Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Bit of Romance with Plenty of Stubborn

If You Desire by 

Summary: How much temptation can a Highlander resist? Fierce Scottish brothers shadowed by a dark curse face steamy new adventures in the second book in Kresley Cole's thrilling new trilogy.
He tried to run....
In his youth, Hugh MacCarrick foolishly fell in love with a beautiful English lass who delighted in teasing him with her flirtatious ways. Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was shadowed by an accursed family legacy. To avoid temptation, Hugh left home, ultimately becoming an assassin.
She tried to forget him.... 
Jane Weyland was devastated when the Highlander she believed would marry her abandoned her instead. Years later, when Hugh MacCarrick is summoned to protect her from her father's enemies, her heartache has turned to fury -- but her desire for him has not waned.
Will passion overwhelm them?
In hiding, Jane torments Hugh with seductive play. He struggles to resist her because of deadly secrets that could endanger her further. But Hugh is no longer a gentle young man -- and toying with the fever-pitched desires of a hardened warrior will either get Jane burned...or enflame a love that never died.
Review: A sweet, satisfying romance with characters that feel more like caricatures
I liked this book better than If You Dare. It was nice to have established feelings between the two main characters instead of one being kidnapped and then falling for her kidnapper. It explained how the two characters felt about each other. I must admit not understanding why the two feel for each other. Jane was a fiery character, but was often too pushy and acted like a spoiled brat on a number of occasions. Hugh was a very caring person, but frankly, he acted like a crude, uncouth man a lot of the time. Tall, large men are not always hulking beings that act like cavemen. 
Despite their faults, it was really nice to see their romance blossom and it was often quite sweet. They had a number of misunderstandings, but were still able to express their feelings to each other. Grey and the danger he posed was a subplot to their romance. I was disappointed by how quickly the Grey situation was resolved. I also didn't understand how quickly Hugh disregarded the curse as being folly. I am glad they had a happy ending and I am interested in finding out what happened to Ethan. 

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that read If You Dare and enjoyed it. I would recommend this series to fans of historical romance with Scottish Highlanders.

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