FICTION

Devil in Tartan

HQN: Harlequin. (Highland Grooms, Bk. 4). Feb. 2018. 374p. ISBN 9781335629401. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488078989. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
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Capt. Aulay Mackenzie is never more at home than when he is aboard ship—and never more at sea than when he is on land. He's hoping this voyage to deliver goods to Amsterdam will be enough to salvage his family's fortunes. But a ship on fire and a smaller vessel listing beside it draw his attention from his agenda. Lottie Livingstone has too many decisions to make for one only three and twenty. She isn't actually stealing the Mackenzies' ship (she'll henceforth refer to it as borrowing) nor does she mean to knock its captain unconscious and shackle him in his cabin. Still, her father has been wounded, and she needs to sell her clan's illegal whisky in Denmark in order to save them from ruin on their tiny Scottish island. Lottie's white-haired beauty got her aboard Aulay's ship, but will her wits bring this disaster aright? Can Aulay find forgiveness toward Lottie, or is there something else brewing besides unlawful spirits?
VERDICT Lottie is stronger and cleverer than most men she encounters, and Aulay bears the weight of parental disappointment while this siren captures more than his vessel. London's (Hard-Hearted Highlander) beautiful love story is for all romance collections.

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