"An utterly charming slow-burn romance." - Cat Sebastian, author of The Soldier's Scoundrel
When his brother leaves him in charge of Llynmore Castle, Robert Townsend is determined to make everything go smoothly. What does it matter if he's inexplicably drawn to Ian Cameron, the estate’s stoic steward? Robert is sure he can ignore the way the Highlander's apparent dislike of him gets under his skin. They'll muddle along just fine so long as they avoid one another. An excellent plan…until a fire forces Ian into the castle—and Robert's personal space.
Ian Cameron has worked for everything he owns, unlike spoiled Robert Townsend. And he may not have friends, but he has the Highlands and the stars, and what more could he really need? But when a guest's stolen possession appears in his room, he doesn't have much choice but to admit to the handsome and aggravatingly charming Townsend brother that he needs help. To solve this mystery, they'll have to put aside their differences. And as Ian learns more about Robert, he'll have to guard his heart…or it may be the next thing stolen.
Each book in the Townsends series is STANDALONE:
* Enchanting the Earl
* The Rogue's Conquest
* A Scot's Surrender
* Claiming the Highlander's Heart
About the Author
Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst corn fields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.
When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a wonderful surprise. After two instalments of her Highlands-based Regency series featuring heterosexual – though assuredly tempestuous – couples, Lily Maxton hits us with A Scot’s Surrender, a delightful forbidden love tale of two gentlemen, one brother to the lord of Llynmore Castle, the other the castle’s steward. Robert Townsend is used to being liked, so is quite put out when the abrasive Ian Cameron refuses to succumb to his manifold charms. Ian Cameron is a self-made man who believes in hard work and discipline, neither of which seem to be among Robert Townsend's chosen pastimes. But neither can deny their attraction for long, and pretty soon they discover the truth about each other... in more ways than one. Also, there are troublesome houseguests – castleguests? – and some mysterious thefts to be solved. It’s really a lot of fun. * This review appeared as an "M/M Recommendation" in the April 2018 issue of Romantic Intentions Quarterly.
Lily Maxton wrote a M/M historical romance? Yes, please! The romance here is slow moving, with an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers vibe that I liked quite a lot. Both main characters are convinced the other doesn't like him, and are further convinced that they don't care at all about that fact, and yeah...you can see where this is going to go. In the meantime, we get fun exchanges like this: "So...ye want me there because you're frightened to go alone?" Townsend tilted his head and narrowed his eyes. "I'm not frightened," he said. "I like to hedge my bets." "Meaning?" "If there would happen to be something down there--a deranged murderer, who's been hiding there for years unbeknownst to any of us, or, God forbid, a rampaging unicorn--I might have a chance to escape if they're occupied with you first." Ian didn't even know where to begin. "So ye would use me as a human shield?" "Don't take it personally, Cameron. I would be tempted to use anyone as a shield against murderers and unicorns." "I don't think it likely that there's anything down there. Someone would have noticed." "You obviously haven't read as many gothic novels as I have." So, so true. And he undoubtedly hasn't written any... ;) This story is fairly low-angst--there is a bit of a mystery plot and an almost-forced marriage for propriety reasons, but both are resolved fairly easily, if not quite quickly. I did appreciate that the fact that an HEA for Ian and Robert is going to be risky and definitely not non-stop sunshine and rainbows (given the story's setting) is discussed. Still, one is left with a definite hopeful feeling in the end that both of our heroes have had a hand in working towards. A Scot's Surrender is a sweet historical M/M romance. Though it's the third in the series, it absolutely works as a standalone--his family factors into a lot of the decisions Robert makes, but they personally don't play a huge role (his older brother shows up for about five minutes worth of reading, that's it) and you don't need to have read their books at all to appreciate Robert's. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
A Scot's Surrender by Lily Maxton is the third story in her historical romance Townsend series. It's also her first male/male romance and features an opposites attract story set in the Scottish countryside. Robert Townsend is in charge of his family's Lynmore Castle while his older brother is away. A fire at one of the cottages on their property lands the family's factor, a taciturn and broody Scot from the highlands named Ian Cameron as an unexpected houseguest. Robert's always been somewhat fascinated by Ian for reasons he's been hesitant to name even to himself, though Ian clearly doesn't think much of the easygoing and affable Robert. If the stress of having Ian under his roof isn't enough, some stranded travelers also end up at the castle, and within a few days of their arrival some of their belongings go missing. A charge of thievery could ruin any servant's career, not to mention leaving Robert in the unenviable position of explaining yet another misfortune to befall the family to his older brother. Robert takes it upon himself to discover the truth, and while evidence initially points to Ian, it's clear there's more to the mystery. Conscripting Ian to help him means spending some time together, the result being the discovery that the animosity between them is really hiding a deeper passion. Becoming friends, then lovers, will Ian and Robert solve the mystery and figure out a way they can make their relationship a permanent one? I've really enjoyed romances by Lily Maxton in the past as she writes engaging and interesting characters and she certainly does that here. Robert may be an aristocrat but he's not the heir since he's the younger son, and he's got a secret that he's keeping – he writes mysteries that have a popular following (even if the critics aren't always so impressed). He's a gentle and pleasant man who hasn't ever explored his bisexuality before. But Ian is someone who stirs his appetite to find out more. Ian left his home as a teenager when his family kicked him out upon finding out he was gay, and has never gone back. He's a cynical man who trusts few and spends his days working on the land. His sexual experience is also limited due to the real possibility of being pilloried and jailed as homosexuality is illegal, and finding men willing to indulge means no names and furtive encounters with strangers. When he senses Robert's interest, he is careful to keep his distance, but that only works for so long. Robert is the one to make the first move, from which point Ian can no longer resist the attraction. Their love scenes are sexy and full of emotion due to the risk they know they are taking. Their connection becomes stronger as the days go by but once they solve the mystery of the missing items, they must also figure out if being together is really possible. Coming out to one's family is fraught with danger in this time period and the easier route for Robert would be to marry. Fortunately they figure things out and the reader gets a satisfying happy ending. This is a low angst, slow burn, sexy romance between two men who are willing to risk much in order to be happy.
This is not my usual trope to read but I found it engaging and it held my attention. I think this may be the first book by Lily Maxton involving a m/m relationship. It was well done in the author's usual style. The setting and characters were well described and engaged you in the story. Robert Townsend is determined to run Llynmore Castle when his brother leaves him in charge. But the estates's steward, Ian Cameron seems to dislike him intensely for some reason. A fire and a mystery throw the two together to find out what happened to a guest's stolen possession when all fingers point toward Ian. Having to depend upon Robert to help him sort everything out, they have to work together and solve the mystery. But as hearts become engaged, it seems they are bound to be together. So sit back and enjoy the story and look for the next Lily Maxton story!