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The Whisky Laird's Bed: (Intermix) (Rake Patrol Novel)

The Whisky Laird's Bed: (Intermix) (Rake Patrol Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Donna MacMeans

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Lady of temperance, laird of temptation...

Claire Starke has no illusions about her future. As her father repeatedly reminded her, her looks would never win a husband, and her poverty makes her an even less suitable wife. Luckily, her comrades at the Rake Patrol have given her joy and comfort—enough to quell the dull ache for a family of her own. So, when fellow member Faith runs off to the Highlands, investigating a whisky distiller advertising for an English wife, Claire sees no choice but to save her friend from this intemperate and lustful man. But she didn’t expect the Highland laird to be so intriguing, or to begin questioning her own restraint…

Still reeling from the distillery accident which left him scarred and shaken, Cameron MacPherson has no plans to marry, even if his mother is determined to tie him to one of the British milquetoasts parading through his castle. But when Claire bursts upon the scene, hurling accusations about alcohol and ruin, he finds the reformer fascinating. The fact that she stands up to him when others shrink away is more than charming—this one has spirit and, to be honest, he wouldn’t mind drinking a deep draught of her…

Praise for Donna MacMeans’s Rake Patrol series

“MacMeans writes with grace and wit.”—Booklist

“[A] sweet, sexy, and smartly told Victorian romance.”—Publishers Weekly

“An unforgettable ride.”—Affaire de Coeur

Donna MacMeans lives with her family in Ohio. She is the author of six novels, including the Chambers trilogy (The Education of Mrs. Brimley, The Seduction of a Duke, Redeeming the Rogue), the Rake Patrol series (The Casanova Code, The Whisky Laird’s Bed), and the stand alone novel, The Trouble with Moonlight.

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  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (15 July 2014)
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A temperance advocate and a distiller, what could go wrong? 22 July 2014
By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* - Published on
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~Reviewed by Debbie for Buried Under Romance blog~

Claire Starke is a member of the Women for a Sober Society. The fellow lady members are her family now that her father had died. She loved being active in the cause of spreading the word of the evils of drink. Also, she was involved with the Rake Patrol (Donna MacMeans's previous series), a group that warns and rescues innocent women from being duped by fraudulent and misleading personal ads placed in the paper. This was the situation Claire found herself in after she returned from passing out pamphlets against drink. A Miss Townsend was determined to go to Scotland to an answer an ad looking for a wife. She had come to ask advice from Claire. Claire and her friend, Faith, were convinced it was a fraudulent ad. Miss Townsend was determined to go as it might be her last chance to be wed. Faith accompanied her to Scotland. When Claire found out, she followed to save both ladies.

In Scotland, Cameron Macpherson was tired of his mom placing ads, luring society ladies to his home to get him a wife. He was too busy trying to build up Ravenbeck Whisky distillery. Since it had burnt down a few years ago, he had scarce money and the last thing he needed was to be hunting for a wife.
Determined to save her friend, Claire burst into the room, to find Miss Townsend and Faith in the presence of Lady Macpherson, Cameron’s mother, along with Cameron. Before realizing her friends were in no danger, she had insulted Cameron, accusing him of luring innocent women to Scotland and being a white slaver.

Cameron was drawn to Claire, as she was unlike all the other London ladies his mom had invited to his home. But he was a whisky maker and that was everything Claire was against. As the ladies prepared to return to London, Faith twisted her ankle. Knowing Faith would need her, Claire stayed to take care of her.

The more time Cameron spends with Claire, the more the attraction grows. Claire was fighting her feelings for Cameron, as he stood for everything she opposes. He owed it to his clan to rebuild the distillery. But that wasn’t an easy thing to do. Someone was sabotaging the distillery. Was Claire really having feelings for Cameron, or was she behind the sabotaging? Was she really growing to love Scotland and it’s people, or did she have alternative motives?

I loved that Claire was a strong, independent, and vocal lady. She stood by her conviction, but yet was open minded enough to see another side of the problem with drink. You will fall in love with Cameron. His sense of humor, from teasing Claire to his teaching her to drink whisky. The romance between her and Cameron kept you wondering if they ever would see that they loved each other. Each had their secrets from their past. As their secrets are revealed one by one, will it draw them closer or tear them apart?

All through the book, Donna showed a great knowledge of distilleries in Scotland’s history. She wrote a wonderful book, filled with facts from the time period in Scotland’s history. I have enjoyed all the books Donna MacMeans has written and THE WHISKY LAIRD’S BED is added to that list. I highly recommend her The Rake Patrol series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book in The Rake Patrol Series 18 July 2014
By Debbie Lou M - Published on
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Clair is a believer in sustaining from drink of any kind. Her childhood was with a drunken father that beat her and abuse her with words. Cameron was filled with guilt over not being able to save his twin in a fire. When the two meet, they are drawn toward each other. The problem is Cameron is rebuilding the distillery to support his clan Can two people so different have a life together or is it destined to pull them apart. The Whisky Laird’s Bed is beautifully written about two different people, who share a love, but can not see how their lives can become one. As her love grows for Scotland and it’s people, there is someone out to destroy the distillery. This is a great read. I enjoyed the description of Scotland and the distillery business entwined with Scotland. If you enjoy Donna MacMeans’ other books, you will enjoy this one. I believe The Rake Patrol is one of her best series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One 15 July 2014
By Mrs. Helen Sibbritt - Published on
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This is such a great story I fell into it from the first page and didn't want to put it down the setting is beautiful and of course the hero Cameron is to die for. Cameron runs the family Whisky distillery in Scotland and when Clair an English temperance woman arrives uninvited on his dorrstep the journey begins this is a fun and very sensual story as two people with totally different views fall for each other the characters from the town enrich the story and will have you turning the pages and smiling throughout. I highly recommend this one don't miss it :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Opposites Attract Romance Was Superb 2 Aug 2014
By Sophia Rose - Published on
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I thought the juxtaposition of a hero that owns a whisky distillery and a heroine that is on a temperance committee sounded fun and would all but guarantee that sparks would fly. Opposites attract romances are appealing to me, but even I was amused to discover that in the beginning it was more than whisky separating these two.

