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The Highlander's Accidental Marriage
A Marriage Mart Mayhem Novel
By Callie Hutton, Erin Molta
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On a road outside of Edinburgh, Scotland
Braeden McKinnon glanced up at the sky at the light drizzle and menacing clouds gathering. "I hope we make it to the inn before the skies open up." His voice carried in the wind to Monty Blackwood riding beside him, both of their horses covered with sweat from the hard ride.
"Ach, it won't be the first time we've gotten soaked."
"Nay. And not the last," Braeden said. They continued on for several minutes, the wind whipping around them preventing any type of conversation.
They'd been on the road from Edinburgh University for most of the morning. Braeden was on his way home to the northwestern Highlands and Monty to his on the east coast. Although the difference in their ages spanned two decades, they were close friends and fellow professors at the esteemed school.
At twenty-eight, Braeden was the youngest full professor at Edinburgh and, indeed, probably in all of Scotland and England. As odd as the situation was, given his superior intellect, he'd always been more comfortable with those much older than him.
"What is that up ahead?" Monty pulled on the reins to slow his horse at the sight of two women standing at the side of the road. One woman had her arm around the other, obviously comforting her.
"'Tis the middle of nowhere. What the devil are they doing?" Monty's brow furrowed as they came to a complete halt.
Braeden slid from his horse and strode to the women. "What happened, lasses?"
The wee one, with huge hazel eyes and dark brown curls tumbling around her ears continued to pat the other one on the back. "We had an accident." Her voice came out breathless and shaky. Her pale features and wide eyes registered shock.
"What sort of an accident?" Monty said as he joined them.
The other lady, older and obviously the employer of the tiny maid, wailed. "Our carriage slid in the mud, and then hit that boulder." She pointed to the massive protrusion a bit farther down. "And then ... and then ..." She buried her head into her maid's neck.
Her speech told him the ladies were from England — far from home.
The maid once again patted the older woman on the back. "It's all right. Just try to calm yourself." She turned to Braeden. "Both of us were thrown from the carriage when the door swung open after it hit the boulder. But the carriage went over the side. I'm terribly afraid the driver and footman, along with the poor horses, might have been injured. Or perhaps even killed."
The little bit of drizzle had turned into a steady rain. The only shelter was a copse of trees a short distance from the road. "Why don't ye lasses move over under those trees? Monty and I will see what we can learn about yer driver and footman."
"We shouldn't be talking to them, it is not proper." The older woman kept her back to them, but her whispered words reached him anyway.
"Madam, we are not standing in a London ballroom, I'm afraid. Ye need to get yerselves out of the rain and let us take a look at the carriage. If it makes ye feel better, I am Professor Braeden McKinnon, and this is Professor Monty Blackwood. We're both scholars at Edinburgh University." Realizing the women were distraught, he softened his voice. "I ken this is not a formal introduction, but 'tis the best we can do for now."
"They're Scottish!" the older woman said.
"Yes, dear, we are in Scotland, remember?" The wee one tilted her lips in a slight smile at Braeden. He shook his head at the nonsense London ladies were wont to spout off.
"See, now all is fine. Let us go out of the rain and allow the men to do what they need to." Thank goodness the young maid had a great deal more sense than her employer. She urged the older woman toward the copse of trees.
He stared after them. By the saints, even with her wet hair plastered to her forehead and the rain dripping from her pert nose, the lass was beautiful. Though tiny, she had curves in all the right places. His hands itched to run over the dips and rises of her body. Ach! He didn't usually have such a fascination for a lass.
Monty nudged him out of the trance the lass had put him into, and they set off toward the edge of the cliff. The climb down the hill where the carriage lay at the bottom was difficult with the rain making the descent slippery and hazardous. Grasping onto roots and branches, they cautiously made their way down.
The carriage lay on its side, broken parts of it scattered around the rocky spot where it had landed. It didn't take much to note that both the driver and footman had perished in the crash. Monty reluctantly drew his pistol and shot one of the two horses who hadn't died but was seriously injured.
"We'll have to send someone back to retrieve the bodies," Braeden said.
"Aye. But what will we do about the lasses?"
"Not much we can do. We can't leave them by the side of the road. We'll have to get them to the nearest inn so they can make arrangements to continue with their journey."
