What Gavin St. James wants most in life is to be emancipated from the Mackenzie name and family and he sees the way to do that is through acquiring the Erradale property currently owned by absent heir Alison Ross. She’s lived in America since her father was killed by Hamish Mackenzie the elder and Gavin has found a loophole where he can get the land if she doesn’t return and live in Scotland for a year. Samantha Masters meets Alison in the most unusual and dangerous circumstances that created trust in a matter of moments. Samantha needs to quickly leave America to escape her past and as Alison has no interest in going back to Scotland, she engages her to assume her identity and return in her stead. That sets the stage for even more interesting events to come.
Have I said lately how much I love this series? Only every month when I read another book with our group. This time it’s Gavin at the center, Liam Mackenzie’s half brother who diddled with his first wife. So, we already know he’s no saint but, as with the other Victorian Rebels, we know he has other redeeming qualities that has us rooting on his behalf. Samantha lands in Scotland with Gavin putting on the pressure for her to sell her land to him but he was unprepared to be so utterly captivated by the coarse but resourceful young woman.
There’s so much more that happens in this story but rather than have me tell it, you should read it for yourself. I adored both Gavin and Samantha but loved them even more when they were together. Both have private agendas but Samantha’s are pretty explosive. Their encounters are lively and they are surrounded by a host of even more colorful and interesting characters that provide humor, intrigue, heartbreak and excitement. The narrator just continues to nail these stories and characters and I am still in awe of how well Derek Perkins captures the nuances of them all. I’m thrilled my library has all of the audiobooks because listening to these stories is a delicious experience, making great stories fantastic. Word of caution though…Samantha’s salty language adds quite a lot surprising spice.
- Release Date: October 3, 2017
- Series: Victorian Rebels #5
- Narrator: Derek Perkins
- Audio Length: 12 hours, 13 minutes
- Publisher: Tantor Audio