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Nce to control her own future Breghan makes a deal with the Devil Passion uickly turns to love but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass or making her a mother He loves her too much to lose her But when a treasonous plot threatens ueen and country Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his side. To find this review and others visit Carina PressPublished February 6 2012ISBN 9781426893162Genre Historical RomanceMay I just say that I loved this novel I didn't feel disappointed at any point during it Claire Robyns' weaves a tale that has you unable to put the book down from the start She's created vivid and lively characters that complement each other wellThe BlurbRaised on rumours of The Devil of Jedburgh Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast The arrogant border laird is not the romantic sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of despite the heat he stirs within herIn need of an heir Arran has finally agreed to take a wife but when he sees Breghan's fragile beauty he's furious He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child Lust prompts him to offer a compromise necessary precautions and handfasting for a year and a day after which Breghan will be free For a chance to control her own future Breghan makes a deal with the DevilPassion uickly turns to love but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass or making her a mother He loves her too much to lose her But when a treasonous plot threatens ueen and country Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his sideMy TakeBreghan right from the beginning you can tell she's independent and full of life and imagination and even when confronted with her biggest fear being married to the Devil of Jedburgh just one of many names her betrothed has all referring to how evil he is she takes him on only to find that though he can be infuriating he really isn't evil and is in fact just what she's been looking for herArran what can I say about him he's sexy and kind and authoritative and totally alpha without being too overbearing You can truly feel his emotions and love for Bree and see his mind and heart tearing him in two different directions as he realizes that because he doesn't want to hurt her or see her killed he can't bear to be apart from her either Both are afraid to fall for each other knowing that eventually they'll have to part ways and I enjoyed the experience of watching these two grow both individually and as a coupleThis story kept you turning the pages and I don't believe I found a dull moment in it at all If I did then all the great parts far outweighed the dull parts so much so that they've left my mind The author has a gift with words and the perfect voice for a historical romance Normally I have a hard time reading historical's that take place in Scotland due to the fact that some authors go a little heavy on the accents of their characters to the point of distraction Ms Robyns did not She weaved just enough of their accents in so that you could hear the voices in you head and still enjoy the story The brief side stories of Bree's ladies maids finding their own romances were cute and charming and did not take away from the main storyline at all I for one cannot wait for another story by Ms Robyns My Rating 45 Lattes

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The only thing worse than being hand fasted to the Devil of Jedburgh was falling in love with him Raised on rumors of The Devil of Jedburgh Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast The arrogant border laird is not the romantic sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of despite the heat he stirs within her. I really enjoyed this one provided by netgalley What's not to like about a hottie in a plaid Even the cover's hot although I'll be honest I don't think they really went in for chest waxes in those daysThe plot was a leetle bit formulaic Scottish hottie seeks bride marries into the clan next door to resident spitfire we follow their attempts to make it work etc etc but there were a couple of things that made this much enjoyable than that cynical synopsis try saying that with your mouth full let's onNow I had to admit about 50% of the way in I was pondering to myself I really hope this one comes up with a interesting way to finish this book than I think it is After the heroine and hero settle into life in his place start coming to terms with one another and she's lost her cherry and decided that having sex with a super hunk isn't actually half bad I really couldn't figure out how this book was going to hold my interest Well this author came up with a really good way of doing just thatThe author uses the historical aspect really really well She's got it right that in Scotland both the Highlanders and those on the Borders with England were considered eually fearsome eually aggressive and eually uncontrollable It was the ones who inhabited the areas around Edinburgh Perth Stirling Glasgow who were considered the most civilized Our hero is a Border lord with the E of an ant and a body to lust overAlso the author makes some of the best use of real historical figures that I've read She effortlessly weaves Mary ueen of Scots her husband King Henry Darnley and the Earl of Moray Mary's far effective half brother into the plot in a way that is probably as fair as I've seen She doesn't fall into the old Mary ueen of Scots Is A Tart line and she makes Darnley as insecure as a spoilt teenage boy is The hero isn't just prancing around on the side of all this political mayhem either the author has taken a very specific event in history and plonked the hero front and center and focuses just on his experience of what happens It's really great stuffI also love how the hero has some hang ups about childbirth Too many historicals just pretend that childbirth was as it is today when it was incredibly dangerous I just checked that one study suggests that between 1400 and 1800 women had a 1 3% chance of dying with each birth and since they averaged about 5 births then about 10% died directly as a result of childbirth That's a grim figure No wander so many women wanted to be nuns Now I did have one gripe about this book I just couldn't stand the heroine I had two issues with her First off and most irritatingly she was a spoilt brat She wanted absolutely everything her own way and even when she got her own way she was horrible Apparently she was beautiful but I just couldn't shake the mental picture of her being like a Tudor Naomi Campbell all pouty lips sour face and raging temper tantrums This was Scotland in the 1500s for heaven's sake she belonged to her father That's how it was Even better for her her Dad thinks the sun shines out of her backside despite being a wicked little selfish madam so she got an easy ride Couldn't the little witch just be happy with thatThe other issue was that I couldn't help thinking how much I would have enjoyed this one if the heroine hadn't been a spitfire but just an intelligent woman of her times who actually knew when to keep her trap shut and could actually influence her husband rationally rather than hitting his chest all the time But I suspect that the highland historical romance WITHOUT the heroine as spitfire trope doesn't actually exist Please let me know if I'm wrongAnyway 4 stars despite all my grumbling and if you want to know about the Stewarts who really were an interesting flawed family with than one or two naughty members over the years check out The Royal Stuarts A History of the Family That Shaped BritainIt's available to buy NOW