Braeden eyed the large trunk still strapped to the back of the broken carriage. "I imagine the lasses will want their belongings. Mayhap we can haul that trunk up for them."
"For what purpose? We can't set it on the backs of our horses. Let whoever comes for the bodies bring it back to the inn for them."
"A good idea." Braeden reached for a strong-looking branch and hauled himself up. After slipping and sliding their way back up the muddy hill, both men reached the top.
The young maid had left the older lady under the trees while she peeked over the edge of the cliff. "Are they dead?" Her tangled mass of wet hair spilled over her shoulders, almost blocking his vision of her lovely face. 'Twas too bad a beauty such as her was stuck tending to an older, and most likely complaining, Englishwoman.
"Aye, I'm afraid so, lass."
Tears filled her eyes as she took in the news. "How horrible. Their families must be notified."
"Where is it ye and yer lady are traveling?"
The lass seemed to shake herself from deep thought and regarded him.
"We are traveling to the northwestern Highlands."
"Monty and I can take the two of ye to the nearest inn where ye can make whatever arrangements ye need."
"Yes, that would be wonderful. Thank you so much." She started to move away, and then turned back to him. Once more he was struck by her loveliness. She chewed on her lower lip, making him wish to cover the plumpness with his mouth.
What the devil is wrong with me?
"One thing, sir. Would it be possible to bring the trunk up here?"
"Now, lass. What good would that do ye? Surely ye can wait until whoever comes back here for the bodies to bring the trunk to ye," Monty said.
"Oh, no. Highwaymen could come by and riffle through our things. There are jewels in that trunk that cannot be left behind."
"Lass, we've only two horses — for two of us and two of ye. 'Tis enough of a burden without expecting the poor animals to carry a trunk." Braeden removed his spectacles and wiped the water from his eyes.
"Of course not." She raised her chin. Lord, she was a bonny little thing. Her eyes flashed as if she stood several feet above him, instead of barely coming up to his chin. "I will merely remove a few pieces that should not be left behind."
Braeden glanced over at Monty who rolled his eyes.
"Aye. We'll haul it up here for ye." Braeden reached out to grab a branch and headed back down the trail.
With a great deal of groaning and swearing, they managed to get the trunk off the carriage and drag it up to the road and over to where the ladies sat under the trees. The rain continued its relentless assault, chilling him to the bone. The lasses must have been even worse off with their small size, especially the tiny maid.
Braeden set his hands on his hips, panting from the climb. "Here ye are. I suggest ye get what ye need and make it fast. Ye'll both be suffering from the ague if we don't get out of this rain."
The older lady continued to wail and moan as the maid opened the trunk only far enough to reach her hand in. She drew out a small pouch and proceeded to open it and don necklaces, bracelets, and rings, one after another. Her employer must have been quite lenient to allow her to adorn herself with the lady's jewels.
Wiping her forehead with the back of her bejeweled hand to push the ringlets plastered there, she continued to loop jewelry over her neck until she looked like a gypsy he had once seen at a fair. Both men stood watching her as she slid her hand in once again and dragged out a gown. Standing up, she pulled it over her head.
It wasn't until she had pulled on several more garments and draped them around her that Braeden's attention was caught. "How is it for a maid ye have so many frocks?"
"A maid?" The older woman exclaimed. She stood and straightened her shoulders, looking him in the eye. "How dare you, sir!"
Braeden and Monty exchanged surprised glances.
The outraged woman pointed to the wee lass. "I will have you know this is Lady Sarah Lacey, sister to the Duke of Manchester."
The little minx smiled at him and shimmied into another gown.
Sarah smirked. So the young handsome one — who'd introduced himself as Professor McKinnon — with the piercing blue eyes covered with spectacles that he kept wiping with his fingers, thought she was a maid? How amusing. His strong features and black wavy hair that skimmed his forehead put him in a class of men she'd spent a lot of time avoiding the last few years.
Tamping down the fluttering in her stomach, Sarah continued to drop one gown after another over her head until she no longer had the ability to move her arms. Of course, they were all getting ruined by the rain, but perhaps Alice could salvage most of them when they reached an inn. Leaving them at the bottom of that trail had not been a choice.
