Moonlight Raider (Border Nights #1)
Forever / September 30, 2014 / $8.00 print / $7.99 digital
Border lord Walter Scott of Rankilburn, grief-stricken after burying his father, goes to the forest seeking solace. Instead he finds a half-naked young lady fleeing pursuit. Wat offers his protection, but honor demands that he return the golden-eyed beauty to her rightful husband-even though the last thing he wants is to see her in another man's arms.
Molly Cockburn has fled her home, family, and the brutal scoundrel she was forced to wed. Her pursuers are closing in when the powerful new Lord of Rankilburn bravely intervenes, then promises to help prove her marriage unlawful. Though fiercely loyal to her family, Molly fears they might harm the man she is coming to love, and now she must decide whether to remain faithful to her blood . . . or to her heart.
Moonlight Raider, the first book in Amanda Scott's new Border Nights series, is a must-read for Scottish history buffs and avid historical romance fans. She does a brilliant job of pulling the reader into the Late Middle Ages of Scotland. Before the Jacobites, there were Border lords—or Border Reivers (according to Wikipedia) during the time of the Stewarts in Scotland and the Tudors in England.
“The attitudes of the English and Scottish governments towards the border families alternated between indulgence or even encouragement, as these fierce families served as the first line of defense against invasion from the other side of the border, and draconian and indiscriminate punishment when their lawlessness became intolerable to the authorities.”
So Molly’s fear for being “returned” to her home, and her bridal bed with her gross villainous illegally-enforced husband, is quite valid. This is not to be confused with her delightful bridal bed with her handsome and heroic legally-enforced husband. Well, it’s more like they’re trying to find a loophole in the marriage laws in order to save Molly. And of course, because Wat is honorable and good-hearted, he wants to properly convince Molly to marry him, since he is the one protecting her from her own family.