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In need of an heir Arran has finally agreed to take a wife but when he sees Breghan's fragile beauty he's furious He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child Lust prompts him to offer a compromise necessary precautions and hand fasting for a year and a day after which Breghan will be freeFor a cha. I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley This review does not include any mention of spelling andor grammatical errorsThis book seems at first glance simply a historical romance like so many others yet it appealed to me for two reasons a strong minded strong willed female MC and an eually stubborn pigheaded male MC Arran aka the Devil of Jedburgh Laird of the Kerrs must marry to produce an heir His search for a wife is not defined by love but by finding a woman strong enough to not die while giving birth He has heard of the McAllen's wife's proclivity to bear lots of strong strapping sons and assumes that the lone daughter the last born will thus also be able to produce his heir without dying in the process Apparently even the Scots in the middle of the 16th century had an idea of genetics On his ride to fetch his promised bride he chances upon Breghan who's run off so she won't have to marry Arran since the stories she's heard about him don't paint a pretty picture While she recognizes him he does not and she doesn't correct him when he assumes she's a lady's maid Rumors abound about Arran having killed four wives and his own mother about him being cruel and heartless and in cahoots with the devil Who would want to marry such a man rightUpon learning who Bree really is Arran insists on a handfasting instead of a marriage which binds Breghan to him for a year and a day He's half mad with want for her yet refuses to risk impregnating her since she's in his eyes too fragile to bear children Obviously he can't marry her since she won't be able to give him heirs Arrogant know it all male Check The book progresses much like a typical historical romance with rather witty bantering dialogue between the two MCs and a fair amount of intimate encounters as Arran sets about wooing his reluctant wife and simultaneously despising himself for doing so He wants her in his bed but also knows that he can't keep her and mustn't get her pregnant Some of the book deals with the prevention of unwanted pregnancy and the author seems to have spent some time researching this information as indicated in the afterword Between the amusing banter and the well researched historical facts around the reign of Mary ueen of Scots this is a very entertaining read At the same time you can see the characters grow towards each other to finally confess their love There are moments when my heart broke for Arran for the pain he experienced early in his adulthood that shaped him into the man he is now and the reason why he's so deathly afraid of losing his wife if she were to become pregnant There is a huge breach of trust that Bree commits toward the last third of the book which then fortuitously serves as the breakthrough these two need to get past Arran's fears and end the discussion about Bree's leaving after the handfasting period is over The book is well written with good forward movement and emotional descriptions of not only the female but also the male character I held my breath I laughed I cheered I feared right along with them Their final scenes made me tear up It's a good author who can evoke those kinds of strong emotions while I'm reading A few things I wasn't too happy about the average male height during the 1500s was approx 5'8 For any woman during that time period to produce 12 sons who all stand over 6' sorry that's research fail I understand that all romance males must be strapping broad shouldered hunky specimen but it's not historically accurate the location of the hymen In so many romance books including this one the authors write the defloration as the male organ entering the female channel to some extent before breaking the barrier That simply is not correct A uick search on Google will tell you exactly where the hymen is located and half way up isn't it This myth is perpetuated again and again and it's one of my pet peeves I'm sure there is a romantic reason for why it's written this way but it eludes me Overall this was a great read for a rainy afternoon or a sunny day at the beach I enjoyed spending time with Arran and Breghan and will be searching out this author for of her work I think you would too