Hopefully, there was an inn nearby. She was soaked to the skin and wanted nothing more than a fireplace, a hot bath, and a cup of tea. Blasted Highlands. If it wasn't her twin sister she was traveling over this godforsaken land to see, she would turn right around and go home. She missed Sybil so much. Since her twin had married a Scotsman — a Scotsman! — Sarah had no choice if she wanted to see her new niece or nephew born. That was if she made it on time. This debacle would certainly delay them.
"Are ye done, lass? With the weight of me, ye, and all those wet clothes on my horse's back, we'll be lucky to make the next inn by nightfall."
She smiled at him. "Yes. I am ready." Without another word, she sashayed over to his horse and stood next to it, her eyebrows raised. "Well. Are we leaving?"
Professor McKinnon had to shut his mouth, which hung open. He stomped over and, grasping her waist, flung her onto the horse's back. She immediately began to slide to the other side, the weight of the wet clothes pulling her over. He reached out and grabbed her, tugging her the other way. Her arms flailing, she slid toward him and fell off, landing on him, sending both of them into the mud.
She lay sprawled on top of his muscular body, not more than an inch from his surprised expression. Mud splattered his spectacles as well as the rest of his face. Unable to help herself, she burst out laughing. He glowered at her and then his muscles relaxed, a slight smile teasing his lips, which turned into a grin. "I'd love to lie here with ye on top of me, lass, but I dinna think we'll get very far if ye do. 'Tis not fond of an audience, I am."
Red-faced, Sarah scrambled off him, the layers of wet clothes making her every move awkward.
"I'm so happy yer enjoying yourself with the lass, McKinnon, but my verra bones are beginning to get wet." Professor Blackwood groused.
"Yay. 'Tis right. We need to move along." Professor McKinnon rose from his mud bath and grasped her waist once more. "Yer very slippery, lass. So be careful as I place ye on my horse."
"That's the trouble, sir. You didn't place me on your horse. You tossed me like a sack of flour." Heat rose to her face when she realized his hands still held her as they had this exchange. Her heart sped up, and she felt the heat radiating from his body, despite how wet they both were.
"Lad, do ye suppose we could move along? Ye can have all the conversations ye wish with the lass once we are out of this blasted weather." Blackwood spoke over his shoulder as he gingerly placed Alice on his horse.
Without another word, the young professor placed her gently on the horse's back and climbed up behind her. Having had years of experience riding astride — as her sisters did as well — Sarah was comfortable with her position. However, she usually rode in breeches, and having all the wet, soggy gowns wrapped around her legs hindered any familiar posture she could assume.
Her head jerked back as Professor McKinnon moved the horse forward.
"We have to go slow since the muddy roads are dangerous, as ye've found out. 'Tis sorry I am for it, lass, but I'm afraid ye won't be out of this cold rain for a bit." The feel of his soft warm breath on her neck started goose bumps rising on her skin.
"If ye lean back against me, it would make the ride a bit warmer for both of us."
Her mother would be scandalized. Not only was she riding in front of a stranger, her bottom was secure against the part of him of which no innocent miss should be aware. The many layers of clothing provided not much of a buffer between their bodies.
Now he wanted her to rest against him? She should certainly give him a setdown for suggesting such a thing. But he had, after all, rescued them. And, truth be known, he had been a very good sport about dragging her trunk up and when she had laughed at him after she'd tumbled them both into the mud. But the wind blowing on them, along with her wet clothes, made the ride downright miserable. Well, mother, some things simply cannot be helped.
With that thought, she eased her body back until she touched his muscled chest. She held herself stiffly, not wanting to get too comfortable. My, I feel warmer already. In fact, she wouldn't be surprised if she saw steam rising from where their bodies met.
Now that she had acquiesced, he wrapped his arm around her waist and tugged her closer, chuckling in her ear. "Lass, ye have so many garments on, no one would be shocked. Relax."
Almost as if he'd read her mind.
"Do you know how far the next inn is?"
"I've been this way many times, and if I am correct, we should be near The Bush Inn. Mayhap no more than three quarters of an hour or so."
Her back tingled with the vibrations from his voice. Deep and solid. Just like the rest of him. He'd mentioned he and his travel companion were professors at Edinburgh University. He appeared terribly young for such a spot. He seemed only a few years her senior. Maybe she had misunderstood him.
