Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.
Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.
Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves is an English spy?
Even a spy for the Crown cannot resist this Highlander in his sexy kilt.
This was the first book by Victoria Roberts that I have read, but it certainly won’t be the last. I don’t typically go for the historical romances, but something about the description of this one piqued my interest. I am so happy I went with that instinct.
Ravenna has a mission, and despite her reluctance to go to Scotland to fulfill that mission she is determined to do it and do it well. She is going to pretend to be Laird Ruairi’s son’s governess while gathering information for the Crown. She intends to be focused and thorough in her mission. Then she meets Laird Ruairi. With his penetrating eyes and sexy kilt she finds it difficult to keep up her pretense.
“Ruairi couldn’t say what surprised him more- the fact that Mistress Denny so blatantly approved of his handsome visage or the look on her face when she realized he understood every word she said.”
Laird Ruairi has put off the king as long as he can and has not been set upon by a spy. He knows nothing of this and only thinks this woman is here to teach his son English. He also hasn’t felt anything for a woman since his wife passed. Now Ravenna is here and has grabbed hold of his attention with both hands.
“He lowered his head and brushed a soft kiss to her forehead. ‘A rose…for the bonniest lass who ever graced the Highlands.’”
With secrets being kept and two people with very different agendas falling in love, will loyalty or love win in the Highlands?
This book was such a wonderful surprise for me. I was slowed down at first by the language that I wasn’t used to but the story was so engrossing that I overcame that easily. There was humor and excitement and characters so rich they each had their own voices in my head. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a fan of historical romance or a newcomer to it, such as I was. I look forward to reading another book by Victoria Roberts very soon.
Julie lives in Northern California with her husband and son. She loves escaping to the world of fiction whether she is reading or writing. She also spends her days talking books with her fellow bloggers at Love Between the Sheets.
MY HIGHLAND SPY by Victoria Roberts/Sourcebooks/September 2