"The Scot and I" is really more of a three and a half star read. I usually like Elizabeth Thornton's heroes and heroines, but there was just something about Mahri and her actions that kept me from enjoying this book as much as I'd hoped.
Alex is an agent in Her Majesty's Secret Service (in 1885). He's also a bit psychic, even though he'd rather slit his own throat than admit that to anyone except his likewise afflicted brothers. They inherited their 'talents' from their deceased grandmother, The Witch of Drumore. Alex can hold things and learn about the people they belonged to, and when he captures a young man who may or may not be involved in a plot against the Queen, he's not quite sure WHAT his talent is telling him.
Mahri is stuck between two equally bad alternatives. She can betray her close ones or keep quiet and let them kill the Queen. After much thought, she decides to do neither and instead tries to foil their plot on her own, only to end up captured by one of the Queen's agents, a very handsome agent indeed. Now she's torn even more. How can she choose?
Mahri is indeed in a bad spot; she will have to betray one 'side' to prevent murder and neither are likely to forgive OR forget. I don't want to give too much away, but it was irritating to figure out most of the story less than halfway through the book. There are plenty of red herrings and suspects, but really only one makes sense (at least to me). Ms. Thornton DID manage to throw in a surprise or two along the way and the taut attraction between Alex and Mahri was wonderfully written.
I can't remember if I've ever read another of Ms. Thornton's books that had even a hint of the paranormal, but Alex's skills really played a very small part in this plot. So I wouldn't describe it as full-on paranormal, more a historical romance with a bit of woo-woo. Since I'm normally a fan of Elizabeth Thornton, I'll be interested to see what she does with stories of the other brothers.