This was my first book by Deborah MacGillivray and what an entertaining read it was. Barbara Anne Montgomerie, B.A. to everyone who knows her, is the Lady of the Isle of Falgannon, which is off the land of Scotland. It's a title passed down to her as eldest daughter since Pictish times. Along with this title comes her responsibility to the people of Falgannon, which are mostly males, and to the curse her ancestors brought about centuries ago. To lift this curse for a span of 3 generations, the descendant must marry a man with green eyes, dark hair, and of Irish blood. She has guarded her heart for years and in one meeting with a green-eyed man, she discovers emotions and desires like none she'd ever felt before.
Desmond Mershan has come to Falgannon with the intention of claiming and destroying the island and the lady. He blames his father's death and family's harsh upbringing on B.A.'s grandfather. When he lays his eyes on B.A., he found that hatred and bitterness doesn't stop the intense desires that both of them cannot deny. An island full of Scottish males are eager to pair B.A. off with Desmond since he meets the conditions of the curse and so the matchmaking plot and spying on them begins. Even when Desmond's reason for coming to the island is known, B.A. will still fight for her land and for the love she knows will bring happiness to her and the people of Falgannon. To do this she must help Desmond see past his promises of vengeance and open his heart to the Lady of the Isle.
I loved this story filled with Scottish lore and witty dialogue. Desmond and B.A.'s romance will touch your heart and the antics of the men will have you laugh out loud. There's also The Cat Dudley that will charm you along with all the other colorful characters. Deborah MacGillivray gives the reader a joyful glimpse of Scotland's culture with memorable characters and a page turning story that entices you with a sensuous love story and an island of fun Scottish males. It's a fun and tantalizing book that I recommend as a great read.
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There was something about the Brigadoon-like Falgannon, something that kept most of its male inhabitants unwed. From Michael the Story to Callum the Bicycle-and we mustn't forget The Cat Dudley, the slyest poker-playing moggie in the Outer Hebrides-every male of the Isle had happiness dependent upon that of its Lady. So things had been since Pictish times, and so they would be long after the present day.
Despite her machinations, to this point B.A. Montgomerie had been unable to make her men happy. Her first marriage had been against their advice; her husband had been an Irishman, true, but he had failed to meet other necessary requirements...and things had ended badly. Now, another Irishman had come-and was making the natives restless. Yes, the men of Falgannon could sense Desmond Mershan's conquering Viking spirit and his desire for B.A.-which B.A. could sense herself. And while her men would never let anything happen that she didn't want, this Irishman had come to pillage and loot, and nothing was going to stop him. Staring into his vibrant green eyes, B.A. anticipated the battles to come.