Monday, September 29, 2014

Moonlight Raider by Amanda Scott

Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms.
Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.

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All Walter Scott wanted was to find solace in the forest after burying his father. Instead, he discovers a young lady hiding in his bushes. His first instinct is to offer her his protection, but he knows that honor demands he return her to her husband.
Although it’s her wedding night, Molly Cockburn is running from the brutish man she was forced to marry. When Wat discovers her and offers her protection, she must decide if she will return to her home or follow her heart.
I’ve always been a fan of Amanda Scott’s Scottish romances and the way she weaves history and romance seamlessly into the plot, so it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to review Moonlight Raider.
Wat just inherited his title at the opening of the book. He’s grieving for his father and trying to adapt—and discover—his new role. He knows that he had to lead but he’s not eager to take a wife, which comes into play when he has to figure out how he can protect Molly.
Molly’s young by today’s standards, but considering that the book takes place in 1426, she’s not young by those standards. So the fact that she was naïve and a bit juvenile in some of her thinking kind of threw me for a minute. I wished she would have been written as a stronger heroine.
The chemistry was a bit lacking for me. So much of the beginning of the book was focused on how Wat could protect Molly and Molly acclimating to Wat’s family; it seemed there was little room for the attraction to grow.
Overall, I enjoyed this book but, sadly, it wasn’t one of my favorites from Amanda Scott. The chemistry was lacking then when Molly and Wat finally did come together it felt a little rushed. Although the pacing waxes and wanes the vivid description kept me reading.
While Moonlight Raider is the first in the Border Nights Series it is also connected to Border Wedding.
On a side note, I must say that this cover is gorgeous.

  Book Details
Title: Moonlight Raider
Border Nights book 1
Author: Amanda Scott
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 978-1-455-55665-6
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback and E-book
How I Read It: ARC from Publisher
Rating: 3.5 Cups


About The Author
Amanda Scott is the author of over 61 romance novels and the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award.  She lives in Folsom, California, outside of Sacramento.  She is a fourth-generation Californian.
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