My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies #1
Also in this series: Kilts and Daggers
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
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This Highland Laird won't bow to the Crown Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do-he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.
But this lady spy might make him...Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess-a job easier said than done-she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
If she doesn't betray him first Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?
Ravenna, who lives in London with her siblings, is a spy for the crown. Her parents were spies before her and she is keeping up the family tradition. She’s not thrilled when she hears that she’s being sent to the Highlands to spy on a laird. She will act as his son’s governess and try to see what’s up with the laird and the clan.
Ruairi Sutherland was supposed to send his young son to Edinburgh to be taught to speak English and to be taught English ways. Ruairi states that his wife is gravely ill and he cannot comply. Because of this the King is sending a governess that will teach his son English.
Ravenna is shocked when she meets Ruairi. He is handsome and not a barbarian at all – she’s been told that all highlanders are barbarians. She immediately takes a liking to the man but knows that nothing can come of that lust as she’s spying on him.
As the weeks pass Ravenna comes to fall in love with Ruairi’s son, Torquil, and she fears she’s falling in love with Ruairi as well. She’s knows that Ruairi is a good man and would not bear arms against the Crown but she knows he’s hiding something. When strange people are seen around the clan lands and then tragedy strikes, Ravenna is determined to find out what’s going on. Unfortunately her sister, who doesn’t know she’s a spy, may be the one person who can blow her cover.
This was a good story. I really liked both Ruairi and Ravenna a lot individually and together they were even better. There were also secondary characters – the captain of the guard as well as Torquil, Ruairi’s son made the story that much better.
I did feel that they lust/attraction happened pretty damned quickly. It happened almost immediately and that was a bit of a shock. The whole book takes weeks and weeks, I believe, but the way it was told I had a hard time getting a grasp on the exact timeline. I think that we could have gotten a bit more in depth with the love relationship in the time allotted and that would have solidified it all for me that much more.
Despite that issue I really liked the book and will definitely be reading the next in the series.
Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5