Author: Lori Ann Bailey
Genre: Historical Romance
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Scotland, August 1642
Maggie and Lachlan must fight their growing attraction, battling suspicion and intrigue as religious and political turmoil threaten to tear their clans apart.
He has sworn he will never marry.
Lachlan Cameron is honor bound to see a wounded lass to safety, although he has well learned women are deceivers, and this lovely maid harbors a wealth of secrets. But Maggie’s free spirit and charms enthrall him while he works to discover if she is innocent…or a spy scheming with his enemies to destroy his clan.
She has sworn she will never fall in love.
Maggie Murray fled her home to avoid a political marriage to an abusive man. Salvation comes when the Cameron laird, unaware of her identity, protects her as she escapes. His kindness slowly warms her, and she’s tempted to confess her real name. But his strong sense of honor would force him to return her to her father…and torment at the hands of her scorned betrothed.
After watching season one of Outlander, I was in the mood for some Scottish historical romance, and Lori Ann Bailey’s novel, Highland Deception, certainly fit the bill. Maggie Muray fled her home to avoid a political marriage to a man who not only she doesn’t love, but who is also abusive. Maggie decides that the only way to escape is to run away, and join a convent, despite secretly dreaming of someone who will love her and cherish her.
Maggie escapes, and along the way, she meets Lachlan Cameron, whose honor binds him to see her to safety. Lachlan has a bad history with women, and thinks most of them are liars and deceivers. Yet he swears to protect her, and the more time he spends with Maggie, the more he realizes she’s a free spirit, has a lot of charm and wit, and is nothing at all like he feared she would be.
This was a fun, fast-paced and very romantic highlander romance that entertained me for quite a few hours. I really enjoyed this book, and the writing was excellent. I’m sure fans of the genre will love this.