Seduced by Destiny
Jossy and Drew were looking for revenge - but instead found each other in this satisfying historical romance.
Jossy's mother had been killed on the battlefield by an Englishman. Drew's father hung himself after killing her. Their guardians (three each) rose them to hate the English/Scottish and to revenge their parent's death. But Drew didn't seek that revenge against the Scots the way his uncles imagined. He discovered he is good at golf, which is forbidden in England. So he made a living - and monetary killing - in Scotland, playing against them.
Drew knows an Englishman would not be accepted in Scotland no matter how well he golfs. He disguises himself as a Highlander and stays south in the Lowlands of Scotland.
Jossy was raised in the ways of the warrior by her three Da's. When Mary Queen of Scots returns to Scotland from France, Jossy has to be there. She dons boys clothes and travels to Edinburgh. She won't stay out of an argument in the street and draws Mary's attention when she is riding by to her new home. Soon Jossy is approached by Mary's secretary. She agrees to be a spy for Mary by passing notes while working at a beer wagon.
Drew rescues Jossy in the street argument. He's attracted to this disguised woman but figures she will soon be out of his life. Instead, her beer wagon is one that works at the sidelines of the golf course. He also finds himself playing golf with the queen herself. Now Drew and Jossy are both involved in royal politics and each other. Too bad they're sworn enemies.
The first half of Kira Morgan's Seduced by Destiny pulled me right in. Morgan sets up the story well and gives life to her characters in this book. But the second half gets strangely tangled. It flows well and keeps the story going but just isn't believable.
The historical setting is rich. Who expects a romance to be set on a sixteenth century Scots golf course? Yet it works well. Morgan tells the history of Mary Queen of Scot's return to Scotland. The family political reasons between the division between the two Queens (Elizabeth I and Mary) are not mentioned. Seduced by Destiny focuses on the political setting of the time and place. Morgan shows bits of both groups in Scotland at the time - the ones for Mary and those who thought she shouldn't return. That history helps the texture of the story, especially in the first half.
Overall, Seduced by Destiny is satisfying and entertaining.
Notice: Explicit sexual content,Non-graphic violence
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