From New York Times bestselling author Julia London, comes DEVIL IN TARTAN—the fourth novel in her Highland Grooms Series!
DEVIL IN TARTAN releases on February 20, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!
Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.
Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…
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I must admit , I don’t read much historical as I love to and I’m a sucker for a dashing hero and this highlander definitely fit the bill. Aulay was an unusual Scottish hero . He was more in tune with sea then the land. He was the middle son and was interesting that he felt out of place given the position in the family. He was determined to make his name for his family on his own terms and I loved that he was prepared and cool for the situation that unfolded. He was definitely the Devil in Tartan and lived up to it.
Even so, he wasn’t prepared for a woman like Lottie though he managed to change things to more favourable situation for him. I loved that she was introduced first and it set her up nicely as a formable character. I felt she was woman that I could easily support despite her crazy ideas as she was loyal and was willing to break the moulds. She knew she had to break the expectations being a woman of these times. She had to be a leader and I loved that she used herself to kick this story into high gears. As she was quite the striking woman and I think Aulay despite his intentions was never going to be immune to her despite trying his hardest.
As he needed someone to rough out his hard edges and Lottie was the woman for him. She may be from a family that had their fair share of troubles. But it made her stronger and able to relate with Aulay and understand him like no woman had before. Nevertheless it was rough sailing with these two at the beginning and I wonder if we would get a happily ever after as commanding a ship and risking a whole lot wasn’t Aulay’s plans. It was supposed to be a smooth trip and I love how it became anything but with an action packed story.
From the beginning, London had me intrigued and I was wondering how this story would ended. London surprised me as just when I thought the story was done and dusted , she provides with a twist that keep the book cooking allowed Aulay and Lottie relationship truly to shine. I loved dramatic change of events as it made the book even more action packed then it was already. It may be the fourth book but it was the perfect introduction to this series for me and I can’t wait to read Catronia’s book after this story.
The Campbell men creeping along the beach could hear the Livingstone voices raised in song and laughter, the strains of a fiddle. When night fell, those heathens would be well into their cups and would light a bonfire and dance around it. Bloody drunkards. But alas, the Campbells did not make it more than a few dozen steps into their search when they heard the warning horn. It sounded so shrilly that it scattered rabbits here and there and, frankly, made Duncan’s heart leap. He hardly had a moment to collect himself before buckshot whizzed overhead.
Duncan sighed skyward. He looked at his escort, Mr. Edwin MacColl, whose clan inhabited the south end of Lismore, and who was diligent in paying his rents and not distilling whisky. Duncan had pressed the very reluctant Scotsman into service by threatening to raise his rents if he didn’t lend a hand. “That’s it, then, is it no’?” he asked MacColl as another shot rang out and sent up a spray of sand when it hit the bit of beach. “They’ve seen us and warned the others.”
“Aye,” MacColl agreed. “They keep a close eye on what is theirs. As any Scot would,” he added meaningfully.
Campbell recognized the subtle needling, but there was no opportunity to remind MacColl that illegal whisky was bad, very bad, because four riders appeared on the hill above them with long guns pointed at their chests. Naturally, Miss Lottie Livingstone, who, as daughter of the chief here, ran wild on this island, led them. If she were his daughter, Campbell would have taken her in hand and ended her feral behavior tout de suite.
“Laird Campbell!” she called cheerfully, and nudged her horse to walk down the grassy slope to the beach. “You’ve come again!”
Campbell groaned. “Must it be so bloody difficult to root out corruption and illegal deeds?” he muttered to MacColl. “Must the most beautiful lass in all of Scotland be the most unruly and untamed of them all?”
Apparently, Mr. MacColl had no answer to that, and in fact, he turned his head so that Duncan could not see his face. Duncan rolled his eyes and addressed the woman who lived like an undomesticated cat on this island. “Hold your fire, aye, Miss Livingstone? I am your laird after all!” As if that needed explaining.
“How can we help you, laird?” she asked.
“No’ you, lass. I’ll have a word with your father.”
Her eyes sparked, and above another glittering smile she said, “Oh, but he’ll be delighted, he will.”
The lass had a way of giggling sometimes when she spoke that made Duncan wonder if she was laughing at him or was just a wee bit off her head. He called in his men, and motioned for them to follow along as he and MacColl trudged up the hill toward the Livingstone manor.
If they couldn’t find the stills and Livingstone would not own to them, then by God, Campbell would inquire about the past due rents. He’d have something for his trouble.
Julia London is the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical romance series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch and The Perfect Homecoming. She has over 100,000+ Facebook followers, is the recipient of the RT Book Reviews for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. You can visit her website JuliaLondon.com. She lives in Austin, Texas.