Callan Baird used to laugh more than he frowned, but that was before his wife died. Now his life is duty, debts and a general apathy for anything else. And then Victoria Burke burst into his life. She’s everything he wants to corrupt.
Victoria has two choices: agree to a grouchy, sexy Scotsman’s extortion or call her boss to explain why she can’t do her job. Since she’s spent the last three years rebuilding her career as antique appraiser, and this one commission could make or break it, the decision is a no-brainer. Except everything about Callan is complicated.
He sees no problem turning their work relationship into a sexual one. She refuses to break her boss’ no-fraternization rule.He’s the one thing she wants and the one thing she can’t have. He’s had his one great love, and doesn’t want a replacement. His heart doesn’t agree, because she’s everything he desires.
Callan will have to let go of his past if he wants Victoria to be in his future.
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“Douglass Baird,” she murmured.
Scotland was a small country. She could probably stand on a crowded street, throw five rocks and each time hit a Campbell. So the surname Baird could very well be commonplace, but given this whole horrible and humiliating exchange, Victoria seriously doubted it. Callan’s elderly relative bore her boss’ last name and that meant Callan…
If defeat had a distinctive noise, she made it in that moment of realization and really looked at the man who had turned her day to shit. The first time she’d met her boss he had intimidated the crap out of her too. His dark stare had been quite foreboding. When he spoke it was with the slightest hint of a burr, and he came across very cultured. Tristan was completely different in almost every way. He smiled often, cracked jokes and sometimes she got the hint he could charm a roomful ofenraged rattlesnakes if he put his mind to it.
But Callan…He smiled with all his teeth in a predatory-like manner as though he knew every unkind thought she had had about him. “Papa Baird’s my uncle. When Ian and Tristan left for America, they entrusted me to take care of their father.”
Cousins. Heat rushed into her face again. Nope. She never called any of her cousins by their first and last names. Yup. When she couldn’t check in on her mother, she did ask one cousin or another to drop by. Occasionally, she’d reciprocate. So Ian, Tristan and Callan’s agreement made complete sense.
She’d just agreed to take care of her boss’ father. Of course that couldn’t go wrong.
So what did I think…?
Kilted for Pleasure is one of those novels where you realise when the ingredients are right, you absolutely love grouchy Scotsmen and a plucky heroines who just won’t put up with their crap. And Melissa Blue got this recipe spot on!
Callan’s the kind of guy whose just not interested in the world beyond his workshop. He comes across as a little me, me, me, stand offish, and grumpy (who can blame him when his wife died less that two years ago and all he has left of her is his memories and her medical debts). Any girl looking for happily ever after should run in the opposite direction. If only he wasn’t gorgeous. But Victoria isn’t looking for a HEA, she isn’t even looking for a good time. She’s trying to rebuild her career from the ashes of the forest fire caused by the guy who burned her. And Callan is her only hope to repair the damage and finally get back on the path to success. There’s just one problem. This guy, and this girl, have enough sizzle to reignite that fire and destroy Victoria’s reputation forever, and her career is everything to Victoria. But Callan’s intent on having a good time anyway.
I loved the chemistry between Callan and Victoria. These characters jump off the pages for you. Kilted for Pleasure was one of those book where I was really annoyed by RLI (real life interference). I don’t normally take a full lunch hour during my 9-5 (I prefer to leave the office earlier instead) but after reaching a good bit just as the bus arrived outside my place of work, I most definitely took advantage of the whole hour at lunchtime and then my hour bus ride home… and then my partner got little more than a grunt hello, and a um.. yeah.. when he asked if I’d like a cup of tea. Not quite full on un-put-downable and yet I was totally hooked until the end.
There was just one thing that, as a UK resident, stood out to me -and I do feel like I’m nit picking a little here- but it’s for this reason I cannot give Kilted for Pleasure the full 5 star recommendation. I was left with the impression that Callan was trying to pay off the medical bills from his late wife’s hospital care. He argues with the bank over the payments and when Victoria asks he doesn’t correct her. I may have misunderstood. But if not, then Scotland has a very good National Health Service. Unless Callan’s wife was treated in a private hospital facility, her medical care would have been covered by the NHS.
I super enjoyed Kilted for Pleasure, and despite the above, I would absolutely recommend it.
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Who is Melissa Blue..?
Melissa Blue’s writing career started on a typewriter one month after her son was born. This would have been an idyllic situation for a writer if it had been 1985, not 2004. Eventually she upgraded to a computer. She’s still typing away on the same computer, making imaginary people fall in love.
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