Title: Heartbreak and Honor
Series: Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, Book 3
Author: Collette Cameron
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: December 2, 2015
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours
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Abducted by a band of renegade Scots, Highland gypsy Tasara Faas doesn’t hesitate to blacken the eye of her rescuer when the charming duke attempts to steal a kiss. Afterward, Tasara learns she’s the long-lost heiress Alexandra Atterberry and is expected to take her place among the elite society she’s always disdained.
Lucan, the Duke of Harcourt, promised his gravely ill mother he’d procure a wife by Christmastide, but intrigued by the feisty lass he saved in Scotland, he finds the haut ton ladies lacking. Spying Alexa at a London ball, he impulsively decides to make the knife-wielding gypsy his bride despite her aversion to him and her determination to return to the Highlands.
The adversary responsible for Alexa’s disappearance as a toddler still covets her fortune and joins forces with Harcourt’s arch nemesis. Amidst a series of suspicious misfortunes, Lucan endeavors to win Alexa’s love and expose the conspirators but only succeeds in reaffirming Alexa’s belief that she is inadequate to become his duchess.
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As a gypsy, Tasara didn't have to worry about much. She had her family, was well-loved and well cared for. Discovering she is an heiress changes everything. The wandering lifestyle she's known is replaced with rigid society rules. Friends aren't friends. Enemies are enemies. Navigating this life was disconcerting and proved, to her at least, how unsuited she was for the London high society life.
But she had Lucan. Even after being punched by Tasara after rescuing her, Lucan couldn't forget about her. She remained a constant in his mind, a measuring stick for other women who, unfortunately for them, came up lacking. His need to marry is to make his ailing mother happy. But pickings are slim in London's ballrooms as no other woman holds a candle to Tasara.
When Lucan spied Tasara at a ball, it felt like Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene to me. It was a shining moment where both worlds were aligned and everything felt perfect. And then everything went sideways. The attraction that flared to life between Lucan and Tasara in Scotland was still very much alive in England but Tasara's uncertainty as being a good match for Lucan was as well. I loved that she didn't make it easy for him. She could have, you know? Could have given into the attraction, logic be damned, and married him if not for love then as a show of gratitude for all he did for her. Between the rescue in Scotland, trying to unravel the mystery of her disappearance years ago, and keeping her from harm, Lucan did do a lot for her. Yet, it never once felt like he did it begrudgingly.
It's been a while since I've read anything by Ms. Cameron but this story was worth waiting for. Ms. Cameron is known by her loyal followers for injecting humor into everything she writes. Those laugh out loud or chuckle worthy moments lightened the intensity of Lucan and Tasara's story. I loved those moments. This is a wonderfully written with a hero who's too charming for his own good and a heroine too feisty for polite society yet they are perfect for one another.
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master's in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.