Josselin Ancrum grew up learning all manners of combat from her adopted fathers, intent on avenging her mother's death at the hands of English soldiers. She becomes one of Mary's, Queen of Scotland, operatives, glad to have a chance to fight against the English. But Josselin feels an attraction for a golfer, Drew MacAdam, that threatens to distract her from her work. Drew may seem to be nothing more than a golfer, intent only on filling his pockets with winnings, but he is actually English, trained by his uncles to fight the dreaded Scottish. His attraction to Josselin quickly grows into something deeper. These two lovers quickly find their future together threatened not only by their different nationalities and loyalties, but also by family secrets. Can an English golfer and a Scottish barmaid ever have a chance for life long love, or will it all come tumbling down around them?
"Seduced by Destiny" by Kira Morgan was one of the first historical romances I read that featured golf's Scottish beginnings, but still was interesting and romantic. While the book was too short on developing these characters into deeper, more belivable personalities, it contained a lot of humor and fun seduction. This is a great book for a fun, lighthearted read for anyone who enjoys historical romances and doesn't have a lot of time.
War-orphan Josselin Ancrum, a Scottish beauty raised by three soldiers, has combat in her blood and is ready to defend the honor of young Mary Queen of Scots. Andrew Armstrong, an Englishman also orphaned by war, has been trained by his three uncles to be a peerless swordsman. But having no stomach for battle, he instead disguises himself as Highlander Drew MacAdam and wreaks revenge against the Lowlanders who slew his father--by draining their purses rather than spilling their blood.
But when Drew meets young Josselin and sees that her defense of her Queen is putting her in mortal danger, he knows he must fight like a soldier after all -- to protect Josselin. As the two fall deeply in love and Josselin learns the terrible secret of their entwined past, the question becomes how they will reconcile the clash of their Queens Mary and Elizabeth with their own fiery passion for one another.... (2008)