Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SUNNY - BOOK REVIEW: "The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell" by Paula Quinn



Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor's betrothed, she's the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can't resist stealing a kiss . . .


Lady Amelia's duty is to marry well, but that hasn't stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she's beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she's furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he's ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?(less)


The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell meets all the elements of a good Highland story:

1. It features hot Scots, a family of them. They are strong, virile, masculine, and patriotic. They fight for their independence from English rule and they fight for their families.  The men are bigger than life who can take a punch as well as throw one.

2. It is historical. I love how the story is embroiled in political intrigue.  Edmund MacGregor is trying to stop Scotland’s union with England by preventing the signing of the Union with England Act. Scotland’s political leadership is at odds with the Highland clans.

3.  It presents an unusual heroine. Amelia is a fish out of water – not only because she is English and kidnapped to the Highlands, but also because bad luck seems to follow her. If it didn’t distress her so, it would almost be funny. But she is spirited and gives as good as she gets.

4. There is fantastic teamwork between the characters with nicely developed camaraderie.  Each character is distinct and will undoubtedly be featured in
future books.

5. And, I enjoyed this book for the oddest reason - I liked the reading the Scottish brogue in the dialogue. 

My downside is that there is nothing in the story that breaks the mold.  If you are looking for a good Highlander trope, this will work for you.  


Both fun and dramatic, The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell delivers on the promise of a good Highlander book, but will not push into new territory.

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