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This novel with the curse of death for Hunt is a heart wrenching story that just pulls at your mind as you read about the love he feels for Clara and the child he thinks that he will never see - I cried even knowing that it's fiction - I loved the characters, who doesn’t love a hunky Scot or two - loved being with the Duke and Alyse for their son's birth - Marion, for one so young, seemed like an old woman with her knowledge and actions - loved Graham and Bannisy it would be a fine novel for these two to have a romantic love interests arrive in their lives, the pig style Bannisy lives in could use a woman's touch - the plot was outstanding with twists and humor at times but the main plot is the curse -
This is the third book I have read in the series. I like that each book has a unique storyline. This one has a whimsical side to it given the curse. Of course, as a reader, I know there is a happy ending. Now, the journey to that happy ending is what kept me up finishing this book. I do enjoy reading (and finishing) a good book.
I like the characters. I like how straightforward the storyline is. No side stories. No minor characters outshining the hero and heroine. And I like that you do not have to read the previous books in the series to appreciate this book more. The story is well paced. This book just focused on the hero and heroine and how they worked together to overcome a curse. The innocent heroine “ruined” herself in the eyes of society to escape and engagement. The hero married her because her “ruined” state is perfect for his situation. So imagine his reaction to the truth. And her reaction to his “situation”. I consider this book to be a light read because it has none of the brooding and the angst and the misunderstanding and miscommunication that some novels capitalize on. This story has love, humor, family and hope. I like that there is an epilogue that focused on the makn characters but gave a hint of the next book in the series. Which I will, of course, buy.
The whole story revolved around the curse of the McLarin Lairds, it was intriguing at the beginning and the characters were engaging enough. It would have been good, if they have explained how did they break the curse. The prologue was about it, I was hoping that the epilogue would be the conclusion. Alas, in the end, it’s only all assumptions on the readers part. Maybe because Hunt married her when he thought that he was pregnant with another man’s child or probably because Clara delivered twins instead of just one bairn. Or maybe, they were just a superstitious lot and there was really no curse to begin with. Merely unfortunate incidents from the previous lairds. Moral of the story though was to live for the present and to not let the future stop you from claiming or doing what you want.
I've enjoyed the Rogue Series so far, but of the five books I've read, the Scot of Mine was the weakest link so far - however, it is still a good read. This book felt like a mini short story between the previous book and next. But I absolutely loved the set up. It was fantastic to get back to the coastal home of Marcus and Alyse from the previous book. And I thought Lady Clara's story was incredibly original. A society girl, she is now ruined because she invented an outrageous lie in order to escape a horrible engagement. Because of that, she flees to her brother's home. There she meets Laird Hunt MacLarin, her brother's neighbor, and sparks fly. I enjoyed their chemistry, how they met, and that they both find each other attractive because they are unique. I really was looking forward to Clara's story as I thought it was an incredible feat. I almost want to give it three stars just for the set up.
But the follow through was not as great... It's hard to share my thoughts without giving spoilers, but the "spoiler" is VERY early in the novel so I feel like it's OK to comment on it. As in, you may even get it in the sampler length. But everyone thinks Clara is "increasing" and, in fact, she's not. The neighbor Laird is willing to marry her because she is increasing, not in spite of it. He believes his family has a curse and that he'll die before his first child is born. She, and her family, decide to deceive him. I really, really disliked this whole set up. I wouldn't forgive Clara easily, had I been her husband. When they marry, there is almost no history between them, so it was a loose string that bound them together - not enough to make me think he'd get over her deceit easily. They'd literally only had a couple of conversations and had never kissed, etc.
There was a huge missed opportunity to connect Clara and Hunt - but, like in other books in this series, the hero and heroine THINK about their pasts, etc., but don't really communicate. Clara could have told Hunt about WHY she deceived society and what her fiancé did to her... but she never does? I wish this abuse/past had come out more. Not only because it could give Clara motivation to lie to Hunt (which may have been forgivable), but because they would know each other better. I was also disappointed that her backstory never came back around. Overall, I just through there were some missed opportunities in this one that would have fleshed it out.
This book was also guilty of the "and many months went by just as they had been" plot skip... even though it felt very short and light. I read this on Kindle, so not sure if it was actually novella length or just felt that way. Also the family curse trope is hard to pull off - this is not the fault of the author. I can't think of a single romance where this worked out or really made a lot of sense.
Overall this is a must-read if you are reading the series. And it's good - just not as good as the others in the same series.
I have enjoyed all of Sophie Jordan's books in her 'The Rogue Files' series. Other reviewers have explained in this story that because of becoming the subject of a scandal Lady Clara removes herself from society, and travels to Scotland to live with her brother, the Duke of Autenberry and his Duchess Alyse. Lady Clara believes that she will no longer be acceptable for marriage and children - two things she has always wanted. // On the way to Kilmarkie House, her brother's home, she and her maid, Marian, stop at an Inn to rest and eat. During this time there is a fight between men (big, burly Scotsmen) over a stolen bull. This is the first time that Lady Clara comes across Laird MacLarin - she's intrigued by the man, and he's intrigued by her. She doesn't expect to ever see him again, but Laird MacLarin is actually a house guest of the Duke of Autenberry. // The focus of this story is the curse on the house of MacLarin. The curse asserts that no Laird will live into old age if he marries unless he lives to see his first born 'draw breath.' Hunt MacLarin has lived his life convinced that he will not be able to marry and have children, because none of the men in his family for the past five generations have lived to see their children born. // It's interesting to consider the strength that the belief in family curses have (for generations) on people. Are there really such things as curses, or are they only self-fulfilling prophecies? Lady Clara and her brother, the Duke, scoff at the curse. However, as time goes on and accidents happen to the now married Laird (to the now pregnant Clara) even Clara begins to rethink her conviction about the reality of the curse. // This is a romance, and because of the genre readers know there will be a happy ending, but how the ending comes to be happy makes for a good story.
I can usually tell from the first paragraph if I'm going to enjoy a book; and from the very first sentence, this book caught my interest. One thing I loved about the book was the chenistry between the H & h. I also loved the H who was a braw Scottish laird, and I loved the fact that the heroine wasn't a typical blue-eyed English rose. Her maid Marian fulfills that role in this story as the h's trustworthy companion. (Marian's story is next in the series) I also really loved the way the H & h meet during a brawl, and their interactions with each other.
The only thing I could say that I didn't love was how the last 30% of the story played out. The problem seemed to resolve itself fairly quickly, and it just seemed a little rushed to me. It just didn't leave me completely satisfied. All that said, I still enjoyed the book. The first 70% makes up for the quick resolution and lack of genuinr conflict (imo). Also, so many books nowadays seem like the author or editor didn't even bother to spell check. Not so with this book. This book is wonderfully edited and there were no spelling or grammar errors as far as I could tell. Overally, Sophie Jordan is an author I enjoy. If you need a light, fun read for an afternoon, then this is the book for you.
I enjoyed this book but there is a lot of exposition and the curse really dulls the character's relationship. They spend all their time worrying about the curse insted of getting to know each other.
I also thought the storyline was a little sloppy. The nature of the curse seems to change by the end--that he will not live to hold his child rather than not to see them take a breath. I'm not sure how the ending really resolved that.
Also A LOT about the herione's previous fiancee was left unexplained. But instead of talking about that significnt relationship, they spent all their time worrying about the curse.
And the cliffhannger ending re Marian was very unwelcome and unnecessary.
tl;dr-story was fun and engaging at times but also dull and inconsistent in others.