Amanda Scott returns with another of the Secret Clan novels. This is much better than Hidden Heiress, with a couple who has some sizzle and a hero who, even if he is the Scarlet Pimpernel in a kilt, has depth and intrigue. (The author admits this happily herself at the end of the book).
The trouble with this author is that she reallty seems to work SO hard at making a series by setting up the next book with his long lost cousin that it waters down the romance and also really detracts from the fabulous Alex.
And her women are all vacuous, slightly mad, or shrews. Bab is a pain, always whining about how bored she is if she isn't out hunting, and all the talk about paddling her bottom like a child gets wearing. It was the same in Hidden Heiress.
Also all the to-ing and fro-ing about whether or not she will wed him. In the end she does nothing because, as with the other novels, a spell has been cast over them both, and so they never really develop the love and commitment we hope to see.
Fin and Molly make an apperance in this novel as in Hidden Heiress, but there is no sign of her own brother Patrick, even at her own wedding, is really strange.
The wee fairy folk are not quite so irritating this time, nor quite so libidinous, which is just as well really as that took away from the last novel.
We have two middling romantic scenes in this book so readers looking for sensuality will be sadly bereft.
Finally, her ability to control her characters' accents is still sorely lacking. Her antecdents as a Regency novelist really start to show when all of the typical <i>Ton<i/> slang starts to creep in.
This is an author with a good talent for description who likes complicated plots, enjoys writing about the men, but forgets the <i>women<i/> are the characters female readers tend to empathise with or identify when they are reading romance.
But there is nothing likeable about Bab (Barbara) and one wishes Alex had done better for himself!