16th century Scotland is a land in turmoil, as noble families struggle for control of the throne as old loyalties are broken and new alliances formed. This could form a thrilling backdrop to any historical romance, but this book lobs great chunks of Scottish history about in a disjointed and arbitrary way. The struggle over the guardianship of the young James V provides dubious motivation for the kidnap, or not, of Margaret Douglas. Margaret is, of course, beautiful beyond compare, which is just as well, or her story might not have ended so well. He kind-hearted kidnapper is powerless in the face of her charms and does all he can to win her heart, which is no easy task as she constantly keeps jumping the wrong conclusions, luckily for us, he is ridiculously handsome. This is a land of crude stupid savages greedy for power, the villains are thoroughly bad to the core, the heroes are beautiful, kind and self-sacrificing - it would bring a tear to your eye if it were not so dull.
And that's the real problem, I can forgive just about anything in a historical romance just as long as it stays interesting, which this does not. There is no tension or chemistry, it is all very predictable. Just about every historical romance fiction cliche can be found here. I really had to struggle to finish this