All her life, Josselin Ancrum has been trained for combat, hoping to exact vengeance for her heroic mother, who was killed fighting the English. When asked to spy for the Scottish Queen, Jossy joyfully accepts. But when a handsome stranger rescues her from sudden danger, his charm distracts her from her mission.
On the surface, Drew MacAdam may appear to be nothing more than a carefree champion, but his heart harbors a dark secret: This Highland hero is actually a skilled English soldier with a hatred for war and for the Scottish. Yet from the moment he meets the feisty Jossy, he’s captured by her fiercely loyal heart. He’s determined the honey-haired lass will be his ultimate prize – until the tragedy of their entwined legacies is revealed. Are these star-crossed lovers to be divided by their pasts? Or will they be…seduced by destiny?
MY THOUGHTS: This story is set in Scotland in August 1561. The heroine is ninteen year old Josselin Ancrum. She has blond hair and green eyes. She was raised by three men after her parents died. She’s a tavern wench, a.k.a. waitress. The hero is twenty-two year old Drew MacAdam, real name, Andrew Armstrong. He’s got dark hair and blue eyes. When he was only six years old he witnessed something terrible that happened to his father. He was raised by his uncles.
Not a whole lot going on in this story. I didn’t find it interesting at all and it was a chore to get through it. The characters were uninteresting to me from the start. All the hero seemed to do was drink beer and play golf, sometimes with the queen of Scotland! And Josselin was there serving them beer from the beer wagon. Color me crazy but golfing in the 16th century seems a bit odd to me, too modern though I know it obviously was around.
From the time Drew and Josselin, whom he calls ‘Jossy’, met, they were always, coincidentally, at the same place a lot of the time. They bicker a lot, which I didn’t mind. There was instant attraction on Drew’s part but she didn’t seem to be interested at first. The sex scenes were minimal and uninteresting.
Drew has a reunion of sorts with the uncles who raised him but I wasn’t interested in it but that point.
Josselin was asked by Philipe de la Fontaine to become a spy for the Queen and she agreed. I never understood why she was chosen or how that came about in the first place. Why was she the chosen one?
There wasn’t much substance to the story at all. I’ve realized that I don’t like Scottish brogue at all and it ruined my (possible) enjoyment of the story. I was totally unimpressed with this story and grade it a C/3 stars. I don’t think I’d try this author again unless she changes time periods.