Sunday, February 17, 2013

Kilted Desire Book 1: Sands of Betrayal

Just a brief little overview and then I’ll get into my review of the first book.

Scott Maclaren is a Scottish Special Forces soldier who has had to overcome so many tragedies in his life.  His wife divorces him for another man while he was still in the hospital recovering from injuries(including a broken back). 
He then travels overseas to visit his grandparents and that’s how his story begins.  
Luckily with three years of physical therapy, Scott was finally back to living a somewhat normal life, however a lonely life.  He takes to the internet and finds Katie Johnson, a school teacher who he falls hard and fast for.  Scott’s devotion and love for Katie will take him across the world once again to the Middle East.  He takes a bodyguard position to secure the life of Britney Parnell. Britney is of course a very young, pretty, businesswoman.  Of course, this causes problems between Scott and Katie. 

The story follows Scott and Britney’s time in Baghdad as well as his devotion to his girlfriend Katie.   The book is jammed packed with lots of action, adventure, and satisfying love scenes.
My thoughts...
I have to be completely honest here, this is probably the only romance book I have ever read that I skipped the biggest majority of the sex scenes.  It’s not that they aren’t well written, because they are, it’s just not what I focused on. I focused more on Scott’s story in the Middle East and how he protected Britney.  I really sympathized more with him than any other character in the story.  He was a character that you wanted to root for.  Scott had to overcome so many obstacles in his life and he never let any of them get him down.  He was a fighter!  Scott did everything he had to do to provide for his girlfriend Katie and her daughters. Now, with saying that, Katie drove me nuts.  I’ll let you have your own opinion of her, but that’s just mine. I don't want to sway your judgment at all, but let's just say that she really tried my patience. My heart really went out to Scott and ladies, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want some strong, Scottish soldier totally devoted to us? Count me in. Overall, it was a very nice, easy read.  I gave it a 4 out of 5 on Amazon.

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  1. I liked book one but had a little trouble getting into it. But glad I read it by the time I got to book two :)

    1. I had a hard time with it too, but I'm glad I stuck with it. :)

  2. Great review! I loved the book too and I agree I wanted to shake Katie a couple of times also. Since I never read a m/f romance written by a guy before I didn't know what to expect. A mans view of romance and sex is different then a women's view. And it was refreshing, written like real life and not 12 pages of fantasized foreplay. And he made me cry...I love it when a book makes me cry.

    1. Yeah the whole guy writing romance thing really threw me for a loop too. I was really surprised by it. :)

  3. I really liked this book, but the second one is my favorite.