Once a Laird

Mary Jo Putney. Zebra, $8.99 Mass Market (368p) ISBN 978-1-4201-4812-1
A woman falls for her deceased sister’s former fiancé in Putney’s dull sixth Rogues Redeemed romance (after Once Dishonored), set in 1800s Scotland. Kai Ramsey returns to Thorsay Island to take over his ailing grandfather’s responsibilities as Laird. He hasn’t been back since the death of his betrothed, Gisela Matheson, 12 years ago, leaving to travel and mourn before eventually becoming a spy for the crown. Meanwhile, Gisela’s younger sister, Signy, stayed behind and became Kai’s grandfather’s deputy. Signy has always blamed Kai for Gisela’s death by miscarriage, but now that they’re thrown back together, she realizes Kai wasn’t at fault and the two bond over their shared love of her sister, his grandfather, and the islands. Kai is finally ready to settle down after his adventures abroad, but Signy is eager to travel and finally put herself first. Though these conflicting desires keep them from acting on their acknowledged attraction, Signy promises to stick around for at least three months to train Kai in his new role. The pull between Signy and Kai feels weak at best, more like two old friends getting reacquainted than a potential couple. Though the setting and supporting cast are well developed, the lackluster chemistry disappoints. This is one to skip. (Nov.)
Reviewed on : 09/23/2021
Release date: 10/26/2021
Genre: Romance/Erotica
Hardcover - 978-1-4967-2027-6
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