Now that they were nearing the inn, she had to decide what she could do about her travel plans. No doubt she and Alice would require a day or two to recover from this mishap. That is if they didn't come down with an ague that prevented them from continuing on for longer. Luckily, she'd always had a strong constitution, but she couldn't say the same for her maid. Alice had been a last-minute substitution, because her own lady's maid had returned to her family's home for a funeral.
With no carriage, driver, or footman, they were certainly in a quandary. Yet, she had no intention of turning back. They would need to rent a carriage to take them home, anyway, so why not rent one to carry them on to Bedlay Castle?
The professor held out his arm. "Beyond that bend is the inn."
"Not too soon, to be sure," she said. She'd begun to shiver miles back and now she felt as if icicles dripped from her chin. Thankfully, the rain had turned to a light drizzle.
Even though it was only late afternoon, the sky was dark, and the lights from the inn glowed brightly, already making her feel warmer as they approached. Her escort brought the horse to a halt and slid down, handing the reins to a young stableboy. He reached up for Sarah and lifted her off. She continued to shake and shiver, almost unable to walk.
"Are ye all right, lass?"
"I th-th-think so."
Professor Blackwood and Alice were already hurrying to the door. Sarah took one step and stumbled. With the cold, the extra clothes, and the long ride, her legs wouldn't hold her, and she began to slide to the ground. He scooped her up and headed to the door.
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This was a fun quick read. I definitely will read more of her books.
It was a cute story. I enjoy this series and these characters. I thought it was rather funny when Braeden walked from the one castle to the other because I thought he had his horse Niels. Sweet story and I enjoyed it.
Lady Sarah Lacey never wants to have a husband. She's convinced a husband will only stifle her dreams of becoming a writer and she enjoys her independence far too much to let a man tie her down. A catastrophic trip to Scotland to see her married, pregnant sister lands her in the path of Braeden McKinnon. Professor Braeden McKinnon is Sarah's sweet-natured rescuer. He's intelligent, but just as hard-headed as Sarah. Well, apparently in nineteenth-century Scotland, marriage is as simple as stating you're married. And that's exactly how Sarah and Braeden end up married to one another - Sarah gets spooked by a funny look from an innkeeper and nervously declares that she's married to Braeden to lessen the perceived impropriety of their situation. I was a little annoyed by both Sarah and Braeden. Both characters had their beliefs and misconceptions about the other that I feel could have been cleared up with a simple conversation. But no, Sarah does what she wants and Braeden does what he wants and neither bother to compromise with the other until the very end. It seemed like every major plot point turned on some form of miscommunication, though I'll give points back for the author creating two very distinct character goals that cannot co-exist, requiring these stubborn characters to actually compromise of their desires like any normal couple. Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lady Sarah Lacey was traveling to Scotland to visit her twin sister Sybil.Sybil is a sister to the Duke of Manchester. She is traveling with her maid Alice . Her twin Sybil is married and expecting her child and she lives in Scotland now and in married to a Laird. There is a carriage accident and Sarah and Alice are at the side of the rode. Professors Braeden McKinnon and Monty Blackwell were with Edinburgh college are on a break and on their way home. They stop and take the women to the nearest inn. Then Braeden decides to ride with Lady Sarah and Alice. Then Alice gets sick and cannot continue with them. Sarah wants to be a writer not a wife. Braeden is waiting for a letter to go on an archeological dig in Rome. Braeden has been waiting two years. When at an inn Sarah and Breanden are suppose to be brother and sister but in the currant inn their was only one room with one bed and Sarah Said her and Braeden were married which in Scotland at this time made it so. Neither Braeden nor Sarah want to be married. Braeden wants Sarah to come with him but neither communicate to the other very well. Another good story that I really enjoy. I must say Braeden and Sarah are both stubborn but I think that Sarah is also a little selfish.After all it is her fault they are married. Braeden has been good to her as far as I am concerned. Sarah has to grow up and take responsibility for her actions and not only think of herself. But I have to say this was pretty predictable with no real surprises bit I am okay with that. But it was an easy read and despite some of the things i would have changed I still really enjoyed the ups and downs of this story and with Braeden and Sarah. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
3.5* I love this series and I loved the characters Braeden and Sarah and all the secondary characters. The plot was intriguing. The chemistry and sexual tension was great and of course a hot highlander. Braeden and Sarah are strong willed people and very prideful and in the end that is what got in their way and clouded their thinking. Words said in the heat of anger break the heart and wounded pride can tear apart their budding love. Will time heal all wounds or prove there never really was a love to be had? This is my least favorite of the series mostly because it seemed to ramble on to long and I started to lose interest. I glad to say it drew me back in and I can't wait for the next book.
