There were a few different subplots and mysteries going on, all of which kept the story moving and entertaining. I am just so lost and confused. Melody Thomas seems to have a knack for creating great chemistry between lead characters and that alone made the reading experience a positive one. She always finds the best in people and is a healer, both spiritually and physically. He does not tell her everything and her insecurity creates a distance between her and Ruark.
She wasn't some pea-brained, overly emotional captive and he was truly bothered by his ver I'm actually not sure how to review this book so I am going to ramble, forgive me. This is the age-old Scotland vs England plot but the book doesn't really read like a highland story. A product of thirteen schools and twenty-two moves stretching across the United States and Europe, she is a self-proclaimed gypsy. I am just so lost and confused. Rose was the daughter of Ruark's English enemy.
Neither Rose or Ruark were really strong characters for me, though if forced to choose I would say that Rose was the strongest. It is no wonder she is drawn to Ruark Kerr, as h Claimed by a Scottish Lord started slowly. But Rose does not fear this savage, powerful lord. It is no wonder she is drawn to Ruark Kerr, as he is to her. If he does not turn her over to his enemy, a boy may die.
Plus this book was kinda vastly different from the books I have read lately. . I honestly don't know what to say so I guess this review would be short. Two things kept this from being a 5 star book. For the first 70% of the story this book had me at my throat, and then once they got married.
For Rose, things are different. Even though the hero kidnaps the heroine, he is very upfront about his reasons for his actions. I had this book on auto buy from Amazon since I first was able to pre-order but when it hadn't arrived by Tuesday afternoon I ordered it on kindle. I found this part extremely boring and the pace was slow. Admittedly there were times I was reading when I couldn't focus entirely on the book, but I found there were numerous times in the book that I didn't understand why she went from laughing to mad.
Neither Rose or Ruark were really strong characters for me, though if forced to choose I would say that Rose was the strongest. The reason he gives, rescuing his 12 year old brother, is very noble, and the heroine actually understands his motivation. She will sweep you away! Unfortunately, Melody Thomas fails completely in setting this book up. Yet gentle, lovely Rose soothes his vengeful spirit, and the longer she remains with him, the hotter his passion for her burns. This sweeping story weaves together the lives of Rose Lancaster with the vengeful Lord of Roxburghe, Ruark Kerr with warring borderland clans. Even if that means giving up things he thought he loved; sacrificing things that once he never would have consider.
She finds an ancient ring that brings her new hope. Rose and Ruark's love has great potential seen in how each cares for the other and yet something was missing. Having known a life of security, being thrust into Ruark's world she is unsure of Ruark's feelings for her. Nonetheless, I greatly enjoyed the two main characters and absolutely adored Ruark!! Would definitely recommend it though, and I'm sure that I will reread it at some point in the future. The second book, Sin and Scandal in England, was an Avon October 2007 release. First lets talk about the hero and the heroine, I kinda sympathized with Raurk and Rose, for one he had a nasty father, abandoned by his love, banished to the sea for 13 years, and when he came back not everyone welcomed him with open arms. Wild and Wicked in Scotland, the first book in my new Charmed and Dangerous series appeared on shelves January 2007.
But somehow this book reads medieval, which does not match the time period at all. So Ruark managed to save Rose from her father without sacrificing his half brother. . Overall I liked the story and found Rose and Ruark matched each other well. First lets talk about the hero and the heroine, I kinda sympathized with Raurk and Rose, for one he had a nasty father, abandoned by his love, banished to the sea for 13 years, and when he came back not everyone welcomed him with open arms. I love the chemistry she creates for her lead characters.