10 thoughts on “The Devil of Jedburgh

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this one provided by netgalley What's not to like about a hottie in a plaid? Even the cover's hot although I'll be honest I don't think they really went in for chest waxes in those daysThe plot was a leetle bit formulaic Scottish hottie seeks bride marries into the clan next door to resident spitfire we follow their attempts to make it work etc etc but there were a couple of things that made this much enjoyable than that cynical synopsis try saying that with your mouth full let's onNow I had to admit about 50% of the way in I was pondering to myself I really hope this one comes up with a interesting way to finish this book than I think it is After the heroine and hero settle into life in his place start coming to terms with one another and she's lost her cherry and decided that having sex with a super hunk isn't actually half bad I really couldn't figure out how this book was going to hold my interest Well this author came up with a really good way of doing just thatThe author uses the historical aspect really really well She's got it right that in Scotland both the Highlanders and those on the Borders with England were considered eually fearsome eually aggressive and eually uncontrollable It was the ones who inhabited the areas around Edinburgh Perth Stirling Glasgow who were considered the most civilized Our hero is a Border lord with the E of an ant and a body to lust overAlso the author makes some of the best use of real historical figures that I've read She effortlessly weaves Mary ueen of Scots her husband King Henry Darnley and the Earl of Moray Mary's far effective half brother into the plot in a way that is probably as fair as I've seen She doesn't fall into the old Mary ueen of Scots Is A Tart line and she makes Darnley as insecure as a spoilt teenage boy is The hero isn't just prancing around on the side of all this political mayhem either the author has taken a very specific event in history and plonked the hero front and center and focuses just on his experience of what happens It's really great stuffI also love how the hero has some hang ups about childbirth Too many historicals just pretend that childbirth was as it is today when it was incredibly dangerous I just checked that one study suggests that between 1400 and 1800 women had a 1 3% chance of dying with each birth and since they averaged about 5 births then about 10% died directly as a result of childbirth That's a grim figure No wander so many women wanted to be nuns Now I did have one gripe about this book I just couldn't stand the heroine I had two issues with her First off and most irritatingly she was a spoilt brat She wanted absolutely everything her own way and even when she got her own way she was horrible Apparently she was beautiful but I just couldn't shake the mental picture of her being like a Tudor Naomi Campbell all pouty lips sour face and raging temper tantrums This was Scotland in the 1500s for heaven's sake she belonged to her father That's how it was Even better for her her Dad thinks the sun shines out of her backside despite being a wicked little selfish madam so she got an easy ride Couldn't the little witch just be happy with that?The other issue was that I couldn't help thinking how much I would have enjoyed this one if the heroine hadn't been a spitfire but just an intelligent woman of her times who actually knew when to keep her trap shut and could actually influence her husband rationally rather than hitting his chest all the time But I suspect that the highland historical romance WITHOUT the heroine as spitfire trope doesn't actually exist Please let me know if I'm wrongAnyway 4 stars despite all my grumbling and if you want to know about the Stewarts who really were an interesting flawed family with than one or two naughty members over the years check out The Royal Stuarts A History of the Family That Shaped BritainIt's available to buy NOW


  2. says:

    Breghan's father has promised her hand in marriage to a neighboring laird with a fierce reputation Arran is known as the Devil of Jedburg for his ruthlessness his skill in battle and a string of terrible rumors that follow his family Breghan is a headstrong young woman with her own ideas of how she wants to spend her future Ideas that don't have anything to do with a wild beast of a man She runs away but only manages to incense her husband to be Instead the marriage everyone expected the two become handfasted for a year and a dayDespite the fact that Breghan drives him crazy Arran becomes uite taken with her He uses their time together to become her lover But he is terribly afraid of getting her pregnant His father went through wife after wife who died in childbirth and believes Breghan would meet the same fateIt's only a matter of time before these two are truly in love with each other but Arran cannot see reason His fears rend him unable face a future with Breghan and leaves everyone wondering how the relationship can make itThe story is set on the backdrop of some Scottish royal intrigue But the real draw is the evolution of our main characters I have to admit Arran did get on my nerves from time to time with his overbearing ways but I tried to remind myself of the time frame in which the book is set He makes for a pretty sexy hero and it was very gratifying to watch him slowly drop his defenses with BreghanThe direction of the plot is pretty predictable If the guy's big issue is fear over pregnancy it's no big leap to guess what's going to happen and how it will all turn out But I did enjoy getting there And I was surprised to find I also liked the little side plot of Arran's brutish friend and Breghan's maid Plus there were kilts And a hint of a brogue 3 12 stars ARC Provided by NetGalley


