by Samantha James

March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-089940-0
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Mass Market Paperback

A century ago the Circle of Light, an ancient, magical relic, was stolen from the land called McDonough by an evil pirate, the Black Scotsman. It was known for bringing good luck to the McDonnell family. However, after the Circle of Light was stolen, a curse descended upon the inhabitants of the land and the Castle McDonough.

Now it is a century later and Maura McDonnell has made a deathbed promise to her father to regain the Circle of Light and save their land from certain destruction.

When she tricks the Duke of Gleneden Alec McBride into marrying her, Maura realizes she has created a web of trickery that will ensnare her heart, and cause her to surrender to the passion of the descendant of the Black Scotsman.

Bride of a Wicked Scotsman is an okay story. Maura's character has a tendency to take her deathbed promise so seriously, it begins to get in the way of the story. Maura's initial inability to tell Alec about the curse becomes very frustrating because you wonder “Why can't she tell him?”. Then in the middle of the story, another problem is revealed about the curse of the Circle of Light and this causes Maura more anguish. I did not like this character constantly carrying the burden of guilt and not able to talk about it. I felt her noble reasons overpowered the story.

I have read other Samantha James stories and while I enjoyed this story, it lacked the substance she usually displays in her stories.

Reviewed in February 2009 by Lakisha.

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