Set a few centuries later than most Scottish romances, THE LADY AND THE LAIRD has a more dignified, refined feel to it. More like a Regency romance. As a lover of the more rugged, warrior types and more basic way of life, this aspect didn't really work for me as well as I'd hoped it might, but it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.
The premise of a scandalous erotic letter ruining Robert Methven's chance at a marriage that would have secured his family's lands, causing him to seek retribution - and a replacement wife - in the letter's author, was fun and not something I've read before. The idea that a virgin would know how to write such salacious offerings? Well, you may have to suspend your disbelief a little on that one, but it was definitely an interesting idea. I found the stuff involving Lucy and the Blue Stockings Society quite entertaining as well, and the sexual tension between her and Robert during that time was thick. Cornick wasn't shy with her sensual scenes, either, and there were some seriously scorching chapters!
After appreciating the tension and slow build of Robert and Lucy's romance, I then found the pacing and tempo towards the end of the book a little quick for my liking. There were some emotional scenes as well that I wish we could have slowed down and explored further. But, it's no secret I'm slightly masochistic in my desire to be emotionally drained by my books, so that could well just be my opinion, and mine alone.
All together THE LADY AND THE LAIRD was a bit of a mixed bag for me personally, but Cornick is definitely an author to watch - particularly for fans of Regency style historicals.
3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.