The Duke’s Scottish Lass by Tammy Andresen
Brethren of Stone series (Prequel Novella)
August 3, 2018
One family united by loss, driven to find love
Six siblings unite after the death of their parents around their eldest brother, Stone. They consider blood to be a binding oath and vow to protect one another. They all must face their own demons as they find love and their places in the world.
Lady Delia Alban absolutely cannot marry the handsome rake, Roderick Maddox, fourth Duke of Manchester, despite her brother Stone’s insistence she do just that. Though he has long reformed his ways, he steals her breath away every time their eyes meet and she simply doesn’t deserve that kind of happiness. Not after the death of her brother, Reginald. She must pay penance, because, if not for her, he would still be alive.
Roderick Maddox, has known for years he would marry Delia. Before Reginald’s death, he made a promise to his friend, not only would he care for Reginald’s sister, but he would reform himself into the type of man Delia deserved. He never expected Delia to ignite such passion or to be so resistant to him. Nor did he realize he held the secret about Reginald’s death that could crush their budding feelings forever.
This story was formerly published as Taming a Lady Wolf in Kathryn LeVeque’s, The de Wolfe Pack. Delia’s brothers decided their stories needed to be told as well. This is now the prequel novella to the series, Brethren of Stone.
“Life can bring all sorts of unexpected things.”
I was captivated with this story from the beginning. My heart ached for Delia as she held so much guilt over the death of one of her brothers. She was so determined she did not deserve happiness. Roderick had committed to Delia’s late brother, his good friend, that he would take care of her and marry her. Over the years, he worked to change his rogue ways so that he was deserving of her. When Roderick returns to Scotland, he finds Delia is now a stunning woman and is unexpectantly attracted to her. She pushed him away but he knocked down her defenses and was able to heal her and help her. I enjoy reading stories with big families and getting to know each family member. I’m so glad there will be more from this protective and loving family as they each deal in their own way of the loss they have suffered.
Tammy Andresen consistently delivers well-written, easy to read, historical romances. She has blended grief with romance element as well as healing and growth. This was a treat to read.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (August 5, 2018)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.