Author: Tamara Morgan
Part of a Series: Games of Love
Type of book: Re-enactments, highland, Jane Austen, pride, honor, half Guam/half American male/American female
Year it was published: 2012
It takes a real man to wear a kilt. And a real woman to charm him out of it.
Games of Love, Book 1
It might be modern times, but Kate Simmons isn’t willing to live a life without at least the illusion of the perfect English romance. A proud member of the Jane Austen Regency Re-Enactment Society, Kate fulfills her passion for courtliness and high-waisted gowns in the company of a few women who share her love of all things heaving.
Then she encounters Julian Wallace, a professional Highland Games athlete who could have stepped right off the covers of her favorite novels. He’s everything brooding, masculine, and, well, heaving. The perfect example of a man who knows just how to wear his high sense of honor—and his kilt.
Confronted with a beautiful woman with a tongue as sharp as his sgian dubh, Julian and his band of merry men aren’t about to simply step aside and let Kate and her gaggle of tea-sippers use his land for their annual convention. Never mind that “his land” is a state park—Julian was here first, and he never backs down from a challenge.
Unless that challenge is a woman unafraid to fight for what she wants...and whose wants are suddenly the only thing he can think about.
Warning: The historical re-enactments in this story contain very little actual history. Battle chess and ninja stars may apply.
I liked the characters and could easily understand their motivations. For me it was difficult to predict who would win and who would lose, and I also couldn't really figure out who to root for; for Kate who's finally standing up for herself and refusing to back down or for Julian to whom Highland Games carry such big importance in life. The secondary characters such as Kate's and Julian's friends also sparkled and are given personality, although they didn't seem to change a lot.
It's worth losing if it means you find love.
This is in third person narrative from Julian's and Kate's points of views. I don't know of the historical accuracy with this book, but it was easy to read and its very modern. I liked the chemistry between the leads, although I felt that some minor problems weren't really resolved. I also enjoyed reading about the pranks they pulled on one another, and in many ways Julian reminded me of Kate's friend, although Kate gives back as good as Julian gives.
Tamara Morgan is a romance writer and unabashed lover of historical reenactments--the more elaborate and geeky the costume requirements, the better. In her quest for modern-day history and intrigue, she has taken fencing classes, forced her child into Highland dancing, and, of course, journeyed annually to the local Renaissance Fair. These feats are matched by a universal love of men in tights, of both the superhero and codpiece variety.
I've won this book from smartbitchestrashybooks.com website for the book club in March I believe. I wasn't sure what to expect when I won this book unexpectedly. I thought it would be with no plot and plenty of sex scenes, I didn't think it would be smartly written and had an unforgettable beginning with Kate's friend bringing in male strippers to a Jane Austen ball. I've never read an e-book before in my life, so this is the first time I've finished it. After searching for a place to host their local ball, they run into the hero, Julian who is completely obsessed with Highland Games and desires to get a sponsorship. If there is something I could pick with its just that certain chapters were a little too long in my opinion, but other than that I never felt bored reading this novel, and it was very gripping; the pranks, the chemistry and especially the growth of heroine and hero. The ending is very sweet and happy.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)