Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Devil of Jedburgh By: Claire Robyns

The only thing worse than being hand-fasted to the Devil of Jedburgh was falling in love with him.

Raised on rumors of The Devil of Jedburgh, Breghan McAllen doesn't want an arranged marriage to the beast. The arrogant border laird is not the romantic, sophisticated husband Breghan dreams of—despite the heat he stirs within her.

In need of an heir, Arran has finally agreed to take a wife, but when he sees Breghan's fragile beauty, he's furious. He will not risk the life of another maiden by getting her with child. Lust prompts him to offer a compromise: necessary precautions, and hand-fasting for a year and a day, after which Breghan will be free.

For a chance to control her own future, Breghan makes a deal with the Devil. Passion quickly turns to love, but Arran still has no intention of keeping the lass, or making her a mother. He loves her too much to lose her. But when a treasonous plot threatens queen and country, Breghan has to prove only she is woman enough to stand by his side.

This was a pretty good story.  I am a complete sucker for anything to do with Scotland so I jumped at the chance to read this story from NetGalley.

Arran has a reputation, a HUGE reputation.  He is known as the Devil of Jedburgh. Breghan's father sets up a marriage between the two of them and being afraid Breghan runs from her house the night before the wedding.  She meant to cool her head and return but she gets shot by an arrow and is cared for by a gentleman and his two companions.   When she finds out that the gentleman that helps her is the one that she is to marry she decides to hide her identity and try to get away.  

I really liked Arran.  Of course he is a strong man and he leads his people fairly, even if there is a lot of fear involved.  He also has a lot of fears of his own.  He is deeply attracted to Breghan and he wants to be with her but he is afraid.  Breghan is so small of frame that his is afraid of ever letting her carry a child.  Then there is an insecurity of her using the handfasting to barter with her dad for  a future right to marry another man.

Breghan is the youngest in a large family of all boys.  She has been immensely spoiled by both her parents and all of her brothers.  She is quick to speak her opinion and is very sarcastic.  She hates the idea of being forced into marriage and to top that she is now joined with the subject of all her darkest nightmares. 

I loved reading the interaction between these two.  It was cute how both characters wanted the other but the misunderstandings and pride would get in the way.  This is a great romance and I loved that I could read their happily ever after.


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