July 1, 2008
Almost all at once, Brianna MacLeod lost her husband, her unborn bairn, and her
father, while becoming the first female laird of the clan MacLeod. Keeping that
title is easier said than done, and Brianna must conceive a new heir to carry
Now widowed, she determines the best candidate for the job is the brother of her
sworn enemy. Ewan Fraserís twin took her husband and child from her, it is only
fitting that he should pay recompense for his clan in the form of sexual
service. Sheíll return him to his home unharmed once she has conceived.
Ewan has never forgotten the girl that stole his heart ten long years ago, the
girl he made a blood bond with. Being with Brianna is a dream come true, but he
never quite expected it would be with him bound to her bed to perform a stud
service. But the chains on his wrists are nothing compared to the chains she
has on his heartÖ
I really wasnít sure quite what to make of a historical romance with a female
laird, but the idea definitely intrigued me. I couldnít imagine how author Hope
Tarr would pull it off, but having now read BOUND TO PLEASE, I can
say she totally made it work for me.
Is the idea of a woman as laird historically accurate? I donít know, and to be
honest, I donít really care. Iím no historian. I simply enjoy a good story,
and this plot definitely made for a fascinating read. I canít confirm the
historical details, but I know when I enjoy a book.
The role reversal with a woman in power kidnapping the hero and subjecting him
to her desire was a wonderfully delicious twist on an old theme! What really
makes Briannaís role as laird interesting is that although she has been groomed
for it by her father for nearly half her life, the reality of assuming the
responsibility is somewhat tricky. Still, finding her footing as the leader of
the clan MacLeod is easier than finding her footing as a woman who can stir
desire in the object of her affections. Little does she know that Ewan already
loves her for herself, without all of the trappings of femininity, though he has
no complaints whatsoever when she quite literally lets her hair down and
embraces her femininity.
Ewanís pride compels him to try and resist Briannaís attempts at forced
seduction, but his body canít deny what his heart feels for her. Being used for
his seed and then cast away is not part of his long-term plan for her Ė he
intends to seduce her body, mind and heart.
Of course, everything isnít as it seems. Briannaís convinced that Ewanís
brother killed her husband, and he swears by his brotherís innocence. No matter
how much this couple loves each other, they cannot be together until the mystery
of her husbandís murder is solved and the long-standing feud between the Fraser
and MacLeod clans is ended. Unraveling this mystery results in some surprises
in the plot, and provides both obstacles to their romance and the impetus for
their finally pledging their betrothal.
If you are looking for a sexy romance with hunky Scottish heroes and a bit of
intrigue in a historical period, you will not want to miss BOUND TO PLEASE!
Buy it in Print