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    A Wonderful Surprise

    What a wonderful surprise. After two instalments of her Highlands-based Regency series featuring heterosexual – though assuredly tempestuous – couples, Lily Maxton hits us with A Scot’s Surrender, a delightful forbidden love tale of two gentlemen, one brother to the lord of Llynmore Castle, the other the castle’s steward. Robert Townsend is used to being liked, so is quite put out when the abrasive Ian Cameron refuses to succumb to his manifold charms. Ian Cameron is a self-made man who believes in hard work and discipline, neither of which seem to be among Robert Townsend's chosen pastimes. But neither can deny their attraction for long, and pretty soon they discover the truth about each other... in more ways than one. Also, there are troublesome houseguests – castleguests? – and some mysterious thefts to be solved. It’s really a lot of fun. * This review appeared as an "M/M Recommendation" in the April 2018 issue of Romantic Intentions Quarterly.
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    A Scot's Surrender

    This is not my usual trope to read but I found it engaging and it held my attention. I think this may be the first book by Lily Maxton involving a m/m relationship. It was well done in the author's usual style. The setting and characters were well described and engaged you in the story. Robert Townsend is determined to run Llynmore Castle when his brother leaves him in charge. But the estates's steward, Ian Cameron seems to dislike him intensely for some reason. A fire and a mystery throw the two together to find out what happened to a guest's stolen possession when all fingers point toward Ian. Having to depend upon Robert to help him sort everything out, they have to work together and solve the mystery. But as hearts become engaged, it seems they are bound to be together. So sit back and enjoy the story and look for the next Lily Maxton story!
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    A sweet M/M historical romance!

    Lily Maxton wrote a M/M historical romance? Yes, please! The romance here is slow moving, with an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers vibe that I liked quite a lot. Both main characters are convinced the other doesn't like him, and are further convinced that they don't care at all about that fact, and can see where this is going to go. In the meantime, we get fun exchanges like this: " want me there because you're frightened to go alone?" Townsend tilted his head and narrowed his eyes. "I'm not frightened," he said. "I like to hedge my bets." "Meaning?" "If there would happen to be something down there--a deranged murderer, who's been hiding there for years unbeknownst to any of us, or, God forbid, a rampaging unicorn--I might have a chance to escape if they're occupied with you first." Ian didn't even know where to begin. "So ye would use me as a human shield?" "Don't take it personally, Cameron. I would be tempted to use anyone as a shield against murderers and unicorns." "I don't think it likely that there's anything down there. Someone would have noticed." "You obviously haven't read as many gothic novels as I have." So, so true. And he undoubtedly hasn't written any... ;) This story is fairly low-angst--there is a bit of a mystery plot and an almost-forced marriage for propriety reasons, but both are resolved fairly easily, if not quite quickly. I did appreciate that the fact that an HEA for Ian and Robert is going to be risky and definitely not non-stop sunshine and rainbows (given the story's setting) is discussed. Still, one is left with a definite hopeful feeling in the end that both of our heroes have had a hand in working towards. A Scot's Surrender is a sweet historical M/M romance. Though it's the third in the series, it absolutely works as a standalone--his family factors into a lot of the decisions Robert makes, but they personally don't play a huge role (his older brother shows up for about five minutes worth of reading, that's it) and you don't need to have read their books at all to appreciate Robert's. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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