Devil in Tartan by Julia London
Date Read: February 20th 2018
Genre: Historical, Romance
Peril and passion on enemy seas…
Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.
Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…
Publisher: HQN Books
Series: Highland Grooms #4
Also by this author: Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird, Hard-Hearted Highlander br> br>
Also in this series: Wild Wicked Scot, Sinful Scottish Laird, Hard-Hearted Highlander
Read for Review (Publisher)
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
I love this series. This is Aulay MacKenzie’s HEA that doesn’t start out that way. Aulay is the sea captain of his family, now down to one ship. Not long after leaving port for Amsterdam, he comes across a sinking ship and rescues the survivors and some of their cargo. Who then attack him and his crew.
Lottie Livingstone from Lismore island is trying to save her family by taking their illegal whisky to Denmark to sell so they can pay their back rent. Her father has been severely injured, and her 2 younger brothers are not a lot of help. Selling the whisky is her last hope.
Aulay is beyond angry when he is knocked out and tied up in his cabin. Lottie’s men are unable to handle a large ship so some of his men are sailing the ship. She promises she’ll pay them when the whisky is sold. Docking in Denmark, Lottie and Aulay go to find the supposed buyer only to find a den of thieves. They make it back to the ship and head back to Scotland as they don’t have enough supplies to last them all the way to Amsterdam. Lottie’s father has died and must be buried at sea.
The crew think a ship is following them but can’t see it at first. Trying to outrun the ship trailing them in the fog, his ship sunk but they made it to shore. Aulay lost everything and will now have to repay the man whose cargo he carried. He decides they will walk over the hills to Balhaire, his family home.
There is so much more happening in this book, but if I told it would make this a very long review and I do not want to spoil this wonderful book for anyone who reads this. Julia London is a wonderful author, and this is a book I can highly recommend. I’m thankful for the ARC and have ordered the paperback so I have the entire series.
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