A few months ago, I bumped into Melissa Blue on Facebook. I don’t remember if it was in one of the promotion groups or during a release party, but I do remember seeing the cover for one of the books from her Under the Kilt series and deciding I should check it out.
I started with the first book in the series, Under His Kilt, which was sexy fun and perfect for reminding me why I like Scotland and Scottish men like Ewan McGregor so much. Jocelyn and Ian had great chemistry and the story of a woman with a bucket list and exploring her fantasies with someone who should have been off-limits was a page turner. 😉 Ditto Her Insatiable Scot. Loved the set-up of the former con man Tristan (who just happens to be Ian’s brother) and the shy Keri (who just happens to be Jocelyn’s cousin) and what happens when they have to pretend to be Ian and Jocelyn to help them get the house of their dreams was another plump dollop of sexy, funny frothiness that made me laugh and cheer for a couple who were obviously meant for each other.
It didn’t take long for me to move on to Kilted for Pleasure. This time the story moves on to Callan, Ian and Tristan’s cousin, and Victoria, who works for Ian, and what happens during the three months that Victoria is in Scotland. Ian has sent her there to convince Callan to help work on restoring and repairing some antiques. And the last thing that Callan wants is to be distracted by a woman he thinks could still be wet behind the ears. And Victoria? Well, she’s been burned in the past by a man she trusted and she’s cut love out of her life.
Of the three books in the series, Kilted for Pleasure was my absolute favorite. Why? I love a story with good characterisation and deep point of view. And we get that in Kilted for Pleasure. Melissa takes us deep into both Callan and Victoria so we get a great sense of who they are and *why* they are this way without simply telling us. She shows us. Add to the mix the loveable cad, Douglass Baird–also known as the Baird–the patriarch of the Baird clan–who assumes the role of our unlikely Cupid.
You’ve got to love a book featuring a sexy, brooding Scotsman. Kilted for Pleasure is not just a sexy summer read, it’s a story about two people who’ve given up on love and who are afraid to give themselves emotionally to one another. Instead of admitting what’s in their hearts, they focus on pleasuring one another–even when they both know there are consequences. Throughout the novel, there’s so much sexual tension and release but there’s also a hell of a lot of soul-searching as these two very flawed characters traverse an emotional minefield. Neither wants to admit their feelings, yet both are falling love. And for Callan especially this is torture (in a good way) since he’s still dealing with the death of his wife. And I think that’s one of the most interesting aspects of Kilted for Pleasure (even if I do love reading about sexy Scotsmen)–not only are we watching a man fall in love, not only are we peeling away the layers of his rough and ready image, we’re experiencing the guilt and turmoil he feels as he tries to hold Victoria at bay (though he cannot stay away from her since he’s so drawn to her) and come to grips with the realisation that loving Victoria does not mean he is betraying his deceased wife.
Are there frustrating moments? Of course there are! And that’s why we love sexy rom-com. Will you fall in love with Callan? Yup! Will Victoria drive you insane even as you’re cheering you on? Yup! Will you want to go to Scotland even though you know it will be chilly and rainy during the summer? Indeed! 😉
Fun, sexy and set in Scotland. Loved it!