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Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
Ruari Ross, cousin to the laird, ponders a marriage arrangement that would ally Clan Ross with Clan Fraser. After a lonely youth, Ruari wants the companionship of a wife without the complication of a love match. When he stumbles upon an injured woman in the forest, he not only saves her life, but changes the course of his entire future.
Strong-willed daughter of Laird Fraser, Esme has avoided all her parents’ matchmaking attempts. Above all else, she wishes to avoid marrying a Ross. During a jaunt in the forest, she is mortally wounded and left for dead. When she awakens, she realizes her courageous rescuer is not only a Ross, but the man who would be her husband.
As Esme recovers beneath Ruari’s watchful eye, an unexpected love blossoms, and Ruari soon discovers his betrothed is not only a fiery beauty, but the best archer he’s ever seen. But when a massive enemy army attacks, Clan Fraser faces hopeless odds. With the shadow of war looming, will these reluctant hearts find love, or will a brutal attack end it all? There is only one outcome to this battle which will prompt readers to sit on the edge of their seat awaiting if the clan triumphs or is met with death.
An unbelievable start, ‘A Flawed Scotsman’ started off strong with the riveting writing style that drew me into the dynamics of that time, characters and the relations they had with their family, friends, and clan members. Despite this edition being the fourth installment of the bestselling series ‘Clan Ross’, it can be considered a standalone. This is the first that I am reading from this author and surely enough, I am impressed. But if I am so impressed, why the three stars? One word: Esme.
She is a strong character that fits perfectly with Ruari. They complimented each other well but some of her actions throughout the read were reckless and literally put herself and loved ones at risk. To add on, when suspicions arose that there was a traitor among their ranks, she nearly put the blame on another clan member who traveled north to see a relative the same day she was found despite her interactions with the real traitor who left her with ‘shivers of apprehension’ and was widely known for his strong opposition to the alliance. It was quite obvious who the traitor was and it nearly baffled me on how it flew right over everyone's head.
All in all, I will continue on with this series and hope I am not as annoyed with the heroines as I was with Esme.