Review: The Whisky Laird’s Bed by Donna MacMeans

whisky lairds bedReviewed by Jen

This is a pleasant historical that I enjoyed fairly well.  It didn’t really evoke any strong feelings and it’s pretty predictable, but it’s a comfortable journey as well as a quick and easy read.

Our heroine, Claire, is a card carrying member of the Temperance Movement. Her father was an abusive drunk, and far too often she has seen the terrible effects on the families of men who drink away their money. 

Her commitment to the Sober Society is one of the most important things in her life.  But it’s not the only thing. She is also part of the Rake Patrol and considers it her duty to help young women stay safe from men who mean to compromise them.

When a young woman seeks out her advice about accepting a personal ad for marriage, Claire fears it’s a trap.  And when the woman ends up going to Scotland anyway, Claire decides to follow her to keep her safe.  That’s how she first crosses paths with the laird, Cameron.  Now I have to stop here and say that this was one of the WTH moments of the book.  Claire is so concerned about another woman traveling with a companion to Scotland, that she goes alone? To head off who she thinks are slavers?  And how exactly was she going to do this?  The whole idea really paints Claire as an idiot, which is a shame, because she isn’t really one.

Anyway, the young woman in question quickly realizes Cameron’s not right for her, but her companion is injured and has to stay at the castle to heal.  Claire won’t leave her and that is the set up for the romance.  Cameron is your typical sexy but dedicated laird.  Claire is the slightly shrill English woman who has to get used to his ways and then falls madly in love with both him and Scotland.  Most romances in this vein play out exactly the same way.  Sure, the temperance angle juxtaposed by the fact that Cameron runs a distillery to keep the town employed gives it a bit of its own flavor. But only a bit.

I enjoyed watching Claire go from an ugly duckling in her mind to someone who can see the beauty in herself.  I liked how she helped Cameron through some of his personal ghosts.  The end is satisfying.  But there were no real surprises or any deep feeling that made me invest in it too much.  I liked it ok.

Rating: B/B-

*ARC Provided by InterMix

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The Whisky Laird’s Bed
by Donna MacMeans
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: InterMix

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