Friday, June 21, 2013

Seducing the Highlander-Michele Sinclair

Seducing the Highlander

Michele Sinclair

Zebra, Jun 4 2013, $7.99

ISBN: 9781420126518

In 1316 at Caereoch Castle, the laird’s married daughter Raelynd declares that the last man and woman standing in the dance contest must kiss. The game is rigged by Raelynd so that her twin sister Meriel and her husband Creven’s twin Craig are the ones kissing as she believes they are in love with one another but don’t know it. Best friends since their respective twins married, Meriel and Craig kiss. To their amazement they feel passion but each denies it afterward. Both fear losing their camaraderie so they talk in private. Craig declares no more kissing while Meriel feels their relationship is shattered as they knew it. She is hurt because she feels he is not honest about his feelings.

Meriel travels to the estate of Craig’s older brother Conor. Craig’s friend Hamish suggests to Meriel they pretend to be falling in love so as to make Craig and his beloved Wyendo jealous. Craig fears Meriel is falling in love with Hamish. Craig and Meriel kiss and discuss their feelings as each fear they lost their best friend to love. They marry but living together proves terrible as domestically they are opposites.

This McTiernay medieval Highlander romance (see Tempting the Highlander for the other twins’ tale) is a delightful family affair. The romance is built on the refreshing premise of a lead couple becoming BFFs because their respective twins marry but one kiss changes their dynamics. Although the after the marriage final quarter of the otherwise engaging storyline feels like well-written amusing padding, readers will enjoy this historical.

Harriet Klausner

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