Review - The Whisky Laird’s Bed by Donna MacMeans


Lady of temperance, laird of temptation...

Claire Starke has no illusions about her future. As her father repeatedly reminded her, her looks would never win a husband, and her poverty makes her an even less suitable wife. Luckily, her comrades at the Rake Patrol have given her joy and comfort—enough to quell the dull ache for a family of her own. So, when fellow member Faith runs off to the Highlands, investigating a whisky distiller advertising for an English wife, Claire sees no choice but to save her friend from this intemperate and lustful man. But she didn’t expect the Highland laird to be so intriguing, or to begin questioning her own restraint…

Still reeling from the distillery accident which left him scarred and shaken, Cameron MacPherson has no plans to marry, even if his mother is determined to tie him to one of the British milquetoasts parading through his castle. But when Claire bursts upon the scene, hurling accusations about alcohol and ruin, he finds the reformer fascinating. The fact that she stands up to him when others shrink away is more than charming—this one has spirit and, to be honest, he wouldn’t mind drinking a deep draught of her


Lady of temperance, laird of temptation...

This is the second book in The Rake Patrol series, but could easily be read as a stand-alone.  Claire is an interesting character that is strong willed and direct, in a world where women are expected to be compliant and dainty.  Cameron is a three dimensional hero, who is strong and vulnerable, and is more interested in his duty to his family and town than he is finding a wife.

The true conflict is that she is active in the temperance in London movement and he owns a whisky distillery in Scotland. 

This was a quick and fun read and interesting story.  I’d recommend it to anyone who loves romance, even those who don’t typically read historical romance.

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


An award winner author, Donna MacMeans writes witty and seductive historical romance set in the Victorian era.


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