  3. says:

    Arran is on his way to claim his bride when he is side tracked by a girl found hiding along the road One of his men stabbed her thinking she was a boar The girl is actually his betrothed who was running away from the pending marriage due to his reputation as the Devil Every choice she makes from then on spirals her fate downward I got so caught up thinking geez shut your mouth Everytime she started she ended up sticking her foot in her mouth getting into trouble with higher priced conseuences I was so frustrated with the both of them that I wanted to shake them This story was not the kind of frustrating that took away from the story with the back and forth that just goes no where has an HOA at the end This had a build up of murphey's law choices had a constant roll to the story It was great I cannot wait to read


  4. says:

    This is my 1st book by Claire Robyns and it was a very good book from start to end This is a read in a day kind of book It was hard to put down I really enjoyed this book and was entertained with their characters as well as their interactions There are many humorous parts that will have you chuckling So I highly recommend this novel then judge for yourself if you liked it or not Great book to read about Scottish Highlands I would like to thank the publishers and the folks at Net Galley for making this advance copy available to me for review


  5. says:

    I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley This review does not include any mention of spelling andor grammatical errorsThis book seems at first glance simply a historical romance like so many others yet it appealed to me for two reasons a strong minded strong willed female MC and an eually stubborn pigheaded male MC Arran aka the Devil of Jedburgh Laird of the Kerrs must marry to produce an heir His search for a wife is not defined by love but by finding a woman strong enough to not die while giving birth He has heard of the McAllen's wife's proclivity to bear lots of strong strapping sons and assumes that the lone daughter the last born will thus also be able to produce his heir without dying in the process Apparently even the Scots in the middle of the 16th century had an idea of genetics On his ride to fetch his promised bride he chances upon Breghan who's run off so she won't have to marry Arran since the stories she's heard about him don't paint a pretty picture While she recognizes him he does not and she doesn't correct him when he assumes she's a lady's maid Rumors abound about Arran having killed four wives and his own mother about him being cruel and heartless and in cahoots with the devil Who would want to marry such a man right?Upon learning who Bree really is Arran insists on a handfasting instead of a marriage which binds Breghan to him for a year and a day He's half mad with want for her yet refuses to risk impregnating her since she's in his eyes too fragile to bear children Obviously he can't marry her since she won't be able to give him heirs Arrogant know it all male? Check The book progresses much like a typical historical romance with rather witty bantering dialogue between the two MCs and a fair amount of intimate encounters as Arran sets about wooing his reluctant wife and simultaneously despising himself for doing so He wants her in his bed but also knows that he can't keep her and mustn't get her pregnant Some of the book deals with the prevention of unwanted pregnancy and the author seems to have spent some time researching this information as indicated in the afterword Between the amusing banter and the well researched historical facts around the reign of Mary ueen of Scots this is a very entertaining read At the same time you can see the characters grow towards each other to finally confess their love There are moments when my heart broke for Arran for the pain he experienced early in his adulthood that shaped him into the man he is now and the reason why he's so deathly afraid of losing his wife if she were to become pregnant There is a huge breach of trust that Bree commits toward the last third of the book which then fortuitously serves as the breakthrough these two need to get past Arran's fears and end the discussion about Bree's leaving after the handfasting period is over The book is well written with good forward movement and emotional descriptions of not only the female but also the male character I held my breath I laughed I cheered I feared right along with them Their final scenes made me tear up It's a good author who can evoke those kinds of strong emotions while I'm reading A few things I wasn't too happy about the average male height during the 1500s was approx 5'8 For any woman during that time period to produce 12 sons who all stand over 6' sorry that's research fail I understand that all romance males must be strapping broad shouldered hunky specimen but it's not historically accurate the location of the hymen In so many romance books including this one the authors write the defloration as the male organ entering the female channel to some extent before breaking the barrier That simply is not correct A uick search on Google will tell you exactly where the hymen is located and half way up isn't it This myth is perpetuated again and again and it's one of my pet peeves I'm sure there is a romantic reason for why it's written this way but it eludes me Overall this was a great read for a rainy afternoon or a sunny day at the beach I enjoyed spending time with Arran and Breghan and will be searching out this author for of her work I think you would too


