Book Review: To Wed a Wicked Highlander by Victoria Roberts

To Wed a Wicked Highlander is the third book in the Bad Boys of the Highlands by Victoria Roberts. Each of the historical romances can stand alone, the main players in the previous books are only secondary characters in this installment. Laird Alexander MacDonnell is not opposed to marrying his enemy's daughter in the efforts to procure peace, especially since she is attractive and intelligent. He wants peace for his clan, and in his home. Lady Sybella MacKenzie is a little less enthusiastic about marriage, since she knows her father has arranged the match only so she can search for her clan's ancient seeing stone. However, as the days go on she has less interest in the search and more for her husband. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her and used her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her heart?

To Wed a Wicked Highlander was my favorite of this series thus far. Alexander is a highland with a high code of ethics, treats others with respect, and values honesty. I really liked his character and thought his intelligence and compassion made him a perfect hero in the story. Sybella is an independent heroine that often faces criticism from her family for her outspokenness and less than 'lady-like' manners. She does not like the plotting by her father, and hopes to minimize the damage done, but things escalate well beyond her control quickly. I really loved the development of the relationship between this pair, and was treated to a few laughs along the way.

I highly recommend To Wed a Wicked Highlander to readers that love a historical romance that has romance because of the characters rather than those that just fall into bed because they cannot seem to help themselves. The characters are solid and I look forward to seeing what might happen next in the series. The first book in the series was Temptation in a Kilt and the second was X Marks the Scot. Each seems to be better than the last, I hope to see a number four in the series and fully expect to be wowed by it if this trend continues.
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