In 16th century England, Gabrielle Carelton is one of Queen Elizabeth’s most devoted ladies-in-waiting. Then that loyalty is put to the test when Her Majesty commands her to marry Scotsman Collin Douglas.
But when Gabrielle is kidnapped by Collin’s twin brother, not even Good Queen Bess can save her.
Dubbed the Black Douglas, devilishly handsome Connor is known throughout the land for his magnificent feats of strength and cunning. But now he is in need of an heir. An English bride will bring peace to the warring nations—and give him the son he craves.
What the Black Douglas doesn’t expect is an Englishwoman as passionate as she is proud… and in possession of a desire that knows no boundaries.
Set against the pageantry and savage splendor of 16th-century England and Scotland, here is the story of a man and a woman who begin as enemies and strangers—and find a love that will triumph against all odds.
Review: Reading historical romance is new for me. I think I made the right choice in reading Rebecca Sinclair’s Perfect Strangers, which is a delightful Scottish romance (this was a first for me). Perfect Strangers has a well written plot, the characters are well written and developed authentic and witty dialogue and full of emotions that pulled me from the beginning. The book is written with Scottish burr, it took a few chapters to get used to, but once I did it just adds that much more to the story.
I enjoy that our lead lady, Gabrielle, was not the beauty of the day. She was your average girl. She had self-esteem issues as most of us do. We see Gabrielle, learn what inner beauty is and how to learn to like herself and find love in the process.
Connor our lead man, has issues of his own. He is known for his fierceness and ability to get what he wants to matter what. What other people don’t see is the soft, caring, compassionate man beneath the hard exterior. Gabriella sees that and in the process sees him for what he truly is.
I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop and felt it was very believable. It starts off as lusty and quickly moves towards something much deeper filled with passion and emotions. Through the twists and turns of this great story, love over comes all. I will definitely be reading more from Rebecca Sinclair.