London, England 1753 The honest and straight forward Englishman, Alexander Sloane, is the Undersecretary to the Undersecretary Duke of Newcastle. In other words, he is a barrister who has been diligently toward a promotion as a judge in the financial courts, including a title as a Baron too. He now has been given a rare job opportunity by the Magistrate, Mr. Fieldings, which is a bit more exciting and colorful than working on his Bow Street’s financial reports. He was expecting some type of financial reports needing calculating, however Alexander is quite appalled with the details of this job which is far from honest. This job entails being able to decipher a Jacobite ledger and spy on an innocent Scottish woman, who is suspected of being a Scottish sympathizer with no proof or evidence. He is promised that his dream job as a Court of the Exchequer, to be a judge in the financial courts and becoming Baron Sloane will become a reality and happen a lot faster. Plus it is a position he has never experienced in his life, which makes him very uncomfortable. This is to be top secret and highly confidential where this information can’t be shared with anyone not his employer, the Duke! However, the honest and straight forward Alexander Sloane who sees everything as black or white, is very disappointed and uncomfortable with this new assignment which he adamantly refused! Especially when he realized this Scottish woman, Cecelia MacDonald is not even a suspected criminal! As she only appears to be a demirep by all appearances, except this magistrate is dishing out bribes and extortion toward Alexander where he has the power to totally ruin him! So he basically is between a rock and a hard place, having no choice but to honor the Magistrate’s twisted requests! This job entails being able to spy on an innocent woman and decipher a Jacobite ledger. He is to find some useful information, as his dream job as a Court of the Exchequer, to be a judge in the financial courts will become a reality and happen a lot faster if he does these required assignments. He is afraid to think of what would happen without any information for this twisted magistrate! Cecelia MacDonald’s home was destroyed during the uprising, and her father was taken as a prisoner. Luckily Clanranold took her in which is connected to her clan, as Clan Macdonald of Clanranald. They are one of their strongest allies and took her in and welcomed her with open arms, when she was homeless and destitute. So when the English stole their ancient ceremonial sgian-dubh (black handled dagger) she was determined to return it to her clan in Arisaig. The problem is the ancient ceremonial sgian-dubh is heavily guarded and protected by the English monarchy! Cecelia is also part of a women’s league with the aid of about a half a dozen women. They discover lost treasures that Cumberland’s soldiers stole during the uprising and return the items to their rightful owners. These brave women also help Scottish people who are suffering and forced to live in poverty in England. So they get them whatever is needed like food, clothing and medical supplies to help the poor and suffering Scottish people who are in England. If readers of the first book, “The Scot Who Loved Me,where Cecelia had assisted Anne and Will escape the clutches of the evil Countess of Denton! What Alexander wasn’t expecting that this woman is the most beautiful, smart, witty, honest and desirable woman he has ever met! He begins to see things are not as clear and honest as he had originally thought. Now he begins to understand the Scottish side of things, in addition their attraction is very mutual, but they also both find themselves in very dangerous circumstances that could end their lives! Will this Scottish woman ever open her heart and let love lead her destiny? Will this man who also felt his occupation was more important than any entanglement realize he has found his soulmate and the love of his life? Can two enemies bury the hatred of the past? Read. I gave an honest review through netgalley.
I enjoyed Alexander and Cecelia romance. The tension and attraction between this duo was absolutely breathtaking. I'll be honest and admit that I wish there had been a bit more actual heat here but in spite of that lack I found this couple well matched and easy to root for. I thought that the writing was solid and the storyline was entertaining. All together, a very good read. I am freely posting a frank review.