Lady Myrtle Prescott has arrived at haunted Castle Kilmarock to oversee
the disposal of the estate of her late
father's friend: Laird Ian Sinclair, who having been deposed
as leader of his clan opted for death over banishment from
Scotland, and took his own life by flinging himself over the castle's
parapet into the churning sea hundreds of feet below. Unwilling to be frightened off by ghosts and death threats,
Myrtle is determined to do her best by the poor clansmen left behind by
their chieftain, whose diary leads her to believe that he was unjustly
accused by the Hanoverian king. Soon Myrtle finds herself
mourning a man she never knew and redoubles her efforts at finding some
semblance of justice in his name.
Ian Sinclair, loyal leader of the
clan Sinclair could not bring himself to leave his underlings, no matter what edict
the English king might declare. Having staged
his death, he continues to lurk around his castle, trying his best to lead
his clan at night from behind a ghostly mask. A servant
possessed of the "sight" warns him that a woman with
sapphire-colored eyes will either save or destroy the clan. Ian keeps
wary watch on the lady
sent to settle his estate and soon finds himself enthralled with the
buxom girl, English though she is.
Can Myrtle be the blue-eyed
lass of the prophecy, the one
who holds the fate of the clan in her hands? Can Ian's devastating
masculine charms sway Myrtle's decision and save the people from further
What worked for me:
always love a braw man in a kilt, and Ian made a fine hero, but I actually enjoyed disliking the
villains in this story more than I did rooting for the protagonists.
Size-wise Myrtle was a tall,
sturdy, girl but very uncomfortable in her body thanks to growing up
with petite, dainty stepsisters who declared her as being "too broad in
the beam" to be attractive.
What didn't work for me:
I had trouble swallowing the plotline wherein Ian was simultaneously
portraying his own "ghost" and a masked, simple-minded servant. It
ought to have been humorous, but was so far out of the realm of
plausibility I really felt it just damaged Myrtle's characterization. Instead of
coming across as sweet and naively trusting she appeared more as a bit of a
slow-top for not catching onto the ruse sooner.
A solid read
for fans of Highland romances if they can overlook the occasional extreme
Warning: There are some sexy scenes in this
If you liked "Highland
Ecstasy" you might also enjoy "Only in my Dreams", "The Bride
and the Beast",
Bride", "The Last Days
of a Rake", "Unmarriageable", "The
You", or "Enchanting Pleasures".
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