Title: Kill or be Kilt Highland Spies Series, book 3
Author: Victoria Roberts
Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish
Story Setting: Sutherland, Scottish Highlands; London, 1613
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published Date: May 3, 2016
About the Story: It’s been three years since Lady Elizabeth Walsingham ended her childish crush on Laird Ian Munro, the fierce Highlander who scared everyone but her. She’s a grown woman now, heading to London to find a proper English gentleman. But when the wild Highland laird walks through the door, she’s that breathless youth all over again.
Ian tries hard to avoid the young lass who’s confounded him for years. But now that they’re attending court, he must keep watch on her night and day. Danger is at every turn and advisors to the Crown are being murdered. Ian soon realizes the girl he’s been protecting is a beautiful lady who needs his help, almost as much as he needs her.
My Thoughts: I’ve had the pleasure of following this series from its beginning. Author Victoria Roberts writes a story filled with suspense, keeping me on the edge of my chair. The scenes whether full of suspense, passion, or playful bantering, are well written, so well, I fully participate with the characters.
I loved how the author didn’t drop any hints about who the antagonist was – the person responsible for the deaths of the Privy Council to the King, how I was entertained by the camaraderie between Laird Ian Munro, Laird Ruairi Sutherland and Fagan Murray, and the bantering between husband and wife where I felt the women always have the upperhand.
Laird Ian had avoided seeing his good friends because all the Walsingham sisters were living at Sutherland. Elizabeth, at 15, had proclaimed her love to him. Elizabeth was now 18 and had turned into a beautiful woman and Laird Ian could help but notice. He wanted to not notice, for he dare not get involved with one because with one you will somehow be entangled with them all! And they were such a force to reckon with any man must be mad to go willingly!
Laird Ian was awkward when dealing with women. He kept on having to apologize to Elizabeth for something he had said, although he knew not what. This created some very funny scenes, particularly when Fagan (a real joker) decides he knows more about women than Laird Ian did.
This dialog takes place when the three men accompany the three elder sisters to London.
“I think this is going to be a long journey.” Fagan glanced around, lowering his voice. “The women—“
“I dare you to finish that sentence, Husband.” Grace stood there with her oval face pointed daintily in the air. Her brownish-gold hair was pulled up on the top of her head, and she wore a green traveling dress. Although all the Walsingham sisters were beautiful, this particular temptress had a bite that could bring a man to his knees. She was nothing but trouble.
Fagan’s eyes widened. “I was only going to say if nae for the women accompanying us, the trip to London would nae be a pleasurable.”
When the lass folded her arms over her chest and cast a look of death upon her husbnad, Ian led the horses away and murmured, “Good luck, my friend.”
“Coward,” said Fagan with a scowl.
Ian fled the scene of the battle before it had even begun. He was far from a coward, but there was no way in hell he was going to stick around for that confrontation. There were several reasons why he was not wed. And right now, he savored every one.
In the final analysis, Ian didn’t have a choice to love Elizabeth. His heart made the choice for him. Just as Elizabeth’s had when she was 15. You may deny the attraction, but love captures you within its net. This series has a lovely set of characters struggling to live during a perilous time in history. Each sister finds their true love. Love a read with suspense, danger, humor and passion? You’ll have it all in this series. I highly recommend introducing yourself to this author’s stories. She is one of my favored authors and I’ll read any book she writes! And I know this series would be absolutely great in audio!
About the Author: Award-winning author Victoria Roberts writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was the recipient of the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice award for Best Medieval Historical Romance for X MARKS THE SCOT, as well as the 2014 BTS Book Reviews Red Carpet award for Best Historical and Best Book of the Year for MY HIGHLAND SPY.
Represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, several local chapters, in addition to being a contributing author to the online magazine CELTIC GUIDE.
Victoria resides in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty two years and their two beautiful children–not to mention one spoiled dog. When she’s not plotting her next Scottish adventure, she’s dragging her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun. Please visit Victoria at VictoriaRobertsAuthor.com.