The Devil Wears Plaid

The Devil Wears PlaidBy Teresa Medeiros

Publisher: Pocket
Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Purchased

Passion sparks in USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros’s irresistibly tempting new romance after a sexy Highlander kidnaps his rival’s spirited English bride Emmaline Marlowe is about to wed the extremely powerful laird of the Hepburn clan to save her father from debtor’s prison when ruffian Jamie Sinclair bursts into the abbey on a magnificent black horse and abducts her in one strong swoop. Though he is Hepburn’s sworn enemy, Emma’s mysterious captor is everything her bridegroom is not–handsome, virile, dangerous . . . and a perilous temptation for her yearning heart. Jamie expects Emma to be some milksop English miss, not a fiery, defiant beauty whose irresistible charms will tempt him at every turn. But he cannot allow either one of them to forget he is her enemy and she his pawn in the deadly Highland feud between the clans. So why does he still want her so badly for himself? Stealing his enemy’s bride was simple, but can he claim her innocence without losing his heart?

Goodreads Summary

Emmaline Marlowe stands at the altar next to her rheumy, knock-kneed geezer of a groom-to-be, sold into marriage to pay her drunken gambling father’s debts, thinking of the wedding she’d dreamed of rather than the one she was facing.She shot a panicked glance over her shoulder to find her parents sitting in the Hepburn family pew, beaming proudly at her through eyes glazed with tears.  She was a good girl.  A dutiful daughter.  The daughter they’d always relied upon to set a sound example to her three younger sisters.  Elberta, Edwina and Ernestine were huddled together on the pew next to their mother, dabbing at their swollen eyes with their own handkerchiefs.Oh, Ms. Medeiros.  You had me at Elberta.  I knew this was going to be fun.

Thankfully for Emma, the wedding is disrupted when yummy Scotsman Jamie Sinclair trots in (literally, on his horse) and abducts her, intending to use her to force her ancient fiancé to reveal his part in a nefarious family scandal and claim victory in the decades-long Sinclair/Hepburn feud.  Unfortunately for Jamie, sassy Emma manages to work her way under his leather vest and into his heart, which makes handing her back over to the dusty old man harder than he expects.

This is a wonderful romantic adventure that I ate up in one sitting.  I’m a sucker for kidnappings by horse, spunky heroines getting chased through the woods, campfire stories about ghosts and lusty barmaids, shootings and insanely sexy seductions by Highlanders.  Emma and Jamie make a great pair and were a pleasure to read; no angsty, “I hate you,” moments, just a sparkly couple with great chemistry that you knew would eventually get together, you just never knew when.

The action is swift, well-written and spans a nice bit of geography and the dialogue is excellent (Jamie’s cousin Bon is hilarious).  There are some serious moments and Emma and Jamie get steamy but not too explicit; overall, I completely recommend this as a well-written escapist romantic adventure.

My Rating: A

Barbara

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