A career soldier inherits a dukedom and a crumbling Scottish castle. When he travels there to confront the recalcitrant steward, he is unexpectedly captivated by both the place and the steward's sister.
Maj. Gabriel Forrester finds out in the same breath that he is great-nephew to the Duke of Lattimer, that the duke has died, and that he, Gabriel, is the only living heir. He’s forced to leave the Spanish battlefield to sort out his unwanted inheritance, especially his estate in Scotland. When Gabriel reaches the estate, he finds that the steward went missing four years ago, and his fiery sister, Fiona Blackstock, is running things at Lattimer Castle. English soldiers are none too popular at Lattimer, but Gabriel is used to facing down enemies. “This is my first time being in hostile territory that I actually own,” he says. In addition to suspicious tenants and servants, Gabriel must unravel the reason Lattimer has failed to turn a profit in recent years. Is it the overly large household staff, all kinsmen hired by Fiona to save them from poverty? Is it the loyal Maxwell clan, who wants to sabotage Lattimer’s holdings so their own clan chief can buy the property for a good price? Gabriel has every reason to suspect Fiona of being sympathetic to the mischief-makers who have been stealing the estate’s sheep, damaging its irrigation equipment, and putting its flour mill out of commission. But he soon sees that Fiona will be loyal to anyone who puts the interests of the estate’s tenants first—even if that person is English. Enoch’s (Some Like it Scot, 2015, etc.) new No Ordinary Hero series promises to be compelling from beginning to end, if this first installment is any indication.
A thrilling and sexy story about the joy that can be found in doing one’s duty.