Friday, March 18, 2016

Jacqueline's review of So I Married a Highlander by Kate McKinley

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of --
So I Married a Highlander (What Happens In Scotland Book 2) by Kate McKinley

Overall star rating --- 3 


About the book:
A Lady’s Rules of Etiquette When Eloping:

1. A lady should never leave a note behind explaining her intentions.
2. If by chance a note has been left behind, a lady must prepare to be hunted down and the ceremony thwarted.
3. In such a case, seeking consolation with a night of excessive drinking will be tempting, but ill advised.
4. And lastly, a lady must never, under any
circumstances, wake up manacled to a deliciously handsome Highlander.

Lady Evelyn Alexander has managed to break all four rules in the space of an evening—and the tall, virile Highlander she accidentally married is only the beginning. Her fiancĂ© has also mysteriously gone missing and the threat of scandal is hot on their heels…

Alec McAllister has no use for a wife, but when he wakes up entwined with the lovely and spirited Evelyn, he’s willing to reconsider. He’ll help her find her fiancĂ©, but when the passions ignite between them, it’s only a matter of time before the Highlander claims what’s his…

Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 22
-- Story & characters -- 5
-- Cover & title -- 8
-- Editing & formatting -- 9
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
The author of this book makes the same mistakes that many other authors make - putting today's morals and social habits into a historical romance. For one thing, I just can't imagine a proper english lady of that time, sister to a duke, eloping to Scotland to get married at a blacksmith shop. One blacksmith shop is busy, and at the other, the smith demands a kiss as payment to marry them. Only a man of low morals and character would do such. Moreover, a lady wouldn't have went off alone to find someplace to get married while her beau took care of the luggage and carriage and such.

When her marriage plans are foiled by friends of her and her brother, she and her friend end up in a common tavern at a table, drinking. Also not something a lady would have done. Then she ends up mysteriously married to the 2nd blacksmith, and the rest of the book is more a chronicle of lust than love or romance.

This reads more like erotica than historical romance. As historical romance, it fails completely. Also, the editing leaves something to be desired. I am being generous in giving it 3 stars.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- erotic historical romance
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- a lot, much more than is usually found in historical romance
Violence rating -- mild

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