Highlander in Disguise (Wheeler Romance) Hardcover – Large Print, 14 Feb 2007
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"Exquisitely romantic, lusciously sensual."
"Exquisitely romantic, lusciously sensual." -- "Booklist"
"Exquisitely romantic, lusciously sensual."
-- "Booklist" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Julia London is the "New York Times, USA TODAY, "and" Publisher's Weekly" bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women's fiction with strong romantic elements, including the Secrets of Hadley Green bestselling series, and the Homecoming Ranch series. She is a four-time finalist for the RITA Award of Excellence in Romantic Fiction, and the recipient of "Romantic Times" "Bookclub"'s Best Historical Novel. She lives in Austin, Texas. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Grif Lockhart is off to London to retrieve the family beastie from the English Lockhart’s. His brother Liam had tried but failed with this quest…well, not failed entirely he did find a loving woman and wee daughter to love. So armed with borrowed funds and a tale to rival that of any storyteller, Grif sets out to find the family heirloom. But, he ends up getting much more then he bargained for. He is about to make a deal with one Anna Addison. His job has just gotten a lot more interesting.
Anna is the middle child and although she finds the Ton boring at times and she does have a tendency to not watch what she says…still, she would like to find a man who she could love. So when handsome Grif Lockhart arrives in London it is not long before she realizes he’s keeping a secret. She will keep his secret and help him find his beastie but he has to teach her how to seduce a man to care for her. It’s not long before Grif is seduced and wants Anna for his own. Will he take a chance or will the real treasure slip away from him?
This was a sweet read. Grif and his family are a perfect dash of color and entertainment to an otherwise standard historical. Grif was a fun protagonist and truly one of the saving graces of this story. Ms. London has created a fun series with the Lockhart Family and I look forward to reading the next installment.
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Anna Whittington hopes that Drake Lockhart will ask for her hand in marriage, but he seems more interested in her beautiful younger sister. Meanwhile she wonders about this so-called wealthy Scot who asks questions about her cousin, Lady Battenkirk and anyone named Amelia especially since he looks so much like last year's wealthy Scot Laird. Anna investigates and learns that Griff is an impoverished fake. She blackmails him into teaching her how to seduce Drake, but soon desires her mentor instead; he finds the beastie means little now that he is deeply in love with his troublesome student.
This entertaining Regency romance uses a theme that has been employed in many historical romances, yet the talented Julia London makes it feel as if this is the first time that an innocent asks to be trained in seduction graces a tale. The story line is fun as Griff knows from the first moment he meets Anna that her name spells trouble. This charming couple provides a solid gender war tale that readers will appreciate.
My favorite part of the book was where Grif warns Anna about wearing low cut gowns and says it will prompt a gentleman to have his way with her. He's too clever. When she dismisses that idea, he tells her that some men are very good at giving a woman pleasure without ruining her good name. He also tells her that she will beg him for more. Under the guise of giving her a "lesson" he then proceeds to have his way with her and pleasures her (keeping his trousers buttoned up of course).
There are true fireworks between these two from the start. The relationship grows from intense dislike and irritation, to grudging acceptance to love during Anna's pygmalion-like transformation under Grif's tutelage. Having obtained the beastie she knows Grif seeks, Anna blackmails Grif into tutoring her how to seduce another man whom she wants to marry. Grif finds he has done his job too well, however, as Drake, who had previously ignored Anna, now declares his love. Anna is disappointed in Drake's kiss, which leaves her cold in contrast to Grif's buring hot kisses which melt her.
Anna does eventually beg Grif for "more" all while telling him that she intends to marry Drake if he asks her. Although he hasn't declared his feelings for her, Grif is hurt and incensed, accuses her of using him, and tells her he will not pleasure her like a whore while she marries another man.
Sadly, this book dragged on far too long for me. Highlander in Disguise is 374 pages. I gave up reading around page 300 when Grif and Anna were still NOT together. Over 300 pages of nothing isn't worth another 74. I can take a guess at what happens anyway. They finally get together. Finally. It is not even worth finishing if it is only 74 pages after a 300 page wait. Even if it's page 301 where they finally get together- too late. Don't care. They get together, kiss, blah blah blah. Not worth it anymore. I don't even care if they got the 'bloody beastie' or not.
I also felt as if Grif deserved a heroine more mature and less shelfish than Anna. She got on my nerves quite a bit.
If you like a book to ruin your expectations and make you go from wonderment to disappointment, then be my guest and read this one.
The catch: He can't go as a Lockhart because the English cousins would probably throw him into Newgate for having stolen it in the first place. The plan: Assume a title that is no longer in use, infiltrate the English society and get the beastie back. The problem: One English wallflower who fancy's herself in love with an English Lockhart figures out the truth and finds the beastie first!
Julia London has written a fun Regency romance. Anna has had several seasons and is on the verge of getting put "on the shelf" which she belatedly decides she doesn't want. She has always admired Drake Lockhart (the English cousin of Griff) and thought he admired her as well, until her younger sister Lucy becomes the bell of the season, and Anna hears that Drake will offer for Lucy.
While I enjoyed the story, it seemed a little long. Julia London strikes me as wordy in her writing, and therefore I wasn't sucked into the story as much as I thought I should. Up until Anna blackmails Griffin things seemed to drag for me. Anna was almost annoying - she kind of struck me as a busy body. Grif was doing the best he could to find the beastie, but he was going about it all wrong. So there is humor.
For me the story really picked up after Anna blackmails Grif and tells him that she wants to learn how to seduce a man. Here, I also I found myself starting to like Anna as a heroine. I think it's mostly because the two were starting to care for each other, but Grif ironed out the side that didn't accentuate her femininity. Which was pretty funny actually!
This was a fun read, and I'm really looking forward to finding out what happens to Mared (Griffen and Liams sister) who was used as collateral for the beastie and is evidentially cursed!