Enjoyed the book. Will probably read it again.
This is book 6 in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series. Lady Sarah Lacey has always let the dictates of society direct her choices, but when her carriage is wrecked and her maid gets sick she throws it all out the door to see her sister in Scotland. WIth no other avenue to take, she convinces Professor Braeden McKinnon to take her the rest of the way to her destination. She didn't count on her saying a few little words binding her to a stranger for life. Racing home to get a much anticipated letter, Braeden didn't need the added distraction and the extra time that it would take to escort Sarah to her sister, but he couldn't say no to her. What should have been a couple of days ride, ended up taking much longer and earning himself a bride. Can this unlikely pair make a go of their marriage? I really liked Braeden. He put up with a lot from Sarah; she was really pretty high handed with him. Although I didn't like Sarah at the beginning of the story, she did begin to grow on me. I liked the concept of the story and thought is was different from others in this genre. Over all, it was a very enjoyable read. Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
*ARC received from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review* Lady Sarah Lacey is a strong, spunky heroine and Professor Braeden McKinnon is a hot sexy genius who falls for her during a "road trip". When Sarah unknowingly marries him by announcing they are man and wife, he realizes he's not displeased with this turn of events. All he has to do is make her see that they can be happy together. Can steamy nights with Braeden convince Sarah to discard her plans to never be a wife or will she throw away the happiness that can be hers if she will just accept it? I very much enjoyed this charming romance by Callie Hutton. The characters are very likable and the story is sexy and sweet.
This is the first book that I've read by Callie Hutton and I thought it was great! This was a fun romantic historical romance set in Scotland. Sarah and Braeden team up while traveling when Sarah and her traveling companions have an accident that kills two of them and leaves her without a carriage and no way to get to her family home that is still miles away. Braeden takes on more than he bargains for when he decides to stop and help Sarah when he finds her stranded on the side of the road. All he wants to do is get to his family home to find out if a letter is waiting for him, but one accident or incident after another makes their journey unbelievably slow and they soon come to realize that most plans are made to be broken. I was given an ARC for an honest review. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
How do you accidentally get married? Apparently in the Highlands of Scotland, all you have to do is say you are married within earshot of at least 2 people! I Love it! And spending the night in a room together is considered consummation enough! The indomitable Lady Sarah Lacey is on her way to see her sister, who is due to give birth very soon. She is hoping to be there for the birth of the child, but her carriage has other ideas! An unfortunate accident waylays Lady Sarah's plans. In the aftermath, she realizes it is just her and her maid who have survived the incident. Along comes two gentlemen who offer help, but only one of them is going the same way as Lady Sarah and her maid. Professor Braeden McKinnon offers to help Lady Sarah get to her destination. He never saw what was coming in his direction until it was too late! Sarah's maid becomes ill and so they leave her to get better along the way. Lady Sarah and Professor McKinnon are alone on the road now and Sarah thinks nothing of stating that they are husband and wife at the next Inn Lots of intrigues ensue! Sarah and Braeden are drawn to each other though neither wants to get married! It does get a bit hot at this point! But I don't do spoilers! Suffice to say that this book was well written and you will enjoy the ride! I found the story line a bit predictable, but still fun enough to read again! *Received from NetGalley*
Talk about a string of bad luck! Sarah encountered so many outlandish interruptions on her trip to see her sister. It was quite comical because I could totally relate. But it was very gentlemanly of Braeden to assist her and even go along with her for the duration of the trip. He was the sweetest man and so very smooth. Their first almost encounter was like "Wow, he is good." That was a good scene to read.. The two of them just meshed so well together. Both were ambitious and trying to find their own way with their own unique talents. But by the end it was very nice to see them realize what is most important. This was a fascinating story to read that had appearances from Sarah's sister and BIL, who were the couple from the previous book. Meeting them and hearing a little of how they wound up together makes me want to read their story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This latest installment of the Marriage Mart Mayhem