When a prominent Scottish family faces a major scandal weeks before their daughter’s wedding, they turn in desperation to the enigmatic fixer for the aristocracy, Nichol Bain. Remarkably skilled at making high-profile problems go away, Nichol understands the issue immediately. The family’s raven-haired ward, Maura Darby, has caught the wandering eye—and rather untoward advances—of the groom.
Nichol assuredly escorts Maura toward his proposed solution: an aging bachelor for her to marry. But rebellious Maura has no interest in marrying a stranger, especially when her handsome traveling companion has captivated her so completely. Thankfully, Nichol loves a challenge, but traveling with the bold and brash Maura has him viewing her as far more than somebody’s problem. Which raises a much bigger issue—how can he possibly elude disaster when the heart of the problem is his own?
Loved this one–another historical road trip romance FTW!
I was intrigued by Nichol’s career as a “fixer” for the rich and powerful–I mean, I guess they had to have them back then too, right? I just never thought about it 🙂 Either way, it turned out to be an ideal life choice for him–and not just because it put Maura in his path. He’s the kind of guy who thinks outside the box and gets things done; unfortunately (fortunately?) for him, so is Maura! 😉
The two of them were so much fun on the page together–I loved that she never waited around for a rescue but instead made things happen herself. And of course she’s the one who figures out how to fix a dangerous situation for the fixer–absolutely perfect! The epilogue, where Nichol does what he can to repay her sacrifice was spot on, and brought tears to my eyes 🙂
This one worked very much as a standalone–previous series characters get brief mentions/made even briefer appearances in the epilogue, but you definitely don’t have to have read their stories to enjoy this one.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than two dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular historical romance series, the Cabot Sisters, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.