When his brother leaves him in charge of Llynmore Castle, Robert Townsend is determined to make everything go smoothly. What does it matter if he's inexplicably drawn to Ian Cameron, the estate’s stoic steward? Robert is sure he can ignore the way the Highlander's apparent dislike of him gets under his skin. They'll muddle along just fine so long as they avoid one another. An excellent plan…until a fire forces Ian into the castle—and Robert's personal space.
Ian Cameron has worked for everything he owns, unlike spoiled Robert Townsend. And he may not have friends, but he has the Highlands and the stars, and what more could he really need? But when a guest's stolen possession appears in his room, he doesn't have much choice but to admit to the handsome and aggravatingly charming Townsend brother that he needs help. To solve this mystery, they'll have to put aside their differences. And as Ian learns more about Robert, he'll have to guard his heart…or it may be the next thing stolen.
I'm seeing a lot of reviews that are all over the map for this one, but I thought A Scot's Surrender by new-to-me author Lily Maxton was pretty great.
I love, love, love historical romance, and when I get a well-done, slow-burn historical romance, well, you've got me.
This book is almost an enemies-to-lovers, which is always a weakness of mine. There was so much time for the relationship to develop, and I just loved watching the two MCs go from vaguely disliking each other to grudging friends to something more.
The plot is relatively simple, but the beauty is in the slow, measured writing that really leaves you no choice but to fall for these characters. There is a small mystery element, but the focus is on the slow crawl to romance, for sure.
There is a little steam but it's more sensual writing than explicit. Read the story for the emotions and not the heat.
I was really, really impressed by Lily Maxton, and it put her on the map for me. I'll be picking up her previous M/F books, and I can't wait to see what other M/M books she comes up with in the future. Highly recommend.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*