On a side note, yes I realize that I've left the 'e' out of the spelling of whisky, but the author educated her readers in the side note that the Scots spell it that way.

The story opens in London when teetotaller, Claire Starke, gets drummed out of yet another tavern where she was distributing her anti-drink pamphlets which are part of her campaign to win the temperance society's contest of most effective campaign to influence others toward temperance. The insults are not just toward her cause, but her person too. She takes the ugly comments from the drunken men just like she did from her own deceased father who drank hard and hurled abusive words and his temper at her. Claire believes she's not pretty either, but she is content because she has her causes- both the temperance society and the rake patrol. On arriving to meet her friends of the rake patrol, she learns that Faith plans to accompany a young woman to the wilds of Scotland to answer a marriage advertisement. She gives her opinion that the ad was placed by a true rake and possibly even a white slaver. Later she learns that Faith and the young miss do not heed her warning so she races off to Scotland to save them from a rake and maybe worse.

Cameron Macpherson is laird of his clan and trying hard to fill the shoes that first his father and then his brother filled before their deaths. He is left with little money and feelings of inadequacy to take care of his clan, his home and his family. A group of whisky distillers are trying to force him to join them in a price gouging scheme with him the only holdout and the threats for not joining are very real. The distillery is open and running, but not turning a good profit yet and still his mother goes about spending money on fashionable things and trying to force her fashionable English girls on him to choose from for a wife. James warns him that his mother has advertised yet again and two females responded. Cam decides enough is enough. He has plenty to worry about with the business and will deal with wife-hunting later so he sets out to sabotage his mother's schemes. Isn't he surprised when a third female arrives only to accuse him of white slavery and calling him a Demon for making whisky. She's a force of nature and though, they disagree on the whisky, he admires her spirit.

Claire's abrupt arrival shows her that she may have misread the situation- just a little. The Scottish lord and his mother are definitely not white slavers, but the whisky? Yes, here is her opportunity to set these wild Scottish straight and educate them on the devils of the demon liquor. Afterall, her causes are all she has. She's only good for rake patrol and chaperoning. Faith is the pretty one whom even Cameron's mother approves of for her son. No man would look twice at someone like Claire, right?

The plot is a nice historical version of opposites attract romance set against the themes of temperance, abuse, sabotage and class differences. The historical settings are well-painted and accurate without pushing aside the story. The sabotage and temperance plots kept things interesting while the romance developed slowly between the two main characters. The romance gets a tad spicy, but isn't instant and developed at a nice pace since they seemed to have no chance at getting past their opposing views..

As to the characters, Claire is really the main character even though Cameron shares a large amount of the narration. Claire has the furthest to come in her growth and development. Meeting her in the beginning, I was struck by her strong narrow-minded opinions which were obviously formed based on her own very real, but narrow experience of life. She is confident when it comes to her opinions, but completely lacking any self-confidence. She totally bought into all the physical and emotional abuse her father dealt her during her childhood and won't listen to anyone telling her differently whether it is her best friends or Cameron. I confess that I found the 'woe is me' 'I'm so ugly' 'Who could want me' mental monologue annoying much of the time, but I did have some sympathy because a parent was the one who put her in that state. Cam was so good for her and opened her eyes to a broader view of the world and to herself. She was good for Cam because she helped him get over his grief and survivor's guilt over his brother.

All in all, this was a superb historical romance with its humor, strong character and plot development and attention to historical authenticity. I will definitely go back for the first book and won't mind continuing with the series. I would recommend this to historical romance lovers who like a pinch of spice.

My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 29 July 2014
By Jen - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a pleasant historical that I enjoyed fairly well. It didn’t really evoke any strong feelings and it’s pretty predictable, but it’s a comfortable journey as well as a quick and easy read.

Our heroine, Claire, is a card carrying member of the Temperance Movement. Her father was an abusive drunk, and far too often she has seen the terrible effects on the families of men who drink away their money.

Her commitment to the Sober Society is one of the most important things in her life. But it’s not the only thing. She is also part of the Rake Patrol and considers it her duty to help young women stay safe from men who mean to compromise them.

When a young woman seeks out her advice about accepting a personal ad for marriage, Claire fears it’s a trap. And when the woman ends up going to Scotland anyway, Claire decides to follow her to keep her safe. That’s how she first crosses paths with the laird, Cameron. Now I have to stop here and say that this was one of the WTH moments of the book. Claire is so concerned about another woman traveling with a companion to Scotland, that she goes alone? To head off who she thinks are slavers? And how exactly was she going to do this? The whole idea really paints Claire as an idiot, which is a shame, because she isn’t really one.

Anyway, the young woman in question quickly realizes Cameron’s not right for her, but her companion is injured and has to stay at the castle to heal. Claire won’t leave her and that is the set up for the romance. Cameron is your typical sexy but dedicated laird. Claire is the slightly shrill English woman who has to get used to his ways and then falls madly in love with both him and Scotland. Most romances in this vein play out exactly the same way. Sure, the temperance angle juxtaposed by the fact that Cameron runs a distillery to keep the town employed gives it a bit of its own flavor. But only a bit.

I enjoyed watching Claire go from an ugly duckling in her mind to someone who can see the beauty in herself. I liked how she helped Cameron through some of his personal ghosts. The end is satisfying. But there were no real surprises or any deep feeling that made me invest in it too much. I liked it ok.

Rating: B/B-
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