Title: Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Highlanders
Author: Julia London
Publisher: Harlequin Digital, Dec. 27, 2016 (pre-order available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
Wicked intrigue unfolds as an unlikely marriage leads to a path of risky desire in the lush, green Scottish Highlands
Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Three years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back—except to relive the moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s passionate embrace. But as their respective countries’ fragile unity threatens to unravel, Margot must return to her husband to uncover his role in the treachery before her family can be accused of it.
Red-haired, green-eyed Margot was Arran’s beautiful bride. Her loss has haunted him, but her return threatens everything he has gained. As the Highland mists carry whispers of an English plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. But even as their secrets tangle together, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight into danger.
Margot was a spoiled daughter of an Earl, she was naïve but beautiful. When her father saw a chance to make a profitable alliance with a “barbaric” Scot he didn’t even consider Margot’s wishes. Married, this teenager was thrust into a culture she couldn’t comprehend, a society that disapproved of her being English and a husband who wasn’t prepared to cater to her insecurities or whims. After four months and yet another row with Arran, her husband, she left for her father’s home where she stayed for 4 years. That is until her father insisted she return to her husband and find evidence of his treason.
This is the first book in Julia London’s “Highland Grooms” series. A terrific start! The characterizations of all the characters is spot on and well developed. The story is filled with sizzling chemistry between Arran and Margot. There is a well-developed arc of Margot going from naïve teenager to a take charge strong woman. This book is elegantly written and very entertaining. It is a long book and it does slow down a bit in the middle but otherwise it is action packed and a hang on for the ride book. The sexual tension is what holds these two protagonists together until they learn to fall in love.