Title: Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, Book 1: Triumph and Treasure
Author: Collette Cameron
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Collette Cameron
A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.
A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.
When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.
Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?
Given the circumstances of their marriage, Flynn and Angelina's actions and reactions toward one another were simply amazing to read about. They were open and honest and genuine with each other. Angelina needed that the most, I think, after the man she loved and married in Boston turned out to be a conman and a slave-trader. She didn't want to love another man, didn't want to risk having her heart broken again. Can you blame her? I didn't.
Flynn's broken life had nothing to do with a woman or an unexpected child. The tattered remains of his life were the result of his father's suicide and news that he had gambled everything--the family estate and wealth--to a neighbor, a duke, a devious drunk who believed he held all the cards and could play with other people's lives. His highhandedness was what brought Flynn and Angelina together. If Flynn married her, he would regain his home and wealth, and Angelina would gain a husband and protection for herself and the baby.
Watching these two engage in a battle of wills (not wits) had me on the edge of my seat. I wondered more than once if either would back out of their agreement to marry for a year. I hoped neither would. The chemistry between them gained strength the longer they were together, proving how perfect they were for one another.
Their road to happily ever after was filled with uncertainty even in the face of undeniable attraction. But the hope for more was there as well. Not just in me, but also in the characters. Angelina resisted it longer--I didn't blame her--but Flynn's gentle way with her eventually tore down her need for self-preservation and had her tumbling head-first into love with him.
This was an amazing beginning to a new series by Ms. Cameron. Both Flynn and Angelina had incredible circumstances to rise above; they did it together and triumphed over doubts and fears and distrust to celebrate a love that was worth more than Flynn's home and wealth combined.