Author: Candace Camp
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date Published: June 17th 2014
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4 out of 5 Stars
***I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.***
Love is in the cards for a young Scottish heiress in the first book of a delicious new trilogy of historical romances, Secrets of the Loch, from New York Times bestselling author Candace Camp.
A family legend of hidden treasure mingles with the mist over the shores of Loch Baille . . . But it’s not the cache of gold dating back to Culloden that Jack Kensington claims when he arrives in the Highlands; it’s the house he won in a London card game from a luckless Scotsman.
Stunned to learn that her wastrel brother wagered their family estate, Isobel Rose must find a way to save her home and the people she loves . . . even if it means accepting a loveless marriage. Or perhaps not so loveless? Isobel unlocks the secrets of desire in the arms of the mysterious and handsome Englishman, but a series of “accidents” makes her fear that she will soon be a widow instead of a wife.
As their hunt for lost riches turns into the search for a killer, Isobel fights her attraction to the man who stole her birthright . . . but can Jack convince Isobel that he can provide a home for her heart, and a love to treasure?
When Isobel's younger brother loses their ancestral home in a game of cards to Jack Kensington, she finds herself in a tough situation. She can either find a relative willing to take her and her aging aunt in or figure something else out. Not only that but she is worried about what will happen to the crofters who work her land and what will happen to them if Jack sells her home. So she arranges a marriage with Jack on her own terms.
Isobel does the only thing that she can realistically do in her situation to protect her family and the people who look to her for support. I really admired her loyalty and determination to see her family and their crofters safe. Jack mainly just wants the marriage for the prestige of being married to an old family and the doors it will help to open for him, at least at first. It didn't hurt that they were both attracted to each other to begin with either.
Jack and Isobel's romance progresses so naturally, nothing feels rushed or hurried, well besides the arranged marriage anyway. I delighted in them falling in love, and of course knew they were long before they did. The story was very interesting too, with a fantastic mixture of romance, intrigue and mystery. The mystery unfolded seamlessly throughout the book and I'll admit I didn't know who was causing all of the trouble until the very end.
I was so excited to see that the second book in the series, Pleasured, features Meg (Isobel's best friend and local midwife). I really enjoyed her character, she was fiery and independent, and I have a few ideas as to where her story will lead. Can't wait to find out if I'm right!
Overall, I really enjoyed Treasured! It was a delightful historical romance, with all of the historical details that I love and a sweet romance. If you're looking for a really good read, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one!