While returning home to Scotland, Campbell "Cam" Sinclair
hears a commotion; a boy is being beaten by 3 villains. He
rushes to the lad's rescue and ends up being stabbed; just
as the last thug standing was about to kill Cam, the lad
jumps in and stabs the remaining assailant and saves Cam's
The brave lad is in fact called Joan. She is on her way to
deliver a scroll given to her by her dying mother, who had
told her on her deathbed that it's too dangerous for a woman
to travel from England to Scotland, and to disguise herself
as a boy. Joan is a healer, and her gift comes in handy when
she notices how badly the man who saved her was injured. Cam
remains unconscious for 3 days and while Joan nurses him,
she can't help but notice what a fine specimen he is. But
she has seen too many women die in childbirth and has sworn
off men; she will never risk her life and become with child.
Joan's face is badly bruised, and it helps her hide the fact
that she's really a woman, even up close. Cam is grateful
that the boy, "Jo" saved his life and takes the boy along to
deliver the scroll to Lady and Laird MacKay; it just happens
to be near his home. They become friends along the way, and
Cam tells Jo that his wife died while giving birth to what
would have been their first child; he has decided to never
marry again: he will not put a woman through that hell.
One day while Cam was asleep, Joan decides to go wash up in
a little pond, but he wakes up and is stunned that Jo is
definitely not a boy, but he owes her his life, and he will
keep her secret. But one evening, when they are both asleep,
rain starts falling; Cam covers them both with his kilt, but
when he wakes up he cannot help himself and kisses Joan...
TO MARRY A SCOTTISH LAIRD is the first historical romance I
have ever read by Lynsay Sands, although I have read
countless of her vampire books, and I find it remarkable
that she is as comfortable with Scottish nobility as she is
with her famous undead. The author's style is fluid and
elegant, the main characters are noble, brave and
honourable, and she takes great care in not presenting an
anachronistic view of a bygone era. TO MARRY A SCOTTISH
LAIRD is a lovely book with a few unexpected twists and
turns of events. A charming romance!
New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands
returns to the Highlands of Scotland in her hottest new
historical romance yet!
Highlander Campbell Sinclair
is no stranger to battle, so when he sees a lad attacked by
bandits, he jumps into the fray. He didn't count on being
stabbed. Grateful to the boy for nursing him back to health,
Cam offers to accompany Jo safely to his destination. But
when he accidentally comes across the lad bathing in the
river, Cam discovers that Jo is actually Joan . . . with the
most sinful of curves.
Joan promised her mother that
she would deliver a scroll to the clan MacKay. But traveling
alone is dangerous, even disguised as a boy. When a Scottish
warrior lends his aid, she is more than relieved . . . until
he surprises her with lingering kisses and caresses that
prove her disguise hasn't fooled him. As their passion
ignites, will the secrets of the scroll force a wedding . .
. and lead to a love she's never known?