  6. says:

    Reviewed By BlackTulip for Booked UpThe story takes place in the Scottish Lowlands in a context of high instability and open rebellion The reign of Mary ueen of Scots was marked with murder and scandal her court was a viper's nest where betrayal and plot were commonplace and where murder was often the easiest and uickest way to erase obstacles along the way to powerThe superb opening scene definitely gives the tone for the rest of this compelling story that keeps you in suspense page after pageTwo prominent families loyal to the ueen made a pledge one day Breghan McAllen and Arran Kerr of Ferniehurst would have to marry In a week's time Breghan will be the wife of the Devil that haunts her nightmares and Arran Kerr has even terrible and frightening names attached to him Breghan is the only daughter in a family populated with twelve brothers she was rather spoiled but not to the point of being capricious She's only young impulsive and a bit wild Their first unexpected encounter is dramatic and explosive and it's only the beginningArran has need of sons to inherit the land and responsibility and that's why he wants Breghan whose mother produced a dozen sons without apparent problem; well that's what he thought until he saw BreghanBreghan had romantic ideas about the man who would love and cherish her; but there would be no companionable nights before a fire here because Arran Kerr is a devil and a beastBefore they met they both had strong views about their future but now that they have met it has become much complicatedThese are very harsh times where some brutal acts will demand even brutal retribution but thank God there are also some moments of softness There's a deeply moving paragraph in the middle of the story that says Do you believe in love Arran? Breghan asked softly Do you believe there can be between a man and woman than practicalities and necessities? Have you ever wondered if there's someone out there who could make your heart beat faster with a mere look who could take your breath away with a simple caress who could fill your life with even a handful of memories that grow richer with time instead of fading? Arran's gaze went over her shoulder to some point on the blank wall behind her He was silent so long Breghan began to hear her own erratic pulse thunder inside her head Such wistful emotions are a fatal luxury His gaze came back to rest on her a cool and calm green I would run from such a person rather than seek her outAt this stage of the story he cannot answer her otherwise A moment later he gives a silent answer to Breghan earlier uestion Do you believe in love Arran? When I look into your eyes darling when I hold you in my arms when I pretend reality can be changed and I'm allowed to have my heart's desirethen yes I believe in loveClaire Robyns delivers a wonderful exciting and poignant story with two very likable and strong main characters And despite their doubts their fears danger always being present and a curse that will almost tear them apart they won't be able to stand up to the irresistible force of their passion The author has proven here to be a great storyteller who knows how to balance very skillfully history and fiction I give 5 big stars


  7. says:

    Probabaly 4 12 stars A hot love interest who wears a kilt and talks with a Scottish accent? Um yes please I've been reading outside my YA genre lately and since I love historical fiction I decided to give historical romance a try The Devil of Jedburgh didn't disappoint I loved that Breghan was a sassy spunky woman of the 17th century Even though she'd heard horrible stories about Arran she always stood her ground and stood up to him and the patriarchal society she found herself in Their chemistry was red hot from the first moment they meteven though he didn't know who she was Of course her spunk sometimes drove her away from Arran and would have served her a few times to read things between them a little differently Arran's devil reputation was only the product of legends Instead of being a beast he's a hottie with a sad past in love that leaves him emotionally stunted when it comes to love Sure he wouldn't mind a roll in the hay with Breghan but he doesn't want to marry her bc he totally separates marriage and love Plus he only wants a wife to give him heirs Would totally recommend this to anyone who loves historical romance and even though I read the eARc I'll probably buy this one when it comes out Great steamy scenes historical tidbits interspersedhad never heard of handfasting which is where a man would take a woman for a year as a trial marriage If he liked her he'd marry her if not he'd send her back to her family and swoonworthy heroand a sweet romance


  8. says:

