by Julie Garwood
#10 "Secret" Title
rated 4 Stars (easy)
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud, as purposeful as she was loyal. The dear Scottish friend of her childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another, private reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland. Laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melging bloss of Iain's serching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprighly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!!
So, Julie Garwood is awesome! She's done it again with this book. I enjoyed the interplay between the Iain and Judith. I also enjoyed the engaging secondary characters. I especially liked Broderick. (the scene where they are at his sister-in-laws parents house, and she (Judith) takes him outside to give him a piece of her mind....then when they return she's trying to act like nothing has happened and he looks remotely like a small boy whose been put into timeout....then he begrudgingly has the conversation he didn't want to have. He feels like a chick...talking about clan gossip...) I enjoyed the banter, and the quirky humor. Classic Julie Garwood. Love it!!!