Nora (Eleanor Alexander), an extremely talkative Scottish lady, doesn't want to marry the man her father picked out for her. Nora goes to the brooding and surly Ewan MacAllister to ask him to take her to her aunt in England - who she claims is Eleanor of Aquitaine. Ewan doesn't want anything to do with Nora.
Her situation reminds him too much of the one the one that ended in his brother's suicide, and, because his brother killed himself over a woman they both loved, Ewan still feels guilt over his death. Eventually, though, Ewan is persuaded to accompany Nora on an adventure that leads to a growing love between the two of them. They find themselves having to deal with Ewan's feelings of guilt, vengeance from clan members who feel Ewan wronged them, and the attempts of Nora's fiance to find her.
This report prepared by Melissa Cookson
Avon, Sep 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
Ewan MacAllister lives in a cave by himself because he feels guilty in connection with the suicide of his brother Kieran. Ewan stole Kieran's woman Isobail taking her as his lover to England. Not only did she betray him for her English lover, but also when he returned home he learned that Kieran had killed himself.
Eleanor "Nora" Alexander comes to Ewan's cave because she wants him to escort her to her aunt in England. Besides wanting to remain a hermit, Ewan mumbles that it is always an aunt. Still she knows her father and his hand picked lackey would not mess with a berserker like Ewan. So she left behind a note claiming to have eloped with him. She pushes him to take her to her Aunt Eleanor, Queen of England, finally forcing him to at least leave his home and escort her to another of his brothers. They fall in love as she learns he is a caring soul hurting from guilt.
Though the hero's abode is somewhat unique, TAMING THE SCOTSMAN is a typical Scottish historical romance (duh – it is the third MacAllister tale), but feels more a medieval Romancing the Stone. The tale contains a fresh brisk story line due to the antics of the courageous heroine and guilt numbing the hero. The return of the siblings from the first two books adds to the déjà vu feel, yet Kinley MacGregor continues to provide delightful tales of yore that entertaining the sub-genre clan.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner