SCOTLAND, 1819. Brandt Montgomery Pierce is a bastard—and proud of it. Raised by the Duke of Bradburne, Brandt enjoys an uncommon life of privilege. Despite the mystery surrounding his birth, he has wealth and opportunity, and wants nothing more. Especially not a wife.
Lady Sorcha Maclaren, the fiery and scarred daughter of Laird Maclaren, the Duke of Dunrannoch, is desperate to avoid marriage to a loathsome marquess at any cost…even if it means risking a kiss with a handsome stranger at a Scottish border festival.
But after an innocent kiss turns into a scandalously public embrace, Sorcha and Brandt get more than they bargained for—a swift trip to the altar. When danger chases them into the Highlands, and deceit threatens to tear them apart, their only hope will be to surrender…to each other.
Each book in the Lords of Essex series is STANDALONE
This is the first book by these wonderful authors that I have had the immense pleasure of reading. In this book we follow the story of The Beast of Maclarenand an English stable master as they find themselves in a very dangerous situation.
These two characters were not at all what I expected when I started this book, I was quickly surprised and beyond enamored with their story. Brandt’s ability to see Sorcha’s beauty past all her defenses and scars it what made endeared him to my heart. Sorcha’s fast thinking and strength of character are the traits I constantly look for in a heroin. The dangerous predicament they find them in and the team work and trust they build lays a very strong foundation for a friendship and a romance that will last all their lives.
The fierce protective instincts in both of these characters is what I have come to expect from books about Highlanders, and while all of the characters in this book live up to that standard Sorcha and Brandt raise the bar. These characters were well thought out and even more well written, and the dynamics of their story line show case them beautifully. This book was a great read and I am very happy to add these author’s to my list of favorites.