Unlaced by the Highland Duke
(The Lochmore Legacy #2)
Benneit, Duke of Lochmore/Joane Langdale
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
A plain Regency governess
In bed with the duke!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Unceremoniously packed off to Scotland to care for the Duke of Lochmore’s young son, practical widow Joane Langdale fears she will be ignored as always. But the deep connection and heated passion that develops between her and Benneit is far more dangerous! When Benneit is expected to propose to another, how dare Jo dream of becoming his duchess?
Unlaced by the Highland Duke is the second book in “The Lochmore Legacy” series. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this series since I first heard about it some time ago. What makes this series unique is that there are 4 authors involved and they will each be writing in a different time period going back in time to unravel a mystery.
We first met Joane Langdale (Jo) in the first book in this series by Janice Preston’s “His Convenient Highland Wedding”. I immediately liked Jo and loved her personality in the previous book. So I was excited to hear this book was going to be her story. Jo is the cousin of Benneit’s deceased wife Bella. Being a poorer relation of the Uxmore family she became a companion/servant for them when her husband died. This is how she ends up temporarily becoming a governess for Benneit’s son.
Benneit, the Duke of Lochmore is a widower with a young son, Jamie. With the responsibility of the dukedom and trying to secure his son’s future, he has a heavy weight on his shoulders. Knowing that he will be busy for the next few weeks and feeling guilty that he’s been ignoring his son, he reluctantly agrees to allow Jo to accompany them back to Scotland to help with Jamie.
I absolutely loved this couple! Their romance was one that came on gradually, definitely not a love at first sight. The way Jo was able to frustrate, embarrass and surprise him had Benneit speechless at times and had me smiling. There was definitely a slow burning, underlying awareness of something between them that both fought for awhile. It was a joy to watch them gradually let down their guard and trust and open up to each other. The romance was beautifully paced and as breathtaking as the lush descriptions of the scenery.
Ms. Temple didn’t hold back with this one, it’s definitely one of her best books to date! With fabulous secondary characters, a mystery that connects this series and a breathtakingly beautiful love story it truly is perfect! I highly recommend this book along with the entire series! Loved it!
Unlaced by the Highland Duke by Lara Temple: