The Master of Stathburn
by Amy Rose Bennett
May 15, 2016
Scottish Historical Romance
A sweeping, sexy Highland romance about a wanted Jacobite with a wounded soul, and a spirited Scottish lass on the run.
Robert Grant has returned home to Lochrose Castle in the Highlands to reconcile with his long-estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. But there is a price on Robert’s head, and his avaricious younger half-brother, Simon, doesn’t want him reclaiming his birthright. And it’s not only Simon and the redcoats that threaten to destroy Robert’s plans after a flame-haired complication of the feminine kind enters the scene…
Jessie Munroe is forced to flee Lochrose Castle after the dissolute Simon Grant tries to coerce her into becoming his mistress. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious and handsome hunter, Robert, in a remote Highland glen, she throws her lot in with the stranger—even though she suspects he is a fugitive. She soon realises that this man is dangerous in an entirely different way to Simon…
Despite their searing attraction, Robert and Jessie struggle to trust each other as they both seek a place to call home. The stakes are high and only one thing is certain: Simon Grant is in pursuit of them both…
The Master of Strathburn is the first book I have read by Amy Rose Bennett. I chose to read this book because of the subject matter, former Viscount, Jacobite fugitive meets lovely lass that gives him assistance. The cover of the book is lovely too.
Jessie Munroe and Robert Grants (Lord Lochrose) first meeting left much to be desired, but he showed her compassion and was nothing at all like the man from whom she was running from. Although Jessie is unaware of Roberts true identity when they first meet, she is a smart lass and figures it out soon enough.
‘I shot her. In the arm.’
‘Ye truly have been away from the Highlands too long when ye mistake a lass for a hind. I’m astounded Miss Munroe would even speak to ye, let alone wed ye!’
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story, but it wasn’t what I got. I enjoyed this book! It had everything you could possibly be looking for in a Scottish, Historical Romance. A strong, loyal, roguish/gentleman Scotsman. (I loved the character of, Robert Grant!)A sweet, loyal Highland lass, with a gentle nature, but not afraid to stand up for the man she loves, or what she believes in. There was a time or two that I would have liked Jessie to have not been afraid, but I got over it. I liked her character.
‘When Jessie chanced a fleeting glance back at Lady Strathburn, the undisguised look of hatred that the woman shot her filled her heart with foreboding. She feared that when the viper struck again, it would be much worse than a barbed comment.’
I feel the author did an excellent job of giving us background information on Jessie and Grants characters, and fleshing them out. This was a story about relationships, trust, and redemption. It was not just about sex, as some historical romances may be these day. Yes, there were some pretty steamy sex scenes, but those happened later in the story, and didn’t take up residence in our H&H’s minds every scene in the book. I adore that the author gave me a story with some meat on it’s bones.
‘No mater that they had only spent a few days together. She knew she was in love with him as surely as night follows day. She decided then and there to do whatever was within her power to save Robert from a traitor’s death, even if that meant pleading with the Lord Advocate himself.’
I liked Robert’s father, he was a gentleman, and loved his son very much. There were a few ‘nasty’ characters in this book, and I am glad that the author did not leave any loose ends where they were concerned. While the plot moved along at an exciting and steady pace, it was predictable. But in this case I didn’t mind a bit. This was a truly heartwarming story. The author even adds a few ‘real’ characters from history in this story. It is all believable. I just can’t believe that I haven’t read anything else from the author, and will have to fix that very soon.
I recommend this book to anyone that loves Scottish, Historical Romance, Scotland in general. Wonderful Read! *I received an eCopy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.