on January 30, 2006
Julia London’s “Highland in Disguise” was a sweet read but it got off to a rather slow start. The premise for the story had a lot of potential but in the end it was rather predictable in it’s outcome.
Grif Lockhart is off to London to retrieve the family beastie from the English Lockhart’s. His brother Liam had tried but failed with this quest…well, not failed entirely he did find a loving woman and wee daughter to love. So armed with borrowed funds and a tale to rival that of any storyteller, Grif sets out to find the family heirloom. But, he ends up getting much more then he bargained for. He is about to make a deal with one Anna Addison. His job has just gotten a lot more interesting.
Anna is the middle child and although she finds the Ton boring at times and she does have a tendency to not watch what she says…still, she would like to find a man who she could love. So when handsome Grif Lockhart arrives in London it is not long before she realizes he’s keeping a secret. She will keep his secret and help him find his beastie but he has to teach her how to seduce a man to care for her. It’s not long before Grif is seduced and wants Anna for his own. Will he take a chance or will the real treasure slip away from him?
This was a sweet read. Grif and his family are a perfect dash of color and entertainment to an otherwise standard historical. Grif was a fun protagonist and truly one of the saving graces of this story. Ms. London has created a fun series with the Lockhart Family and I look forward to reading the next installment.
on August 16, 2010
Grif's story in this series was OK. For me it was a doorway to Mared's story. Grif and Anna have a mutual dislike on sight. So while Grif is courting Anna's sister Anna is using Grif to teach her to seduce the object of her affection, Mr. Lockhart Grif's cousin, who is also courting her sister. I felt like this story was too much build up and not enough real focus on the main relationship. I really wanted to be a part of more of the interaction between Grif and Anna and less of them with her sister and his cousin. I also felt the ultimate resolution of the story line between Anna's sister and Mr.Lockhart was less than satisfactory. It is worth it to read it if only to give you better context when you read Mared's story.