Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple
Unlaced By The Highland Duke is book two of The Lochmore Legacy historical romances.
A set of four books, each steps back into history as clues to a mystery are revealed. Book one began in the Victorian era, book two is set during the Regency years, book three in Tudor times, and the final book is set in the medieval period.
So far we have been introduced to a mystical brooch, an empty crypt and a long standing family feud between two clans.
Book two is set in 1815. Duke Benneit Lochmore is a widower. He has a lively young son, Jamie, who dreams of becoming an explorer. The Duke is persuaded to give a temporary home to Jo, a distant relative. She will help care for Jamie while the Duke is running his estate and planning his second marriage.
I loved Jo’s Pied Piper style magic that weaved its way into the hearts of all those who lived and worked in the castle. The stories that she created for Jamie were a delight, and I wanted to go exploring for treasures left by mermaids and giants alongside Jamie on the local beaches.
There is plenty of romance too, and links to book one. I did go back to remind myself of how these characters fitted with the first story as they only have a minor role in the outset of the series. I also thought there might have been a little more about the ongoing mystery than there was. However it is still a very good Regency romance and could easily be read as a stand-alone story. Overall, the settings, story and characters ticked plenty of boxes for this genre.
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A plain Regency governess
In bed with the duke!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Unceremoniously packed off to Scotland to care for the Duke of Lochmore’s young son, practical widow Joane Langdale fears she will be ignored as always. But the deep connection and heated passion that develops between her and Benneit is far more dangerous! When Benneit is expected to propose to another, how dare Jo dream of becoming his duchess?
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