An 18th-century widow must remarry to fulfill the terms of her late husband’s will.
Daisy Bristol is the mother of 9-year-old Ellis, Lord Chatwick. Under the terms of her husband’s will, Daisy must remarry within three years of his death or Ellis will be disinherited. Daisy is incensed that her late husband thought her so incapable of managing Ellis’ inheritance and raising him alone, but she has no choice. To escape the fortune hunters in London, she flees with her household to one of Lord Chatwick’s properties, a decrepit hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands. There, she meets a brawny highlander, Cailean, the laird of Arrandale, who lives on the neighboring property. He had his heart broken by an Englishwoman when he was a young man, so he thinks the worst of his new neighbor, especially when she pursues him sexually. Because this is a romance novel (the second in London's Highland Grooms series, following Wild Wicked Scot, 2016), the reader knows that Daisy and Cailean will end up together. The suspense lies in the way they’ll overcome their fears and the very real barriers to their relationship. Daisy is the more interesting character. She behaves like a flibbertigibbet, but she also thinks strategically. She has a tendency to misjudge people because she sees the best in everyone, but in the end, she's good at finding allies and inspires loyalty in those close to her. Cailean is a little more predictable. He’s still sulking from his youthful love affair. He’s duty-bound to help his family and his clan. And he’s unable to resist the advances of a beautiful woman.
The story is absorbing and entertaining, and the author can be forgiven for writing a compelling heroine and a rather humdrum hero.