Fall in love with Scotland! And while you’re at it, fall in love with Callan Baird. The hero in Melissa Blue’s contemporary romance, “Kilted For Pleasure,” is smoking hot both physically and emotionally. This book is the third in Blue’s “Under The Kilt” series. In this story Victoria Burke is sent to Scotland to get repairs done on some important artifacts for her boss, Ian Baird (from book 1 in Blue’s series). Enter master craftsman, Callan Baird. He is everything Victoria Burke didn’t know she needed.
From the start their chemistry is electric. I enjoyed watching them slowly succumb to their sexual attraction. Blue allows you to get to know both characters (though more of Callan’s story is gone into in detail) and it was easy to understand why they connected. While Victoria was a pleasant counterpoint to Callan’s personality, the best part of the romance was the hero. Callan was dark, brooding, rude, passionate, sexy, interspersed with moments of caring, loyalty, and tenderness. Who wouldn’t fall for that?
As you continue through the story, readers glimpse the depths of Callan’s pain in dealing with the death of his wife. The difficulties he’s left struggling to set to rights. As his feelings for Victoria begin to grow the internal battle Callan engages in is very real and emotional. There is a part of him that can’t imagine letting his wife go in order to create a future with the woman who is very much alive and shaking up his status quo.
Secondary character, Douglass Baird (Callan’s uncle), was an excellent addition to the story. He brought a lot of humor and wisdom throughout, often working as an intermediary between the hero and heroine. The ending brought with it a pleasant surprise, that logically I should have seen coming, but didn’t. In the end, the story left me feeling happy for Callan’ HEA and glad that Victoria’s cute-as-pie looks were indeed deceiving.
–Reviewed by Michelle
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