by Sandy Blair

October 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-7996-6
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Katherine Templeton has assumed a fake identity to try and reach a Lady Margaret Campbell, who supposedly would be able to tell her why the Scots were allowing their king to languish in the Tower of London. Katherine’s father was the captive king’s tutor and she had had a chance to interact with the young man on many occasions. It wasn’t until his 16th birthday, however, that she had a vision of King James, as an adult, and “saw” all the atrocities he would commit. Katherine knew she had to do something.

Before heading to Scotland, Katherine had been given one warning: stay away from Ian MacKay, the infamous Thief of Hearts. He was loyal to Albany, the man that had not moved a hand yet to ransom the rightful king of Scotland, and that meant he was the enemy.

A Thief in a Kilt is Sandy Blair’s third title in her fun and lighthearted, paranormal-laced historical romance series. Although this book, as well as the rest of the series, has a somewhat light tone, this particular title also has the right amount of emotion wrapped into the plot to make it a truly romantic, touching and compelling read. I found myself alternately smiling and getting teary eyed. It is the sort of book that you will read in one sitting. I loved both main characters as their motivations are clearly defined. I do admit I wanted to throttle Katherine a couple of times, but boy, did she make me smile! And that bit of insecurity that she had as to her looks gave her just the right amount of vulnerability. As to Ian, he is roguish yet full of honor, and he is not the brooding sort either, despite the huge burden that he carries on his shoulders. The way he feels attracted to Katherine and how he appreciates her intelligence as well as her body, just makes you melt. I was quite surprised at the level of sensuality in this book. It is what I would call borderline erotic romance. Not that I am complaining, mind you, as I am a fan of the category. The author kept true to the setting of the story so the language can not be considered offensive or vulgar by any stretch of the imagination. However, and to my delight, it is quite explicit. If you like sensual historical romance with the perfect balance between romance, emotion and humor, A Thief in a Kilt is a must-read. You don’t want to miss it. It goes to my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in November 2006 by Mireya.

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