series is a clever, sweet, and feel-good Love Story. Callie Hutton gives this novel an "Old School" feel with a mix of humor and romance but adds a nod to contemporary issues at the same time. This "One-Two Punch" comes by way of an old Scottish legality of by merely proclaiming that you are married in front of at least two people and sharing a bed (whether "anything" happens or not) and a woman who puts her career ahead of any desire or need for a husband. "The Highlander's Accidental Marriage" engages you immediately with characters that are wonderfully charming and likeable. The Hero and Heroine are drawn to one another straight away viscerally and by a certain something that they can't put their fingers on. Neither one is in a place in their lives where they want a wife or husband because they are each focusing on their prospective careers, yet both of the characters mature during the course of the novel so that the ending is not only satisfying but plausible as well. After reading this novel of the Marriage Mart Mayhem series I am curious about reading the previous books - although "The Highlander's Accidental Marriage" is most definitely a stand alone novel. Braeden is a lovely hero Alpha yet adorable. Sarah is a strong heroine - intelligent, tenacious, with a sense of humor. Callie Hutton presents the reader with an intriguing premise and delivers with a romantic love story, charming characters, witty banter, and conflict that promotes emotional maturity. This is a quick and enjoyable novel that is definitely lovely entertainment. To read the entire review please visit: http://bit.ly/1NlPfgN This novel was provided by the Publisher in exchange for a honest review.
I have not read the previous books in this series and was afraid that I would be lost but I have to say that I was pleased that I wasn't. Callie Hutton's writing is really good and takes you back in time. Lady Sarah is traveling in a carriage with her maid to Scotland because her twin sister, Sybil, is having a baby. You know the saying of when things go wrong, they always happen in three's? Well, Lady Sarah has plenty of her own bad luck on this trip. When her carriage looses wheels and they encounter problem after problem, she and her maid are the only ones that survive the bad luck. There are two professors that come to the rescue of the women, but only Braden is headed north and can help Lady Sarah and her maid. When the maid becomes sick, Lady Sarah jokingly says that she and Braden are married. Little did Lady Sarah realize that all you had to do in Scotland was to say you were married and it was held as the truth and considered valid. Will Braden and Lady Sarah be able to make things work or will they just consider it an accident as it truly was? You need to read this historical to find out. This was a great read and you will enjoy it!!
I really enjoyed reading this novel. 1817 Scotland and England are rife with societal laws that confine women to certain roles. Sarah is supposed to marry. She is supposed to obey her husband, and until she’s married, her brother who is her guardian. What she isn’t supposed to do is become a writer who lives independently. Nor is she supposed to travel alone with a man who isn’t family. Sarah does all of this things, and when she winds up in a forced marriage, she struggles against the unfairness of her gender and position. I loved that Hutton develops Braeden and Sarah’s relationship in a realistic way. Though they are immediately attracted to one another, they are ever mindful of society’s expectations. If Sarah were to give into her attraction to Braeden she would be ruined. This fear is what prompts her to exclaim the marriage to Braeden, and face the horror of the consequences. Another thing I loved about this story, was how it fits with the others in the series, but is also written as a standalone. This was great for me, because when I requested this novel I wasn’t aware that it was the 6th book in a series. Being able to read and enjoy it without having to read the previous five books was great. However, I enjoyed this series so much that I do plan to read the others as well. Hutton’s descriptive writing allowed me to disappear into the story of these two intelligent people as they tried to fit love into their lives, and made the book hard to put down. I would recommend this novel to fans of historical romance, books with strong female protagonists, and haters of insta-love romances. I received this book for free from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Lady Sarah is on the way to Scotland for the birth of her twin sister’s child when she is involved in a carriage accident and everyone is killed except for herself and her maid. Luckily they are rescued by two Professors and one of them, Braedon McKinnon takes her to an inn. While there to get a room she proclaims that he is her husband and little does she know that proclaiming him her husband and spending the night together is legally wed in Scotland. This is a fast paced fun historical. I liked the characters and the story. An enjoyable historical read.
