Series: Highland Spies

Guest Review: Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

Posted May 7, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Kilts and Daggers by Victoria RobertsReviewer: Tracy
Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies #2
Also in this series: My Highland Spy
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Historical, Scottish
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three-half-stars

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure the Highland captain's company for weeks.

The Laird's Captain of the Guard, Fagan Murray has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Tracy’s review of Kilts and Daggers (Highland Spies #2) by Victoria Roberts

Lady Grace is in the Highlands for her sister Ravenna’s wedding. Grace doesn’t like the Highlands and she wants to go back to England. She misses her sister, however, so is there a month before she’s ready to leave.

She has been butting heads with the Captain of the Guard but when he kisses her she can’t seem to get enough. They keep their kissing trysts a secret but it doesn’t stop Grace and Fagan from arguing constantly. Grace is engaged to a Lord in England and feeling the way she does when Fagan kisses her makes her think that maybe she shouldn’t be marrying for a station in life but more for love and passion.

Grace also believes, now that she found out her sister worked for and her uncle still works for the Crown as spies, that she also wants to work as a spy. She figures, how hard could it be? As much as Ravenna tries to make her see that it’s not a glamorous life Grace is determined. Almost getting kidnapped scares her but as she has no idea why anyone would want to kidnap her she’s set in her ideas about spying.

Grace eventually is on her way home with Fagan and other guards when they are overcome and she is kidnapped she start to rethink just about everything in her life and decides that changes need to be made.

I’ll admit that I don’t normally like romances where the hero and heroine are arguing all the damn time. I find it annoying and ridiculous, but that’s just me. This story, however, got me to actually like the mounting tension between Fagan and Grace and I was looking forward to seeing them get together. I think the difference in this story was due to the fact that even though they were arguing they were kissing in between so we got a bit of a respite. lol

I really enjoyed Fagan’s character in this story. He was stubborn but he cared about those he loved and wanted to take care of them. He was a bit overbearing at times with Grace but frankly she needed that direction in her life.

Grace was a bit of a whiny girl but considering her youth it was understandable. She came to her sense about a lot of things while being held against her will and she was strong enough to realize the mistakes that she’d made and stand up for herself. I had to admire her strength.

Overall a good story that was fun and entertaining.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

This title is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

Posted September 9, 2014 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: My Highland Spy by Victoria RobertsReviewer: Tracy
My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts
Series: Highland Spies #1
Also in this series: Kilts and Daggers
Published by Sourcebooks
Publication Date: September 2nd 2014
Genres: Romance, Historical, Scottish
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four-stars

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?

 

Tracy’s review of My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts

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

This title is available from Sourcebooks Casablanca. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

four-stars

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