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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Plaid to the Bone by Mia Marlowe

Plaid to the Bone (Spirit of the Highlands, #0.5)
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Series: Spirit of the Highlands

Set in the 16th century with the political backdrop of young King James V, two sides are disputing over the right to become regent for the king: Wallace Grant and the Duke of Albany. Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch, is an ardent supporter of the Duke of Albany and has agreed to marry Cair Grant, Wallace Grant's daughter, to end the dispute. Adam was not expecting much from this marriage-of-convenience, but upon seeing Cair's fiery righteousness and beauty, he begins to believe this match might turn into something more. However, Cair thinks otherwise, as she had taken an oath to murder her husband-to-be!

A charming tale mixed with elements of magic, Plaid to the Bone has all the trademarks of Mia Marlowe's humorous and entertaining writing. The characterization is fairly well done, especially with Cair, due to the turmoil she felt between wanting her father's approval and murdering the man she had come to love. Adam saw Cair's vulnerability and loneliness, and sought to gain her respect before her love. In his mind, love is achievable once there is a purpose in mind to do so, and that rings true in this story, in a love gained through time and acceptance of each other.

The secondary characters are delightful as well, especially the wise fool Callum Farquhar, who plays a surprisingly role, and contributed to a comedic ending. Overall, this novella was a fun and light read despite its somewhat somber undertones, and I highly recommend it to all fans of Scottish romance. 

Rating: 4 tulips  

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