Rating: 3.5/5 I remembered reading “The Highlander’s Choice” by Callie Hutton, the fifth book in the Marriage Mart Mayhem Series, with pleasure so when I had a chance to read this next in the series book, I jumped at the opportunity. This story is set a year after the earlier novel, in 1817. The Duke of Manchester’s sister, Lady Sybil Lacey, married Laird Liam MacBride the previous year and is now expecting to give birth soon. Her twin sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, is trying to make her way to join and support her sister, accompanied by a much older maid, but the journey is fraught with misfortune, starting with her usual maid being unable to accompany her, then horrendous weather results in her carriage crashing, killing the two male servants escorting her and her maid – and that’s just the start of the calamities! The young, handsome, genius, Professor Braeden McKinnon is travelling home with a colleague from his post at Edinburgh University when they encounter the two ladies by the side of the road. They ascertain that the carriage and servants are beyond help and agree to help the ladies to shelter in the next Inn. . . . and so the journey continues with many more disastrous problems, but you’ll have to read it yourself to discover what they are and how two people who both are determined not to marry end up accidentally married to each other! The characters are well defined and easy to relate to. I really appreciated the appropriate use of Scottish dialect and terms but suspect these may prove difficult for some people. However, I couldn’t believe some aspects (especially the attitude of Lady Sarah to the possibility of being pregnant!) and it is a somewhat predicable tale but still a great one to escape into and a good addition to the series, though I confess to enjoying the earlier book considerably more. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
This is book six in the "Marriage Mart Mayhem" series. I have read the previous book "The Highlander's Choice" but have not yet read the other books. So for me I thought this was a stand alone book. I am truly glad to find Callie Hutton... I am in love with her books. that I have read so far. I am actually getting the other books and any other she puts out. This story is about our Heroine, Lady Sarah Lacey who is traveling to the Scottish lands to visit her twin sister who is about to give birth. On the way her carriage has an accident where only her and her maid survived. Our hero, Professor Braeden McKinnon came across them and set out to help them. Lady Sarah quickly learns that Braeden is heading in the same direction. Lady Sarah asked that he take her and her maid to her sisters's house. Braeden agrees and from there they start their journey to finding that they are meant to be together. I loved this book and hope that you too will enjoy it
She never intended to take a husband... Scotland, 1817 The Duke of Manchester's sister, Lady Sarah Lacey, always abides by the rules of etiquette. Fate, however, has no such confines. On a journey to the Scottish Highlands, Lady Sarah is set upon by misfortune-leaving her without carriage or chaperone, and left to the mercy of a kind and handsome gentleman. Whom (in order to secure a room at an inn) she announces is her husband. When she proclaims they're married in public, Professor Braeden McKinnon can't bring himself to correct the lovely Lady Sarah. After all, her reputation would be ruined. Nor can he tell her that her proclamation is not only legally binding in Scotland, but sharing a room is considered to be an act of consummation... Now they are bound together until death do they part-even if Sarah has no intention of becoming any man's wife. Review: Sarah really did have the worst trip possible. Another great installment in the Marriage Mart Mayhem. I was a little leery at first of an accidental marriage, but I thought it was cleverly done and made sense. Sarah and Braeden are extremely likable and I kept rooting for them to overcome their obstacles. Mostly they were Sarah's, which in an era when women do not have a lot of options, Sarah is having her first book published. As seeing this as a measure of freedom and independence she is Very reluctant to marry. Well, in a twist of fate she marries herself to Braeden. Even though they have great passion for each other, they both have a hard time seeing each other's side, until they are parted. This historical is satisfying combination of fun, sexy, romantic and even a little action. This book is part of a series, but is totally stand alone so you should not feel confused at anytime. I have read other books in this series and all are well-done, entertaining historicals. Besides who does not like a good Scottish man? 3.5Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Lady Sarah Lacey is traveling to Bedlay Castle in the Scottish Highlands to visit her beloved twin sister who is married to the Laird of the Castle. Her journey meets with one misfortune after another: the 1st when their carriage meets with an accident & goes over the side of the road killing the drive & footman & leaving Sarah alone with her maid. Fortunately for them, Braedon McKinnon a cousin to Laird McKinnon, neighbour to Sarah's brother in law the Laird Liam McBride comes upon them his journey home with a fellow professor & escorts them to the nearest inn. Sarah then rather demands that Braedon accompany her & her maid to Castle Bedlay. Her maid falls ill leaving Sarah & Braedon no choice but to travel on alone, together. At one of their stops, when only 1 room is available, Sarah loudly proclaims Braedon as her husband effectively making them husband & wife according to Scotland's marriage laws. It is only when they finally reach Castle Bedlay that Braedon cues Sarah in that they are man & wife. When her sister & husband learn that Sarah has been traveling alone with Braedon they insist on a formalized marriage in front of a priest. I found Sarah somewhat irritating. She was bossy in insisting (it wasn't even a request or plea) that Braedon accompany her to her sister's. When it's obvious that there is a mutual attraction between them, she pushes him away instead of trying to work it out & come to a compromise. I found the reason she had was weak given that her whole family are happily married in love matches of their own. Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review.
