As a writer, I truly believe I find inspiration in all sorts of places; I’ve found it in music, movies, and in other’s written works. There are times where a little pick me up is necessary for me to continue a story, so I’ll turn to a contemporary romance novel, or a mystery thriller novel to help me continue. Recently, I’ve been reading some historical romance novels. These have been my first venture into this sub-genre, and I can definitely say I’ll be back for more!
Perfect Strangers – Rebecca Sinclair
Rating: 4 out of 5
Set in 1603, during the warring years of the Scots and English, a sturdy woman from Queen Elizabeth’s court is to be given to a Scottish Lord in hopes of bridging the gap between the two lands and settling into peace. Only the wrong Lord captures her.
Gabrielle was a plain featured buxom before the good Queen of England took her under her wing. As an adult, Gabrielle is completely devoted to her Queen and is put to the test when Her Majesty commands her to marry Collin Douglas, a Scottish Lord with a large land holding in the barbaric north. The seemingly plain and buxom woman’s dismay is matched only by her pride in forcing herself to carry out her Queen’s wishes until she is captured by the demonizing twin brother of Colin, Connor “The Black” Douglas.
“Were Connor the Douglas she was being forced to wed… Nay, she could not, would not think about it.” – Perfect Strangers by Rebecca Sinclair
“A poor, bereft, sorely grieving widower,” Connor corrected her with a matching grin. “And proud da, o’course. Oh, aye. ‘Tis exactly what I am counting upon, don’t ye ken?” – Perfect Strangers by Rebecca Sinclair
Connor’s heart is as cold as the steel of his blade, or so he portrays. He sets into motion a plan to capture his brother’s bride in hopes of taking her for his own and bearing a son that he so longed for, an heir to the Douglas name. But he doesn’t account for an age old feud between the Douglas and Maxwell clans set on the marriage not to take place, or for his immediate attraction and growing feelings for his forced bride. The plot twists and turns with the growing animosity between clans and the blossoming affection between Connor and Gabrielle, leaving the reading turning the pages vigorously cheering for the foes turned lovers.
“Last night Connor Douglas had claimed her as his own, body and soul, and she’d given herself, all of herself, to him freely. The balladeers may have labeled this man a devil, but he made love like an angel. One kiss, one touch, and her senses soared until she could think of naught but the here and now, of forgetting who he was, who she was, and of only laying in his arms… Ah, yes, forever.”
As my first experience with this subcategory of romance, I can honestly say it has set me on the path to search for more! The plot pulled me in to a world long gone and sent me on a journey that I have never experienced with more modern books. The Scottish dialect was a bit rough a times, but didn’t take away from the story, just made me research a bit more as I read The more than occasional stammer became a bit overused at times, but didn’t take away my attention of the dialog. The main characters were well fleshed as well as most of the minor characters while a few minors could have been developed a bit more, but again it didn’t hurt the storyline. The love scenes were fantastic, very steamy, and the fight scenes were well choreographed and suspenseful. Overall, a wonderful introduction to historical romance!
Great job, Sinclair. I will be back for more!