Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: Iris Johansen’ THE MAGNIFICENT ROGUE – A Scottish Rogue to Love, a Tale to Savor—a Keeper!

Set in 16th century England and Scotland, this is a magnificent tale of strength born of hardship and love that develops even when denied.

He was the Black Robert of Craighdhu, a remote island castle in Scotland, where he was laird. Half Spanish and experienced in their tortures as well as their pleasures, he'd been a pirate and had incurred both the praise and anger of Queen Elizabeth, who has now seized him for another assignment: The Queen wants him to wed Kathryn Kentyre who, he is told, is Queen Mary's illegitimate daughter.

Kathryn ("Kate"), now 16, has been raised in seclusion by a vicar who is going insane and beats her. She is bent on escape. But Robert McDarren will find her and handfast with her and then sweep her away to his castle in the Highlands where he intends to keep her for only a year. For he knows who she is threatens Craighdhu and he will do anything to protect his lands and his people.  

You won't regret reading this one. It is well written and the characters wonderful—and the plot believable. The action will draw you into the world of treachery, envy, betrayal and deception that existed at the time of Queen Elizabeth and King James.
A romance well worth re-reading—a keeper!

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  1. I loved Iris Johansen'e historical romances...and then she switched to thrillers. Too sad for me.

    1. Janice, many of the great authors did that when their publishers leaned on them to write in only one genre and pushed them toward suspense. Very sad for us lovers of historical romance.

    2. Too true. If they had morphed into romantic suspense it might not have been as bad for us, but thrillers are not my cup of tea. I did at my sister's bloodthirsty recommendation a couple of times...and I definitely did not sleep well at night. Bleh.

    3. Yeah, not my cup of tea either. Sweep me away to another era and give me an exciting love story with some history tossed in and I'm there.