Braeden is a brilliant, young archaeology professor, who plans to make an even bigger name for himself in the field; marriage is quite a few years away. No time now. Lady Sarah, secretly, is a blossoming author; marriage is not on her agenda. Not ever! A trip to the highlands, to visit her twin sister, "accidentally" changes everything! Entertaining with likeable characters. Loved the strong and caring characters. Reads as a stand alone. Ending not as strong as the beginning. Good read. 3 1/2 stars. Received book free thru Netgalley for honest review.
Beautiful adventure between an English lady and a sexy highlander! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed Callie Hutton's sixth story The Highlander's Accidental Marriage, in her Marriage Mart Mayhem series. I liked her characters Lady Sarah Lacey and Braeden McKinnon Lady Sarah Lacey, finds herself in an awkward situation, and requires the help of a certain gentleman Braeden, that she announces as her husband. Braeden will play along, but the situation will become even more awkward, soon, they soon find themselves in a compromising situation! What will happen next? There’s a beautiful chemistry between these two! Is there hope for this fast forward relationship! What will happen next! Will Sarah let her heart go toward Braeden? I recommend The Highlander's Accidental marriage! It’s fast paced, charming, well written and filled with romance. I’m looking forward to read her next book in her Marriage Mart Mayhem series.
THE HIGHLANDER’S ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE is a lovely book, very well-written, with very appealing characters. Professor Braeden McKinnon is on his way back home from Edinburgh University, when he comes across two damsels in distress. There was a carriage accident, and their driver and footman perished. As it happens, Braeden is going in the same direction as the ladies, so he offers to help them. Braeden has no intention of getting married, and he will be leaving shortly for Rome on an archaeological expedition, but he is quite taken with the lovely Lady Sarah Lacey. Luck is not on their side, as there are a few other incidents, and then Sarah’s maid falls ill and must remain at an inn. Then Sarah convinces Braeden to accompany her all the way to Bedlay Castler, where her twin sister Sybil resides. However, when Braeden and Sarah arrive at an inn, there is only one room left, and they decide to pass off as brother and sister, but the inn owner knows Braeden, and Sarah blurts out that they are married. There is one little problem: they are now officially husband and wife, as it is the law in Scotland. The story, though a tad predictable, but THE HIGHLANDER’S ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE still is a surprisingly lovely and quick read, mostly because of Ms. Hutton’s smooth prose and the very engaging characters. There is just the right amount of Scottish expressions to give the book enough local flavour without making it distracting. The vivid descriptions highlight the Scottish scenery, as well as the life of ordinary folk. What really made this book work for me is that Braeden and Sarah really like each other, they have much in common, and they have an easy friendship, as well as a mutual attraction, and they ease into married life painlessly. THE HIGHLANDER’S ACCIDENTAL MARRIAGE is an elegantly written and charming story. I actually give 3 ½ stars I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Sarah is a force to be reckoned with. Small in statue but large in personality. Braeden is taken aback by Sarah's beauty but turned off by her demeanor. I received an ARC of The Highlander's Accidental Marriage by Callie Hutton in exchange for an honest review. Braeden and Sarah's story was a lot more light hearted and comedic than the previous book in this series. Sarah is a lot more open minded than her sister Sybil. That quality has come at the cost of her being a bit more innocent in matters of the world. I mean how else would she find herself in the situation that she did? I don't want to ruin the story for future readers so I'll keep this review brief. An open heart and open mind can lead to a meeting of the minds. Ms. Hutton has brought to the table another magnetic read.