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Monday, September 7, 2009

Loving Two Highlanders by Amber Carlton

Loving Two Highlanders by Amber Carlton
Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing, Siren
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (224 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Voyeurism
Rating: Four Cherries
Review by Fern

Megan MacGregor accompanies her dying husband to the docks of Jamestown to find an indenture for their printing shop. She's stunned and horrified when Trevor chooses the most magnificent man she's ever seen. Labeled a rebel and traitor, Alexander Campbell's cheated death in the Scottish Highlands and gone to hell and back.

Determined to secure his business and wife's future happiness, Trevor strikes a bargain with his new indenture—if Alex can give Megan a child, Trevor will grant his freedom. The physical terms of the bargain are easy, but the emotional costs for both are high. When Alex gives Trevor back his life and wants to end the bargain, Trevor knows their future happiness lies in keeping Alex where he belongs—with them. He strikes another bargain. Megan can be shared between them.

"I like to put women in impossible situations. What would you do if the husband you loved gave you a gift—the most magnificent man you've ever seen? He's yours to do what you please without consequences except…you find yourself falling in love. How do you handle being in love with two men?" ~ Amber ~

Loving Two Highlanders takes the reader back to 1651 Jamestown, a period during which indentured servitude was common. Alexander Campbell is one such prisoner. When he arrives to his foreign land so unlike his beloved Scotland, he believes death is preferable to serving seven years to gain his freedom. Then he glimpses the lovely Megan MacGregor for the first time, and realizes things might not be so bad after all.

Megan MacGregor has never felt as attracted to anyone in all her life. Alexander Campbell is a beautiful specimen of a man - strong, healthy and vibrant. She tries to deny the urges that bring her before him time and again, until it’s not only her body the Scot possesses, but also her heart.

Trevor MacGregor’s health is rapidly declining. With little time left, he devises a plan to provide his wife with what he cannot – a man that can satisfy her sexually and give her children. He plans to train an indentured servant to take his place, in both his business and his wife’s bed. All goes as intended until Alexander offers a possible remedy for Trevor’s ailing heart. With his health improving, Trevor can give Megan a child of his own. But allowing Alexander to walk away is another matter all together.

There is plenty of heat in Loving Two Highlanders. The chemistry between Alexander and Megan is intense, while the relationship between Megan and Trevor is endearing. The emotional scenes are well written and the characters are well developed. My mild criticism would be that repetitious description causes the story to lag, and the decision to engage in a ménage seemed a trifle forced and the willing reaction to participate unexpected. Even still, the story is enjoyable and well worth a read.

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