared up with a simple conversation.  But no, Sarah does what she wants and Braeden does what he wants and neither bother to compromise with the other until the very end.  It seemed like every major plot point turned on some form of miscommunication, though I’ll give points back for the author creating two very distinct character goals that cannot co-exist, requiring these stubborn characters to actually compromise of their desires like any normal couple.

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The Highlander’s Choice by Callie Hutton

July 17, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★½

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.

The Highlander’s Choice by Callie HuttonThe Highlander's Choice by Callie Hutton
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem #5
Published by Entangled Publishing on June 14, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 195
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
Goodreads
three-half-stars
The Scottish Highlands, 1815

Lady Sybil Lacey is every inch an English woman. She's horrified her best friend is wedding a barbarian Scot. For aren't Scots naught but brutish, whiskey-swilling lechers? So to find herself secretly attracted to the tall and devastatingly handsome Scottish laird of Bedlay Castle is quite disconcerting...

Liam MacBride is convinced that English ladies are silly sassenachs who think of nothing but social events and clothes. So why is he intensely drawn to Lady Sybil? All they do is quarrel . . . until loathing turns into undeniable lust.

A tempestuous, fiery romance between an English lady and a Scottish laird cannot end well.

Miss Sybil Lacey is appalled that her best friend is going through with her arranged marriage to a big Scottish brute.  Scots are naught but large, hulking brawlers drunk on ale and lusting after any woman within reach.  She must accompany her friend to the highlands to offer comfort – and perhaps a quick getaway if her friend comes to her senses and wants to leave.  But Sybil is pleased is discover her friend’s fiancee is not so bad, even if the groom’s friend – Liam MacBride – teases her relentlessly.  Like Sybil, Liam has a warped view of the English – they’re nothing but spoiled, pampered princesses lazing about their houses and chasing the man with the largest fortune into matrimony.  When Liam and Sybil meet, both quickly realize they must put aside their pre-conceived ideas of what it means to be Scottish and English because the attraction between them is too intense to ignore.

Liam and Sybil bicker like two children on a playground – and flirt like children too!  This made for a very entertaining read, although just when I thought these two were finally starting to get over their prejudices, Liam’s mother arrives to stir up more trouble!  Sybil has a sharp wit and strong opinions regarding what she desires in a husband.  No arranged marriage for her!  Sybil refuses to settle for anything less than love and will not be bullied or pushed around by anyone.  Liam was a pleasant surprise as he was quite well read (a Jane Austen fan!), humbly intelligent, and yet still presented as a capable laird and businessman.  I particularly enjoyed Liam and Sybil’s interactions with Liam’s family.

There were a few things that bothered me though.  The biggest was that I didn’t quite understand why  Sybil developed her prejudices against the Scottish people.  It was very well established that Sybil comes from an unconventionally progressive family, so for her to believe that all Scotsmen were drunken, lusty brawlers seemed a little out of character.  I completely understood why Liam (and his clan) had their prejudices against the English, but I just didn’t understand Sybil’s.

That aside, I really enjoyed this installment of the Marriage Mayhem series.  I have not read the other books in the series, so I can say with some confidence that you are able to read this book as a standalone.  There are references made to Sybil’s other family members (whom I assume star in their own books), but enough context is provided that I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

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