Raised in rural isolation, Alyson Hampton is bereft after the death of her aristocratic English grandfather. Introduced to society, she is horrified to learn that her illegitimacy—and the wealth she’s inherited—leave her a target for fortune hunters. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, she nearly falls prey to her devilish cousin, until a dashing Scotsman comes to herRaised in rural isolation, Alyson Hampton is bereft after the death of her aristocratic English grandfather. Introduced to society, she is horrified to learn that her illegitimacy—and the wealth she’s inherited—leave her a target for fortune hunters. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, she nearly falls prey to her devilish cousin, until a dashing Scotsman comes to her rescue. Thanks to the hated English, Rory, Laird Maclean, is the last of his family. He is a wanted rebel in England, a smuggler in the Americas, and intent on buying back his former home. Then the wealthiest—most virtuous—heiress in all the kingdom falls into his lap. What’s a blackguard to do when smitten by this virtuous beauty? Alyson insists on marriage. Rory would sooner rob an Englishwoman than marry one. Even should love find a way, the Maclean is reluctant to trade her virtue for the price on his head... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ “Ms. Rice is a surefire bet to steal your heart away…” Romantic Times Reviews ...
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Moon Dreams Reviews
“But I’m the heir! The money should be mine, not some half-witted bastard female’s.” Alyson Hampton was raised by her grandfather in isolation on his Cornwall estate, and believed by all to be illegitimate (her father's dead, but there's more to the story I can't divulge). Upon her grandfather's passing, she's pretty much alone in the world, but in for a shock - the estate is entailed and goes to a distant cousin, but all that money goes to Alyson. Now the man who wouldn't marry her, but was willing to make her his mistress, wants to marry the rich heiress. The cousin who thought he'd inherited the money (which he desperately needs to pay off his gambling debts), only has the big old house in the middle of nowhere Cornwall and he's hot to marry the rich heiress.What's a girl to do? Why...Enter Rory, Laird Maclean, notorious rebel and privateer. "Beneath the coarse wool of his decrepit coat, his stained leather jerkin and threadbare homespun shirt stank from hard use and no washing."Probably not what you were expecting, but Rory cleans up pretty good and is one very dishy hero with just about the right mix of sexy charm, angst and hot temper. Alyson was just about right as a heroine, spunky without going overboard into foot-stomping territory. I love her simple nature, that fooled a lot of people into thinking she was a simpleton (Rory was too smart for that). I won't spoil, but events take our pair from London to Charleston, to the tropics (Bermuda I think it was) and then to Scotland for a big show down with the evil baddie who stole Rory's rightful inheritance. "“If the moon is what leads a man to madness, I’ll be certain to lead all my suitors down the garden path in its light. Then they shall be as mad as they think I am, and I can choose the one who kisses me best.”I really enjoyed this, just a nice blend of angsty hero, heroine in constant peril, pirates and privateers and a return from (view spoiler)[the dead (hide spoiler)] just in the nick of time. Rory and Alyson do have a lot of sexual chemistry, and there might be more sex than some readers care for, but I thought it well done and not eye-rolling silly. There is a sequel, and from the blurb it appears to be based on a character in this book, a character who was a bit of a villain at the first, only to get white-washed at the end, probably so he was 'good' enough to be a hero in the next book. I didn't buy into his change in attitude, and don't plan to read the sequel.Kindle copy obtained via library loan.
The heroine runs away. A lot. Like twice every chapter. Full-snark TBR Challenge review: https://instalove.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/old-school-patricia-rice/
The writing in the book in exceptional and the characters have depth. The problem I had with the story is that it was really slow in the first half of the book. Normally Patricia's books have a faster pace and so this caught be me by surprise. In addition, I'm not a huge fan of the whole "privateer" time period - mainly because there was so much unrest and a lot of the laws in place did not make sense for the people. If you can get past those two points, the book is enjoyable; you just need to be willing to stick through some of the twists and turns that happen.