Thursday 29 October 2015

The Highlander's Accidental Marriage (Marriage Mart Mayhem #6) by Callie Hutton (2015)

Scotland, 1817
The Duke of Manchester's sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune–leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband.
When she proclaims they’re married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can't bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation...
Now they are bound together until death do they part–even if Sarah has no intention of becoming any man's wife.

This story is filled with drama. It begins with with a carriage accident followed by the maid becoming ill and left behind. This leaves Lady Sarah unchaperoned and needing help getting to her sister's home. Handsome professor Braeden McKinnon is near at hand to reluctantly guide events and escort her on her journey. Unfortunately things get complicated when Lady Sarah announces to the innkeeper that they are married. Lady Darah is very strong willed and has no intention of ever getting married, not even to Braeden whom she now adores. Her first love is writing and she doesn't want to give it up. I found her independent streak less endearing and more annoying towards the end of the book as she refused to discuss her fears with Braeden. I found myself just wishing that she would hurry up, get on with it and just tell him. Eventually, after much upset and frustration, the pair finally talk and come to a compromise leading to the much anticipated happily ever after.

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