    Breghan McAllen's father has promised her hand in marriage to the Laird of Kerrs Arran He is known as the Devil of Jedburgh because of rumors of his evilness He's finally looking for a wife in order to get an heir He choose's Breghan thinking she will be someone who can handle giving birth to a large baby When he finally meets Breghan though he finds a much tinier woman than he expected He suggests a handfasting instead of a marriage Breghan agrees looking forward to the freedom to choose her next husband after a year with Arran This one started a little rough for me I found the hero a bit too unforgiving and rough around the edges in the beginning And though Arran doesn't change a whole lot by the end he grew on me If I were in his circumstances I might be grumpy too He did have some great moments of sweetness with Breghan I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book Robyns integrated Mary ueen of Scots and the politics and royal drama of that time very well I thought Definitely recommended to fans of highlander romancesARC provided by NetGalley


  9. says:

    To find this review and others visit Carina PressPublished February 6 2012ISBN 9781426893162Genre Historical RomanceMay I just say that I loved this novel I didn't feel disappointed at any point during it Claire Robyns' weaves a tale that has you unable to put the book down from the start She's created vivid and lively characters that complement each other wellThe BlurbRaised on rumours of The Devil of Jedburgh Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast The arrogant border laird is not the romantic sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of despite the heat he stirs within herIn need of an heir Arran has finally agreed to take a wife but when he sees Breghan's fragile beauty he's furious He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child Lust prompts him to offer a compromise necessary precautions and handfasting for a year and a day after which Breghan will be free For a chance to control her own future Breghan makes a deal with the DevilPassion uickly turns to love but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass or making her a mother He loves her too much to lose her But when a treasonous plot threatens ueen and country Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his sideMy TakeBreghan right from the beginning you can tell she's independent and full of life and imagination and even when confronted with her biggest fear being married to the Devil of Jedburgh just one of many names her betrothed has all referring to how evil he is she takes him on only to find that though he can be infuriating he really isn't evil and is in fact just what she's been looking for herArran what can I say about him he's sexy and kind and authoritative and totally alpha without being too overbearing You can truly feel his emotions and love for Bree and see his mind and heart tearing him in two different directions as he realizes that because he doesn't want to hurt her or see her killed he can't bear to be apart from her either Both are afraid to fall for each other knowing that eventually they'll have to part ways and I enjoyed the experience of watching these two grow both individually and as a coupleThis story kept you turning the pages and I don't believe I found a dull moment in it at all If I did then all the great parts far outweighed the dull parts so much so that they've left my mind The author has a gift with words and the perfect voice for a historical romance Normally I have a hard time reading historical's that take place in Scotland due to the fact that some authors go a little heavy on the accents of their characters to the point of distraction Ms Robyns did not She weaved just enough of their accents in so that you could hear the voices in you head and still enjoy the story The brief side stories of Bree's ladies maids finding their own romances were cute and charming and did not take away from the main storyline at all I for one cannot wait for another story by Ms Robyns My Rating 45 Lattes


  10. says:

    35Favorite Lines “He wants to dally for a while afore choosing a appropriate wife and I want to earn my freedom We both win” p 71 egalleyMen are convoluted thinkers and the most alpha of them all is Arran Known as the “Devil of Jedburgh” he is a vicious fighter who will do whatever it takes to secure his family’s hold on its land Ferniehirst Even if it means marrying an ugly stout woman to give birth to his sons He’s even found the perfect woman Breghan McAllen Her mother had given birth to 12 sons and one daughter Too bad for him Breghan plans to be brood mare to no manThere were a few nail biting moments in The Devil of Jedburgh I was concerned with how Breghan would confront the issue between her and Arran There really was only one way to do so but it involved Breghan tricking her hero In reality I hate women who do as Breghan did Did it affect my enjoyment of the story? Yep It lowered my opinion of Breghan and even though I know it was necessary to resolve the conflict I found it a bit distastefulBefore all the conflict began to be resolved I enjoyed every bit of tension I liked watching the fiery heroine running from a future she wanted no part of and I smiled as she found a way to make peace with the idea of being a woman of her time period I even teared up when Breghan had issues with her father The characters are inviting and well written The setting is vivid The Devil of Jedburgh is a straight up classic Scottish romance It’s love and action rolled into a tale set in my favorite place the highlands of ScotlandThere are political machinations not my favorite plot line misunderstandings and hints at a possible second book set in the same world Overall it’s a nice story Again my problem is with the sneaky chick trick the heroine played on the hero to move the story forward toward a happily ever after It is a dirty underhanded thing to have doneSo now that I’ve made you want to know what she did it’s time for you to go buy the story I don’t regret reading it and one day may read it again Scooper Speaks


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