Seduced by Destiny
by Kira Morgan

Published by Forever, Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Miranda

All her life, Josselin Ancrum has been trained for combat, hoping to exact vengeance for her heroic mother, who was killed fighting the English. When asked to spy for the Scottish Queen, Jossy joyfully accepts. But when a handsome stranger rescues her from sudden danger, his charm distracts her from her mission. On the surface, Drew MacAdam may appear to be nothing more than a carefree champion, but his heart harbors a dark secret: This Highland hero is actually a skilled English soldier with a hatred for war and for the Scottish. Yet from the moment he meets the feisty Jossy, he's captured by her fiercely loyal heart. He's determined the honey-haired lass will be his ultimate prize - until the tragedy of their entwined legacies is revealed. Are these star-crossed lovers to be divided by their pasts? Or will they be...seduced by destiny?

Josselin Ancrum and Drew MacAdam were both orphaned by a bloody war between the Scots and the English. Raised by warriors each take their own unique path that will one day land them right back where they started—on the battlefield. Will they leave the field bloody or in love?

Josselin lost her mother to war. She was raised by the men who brought her mother’s body home. They taught her all the important things in life: reading, writing and sword-fighting. It is her dream to fight in her own battle one day. She may just get the chance as she soon finds herself in the service of Queen Mary. 

Drew is a shining star in Scotland’s budding golf world. If anyone knew he was an Englishman pretending to be a Scot he’d be executed for sure. His uncle’s raised him to be a warrior but fighting is the last thing on his mind. Golf is his greatest pleasure until he meets a bonny lass pretending to be a man. Drew may have trouble controlling the fiery lass but he can’t help finding her irresistible. However, he knows she’s hiding something from him. Can he get her to spill her secrets before it’s too late or will her service to the Queen land her in an early grave? 

Seduced by Destiny is a lovely romance filled with witty banter and wily swordplay. I found myself laughing out loud at Josselin and Drew’s repartee. These two are definitely equally matched in wit and they have enough chemistry to light a fire. The story starts off with an emotional wallop. It does become a lighter story but you never forget the serious undertones. I enjoyed Josselin’s indecision during the story because I felt it was very realistic. Essentially this is her first foray into a world outside the shelter she grew up in. She takes on serious issues that perhaps she’s not ready for but she thinks she is. Josselin is deciding what she wants from life and how to get it. Drew knows what he wants but has yet to stand up to the people he loves and tell them what he wants. I think their story is beautiful and entertaining. Josselin and Drew sparkle together. They have fun and learn along the way what’s really important to them. Seduced by Destiny is a sidesplitting swashbuckling good time.

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