The Laird’s Forbidden Lover
Title : The Laird’s Forbidden Lover
Author : Amelia C. Gormley
Publisher : Riptide Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Historical
Length : 86 pages (e-book)
Published : May 6, 2013
Farm lad Iain Munro knows his love affair with Tavish MacIntyre, future Laird of Creachann-Dubh, is dangerous—discovery could mean disgrace and death. But they’ve been in love since they were boys, and they’ve never been able to resist each other, dishonorable though it is to deceive their families.
Young men now, their sexual explorations have deepened and their love for each other has strengthened. But Iain’s father fears for his eldest son’s future, and Tavish faces dangers and duties of his own: his demanding mother would see him respectably wed, and his interfering sister knows too much—and has schemes of her own.
Facing a lifetime apart, Iain and Tavish must leave their childhoods behind for good as they choose between honor and love, innocence and happiness, and their vows before God and to each other.
Iain Munro and Tavish MacIntyre have grown up together and they have fallen in love.
Both recognize a future for them is impossible. Scottish law makes such a relationship illegal and Tavish will soon become laird of Creachann-Dubh with all the responsibilities that title brings, including marriage and an heir.
As their attraction deepens, the best the lovers can do is to spend time together when Tavish can persuade Ian’s father to let Ian travel with him. The soon-to-be heir believes he can keep Ian by his side no matter the obstacles.
On the other hand, practical and grounded Ian takes a more realistic view. He knows a long-term relationship is impossible and has ended it the last time the two were together.
Impulsive and sometimes reckless Tavish can’t let go of his desperate feelings for Ian and he returns to the Munro farm to take Ian home for a visit and to convince him their relationship can continue. In the background, Tavish’s mother launches plans to marry him off and Tavish’s sister, who clearly knows who her brother loves and wants to share his life with, fumes over her mother’s attempts to control her life as well. The answer to this dilemma is to figure out how Tavish can keep his lover and meet his responsibilities while his sister asserts some independence from her mother.
From here, Tavish and Ian’s story takes off with familial conniving, wrenching betrayal, sibling intrigue and some tender, smokin’ sex scenes. The main characters are fully fleshed out and realistically portrayed in this coming-of-age story woven through present-day scenes. The scenes of Tavish and Ian hesitatingly discovering how to please each other are well done and will make you smile since neither one knows how to go about it. Their first kiss in the stable was especially sigh worthy.
The author uses a series of flashbacks to tell their story and I know there will be those who find this unsettling because there were moments this approach took me out of the story. The world building is good and true to these ruthless times in Scotland. This is a readable, sweet story with enough twists and turns to keep historical fans intrigued and reading. There is the angst of first love, the fear of discovery as well as the ache for the one you can’t live without. And, did I mention there are kilts?
Can Tavish and Ian stay together? Will Tavish’s mother dash their hopes? Is there an answer to this impossible situation? I enjoyed this one, so if you are a fan of period romance, give this a read.
Rated 4 stars by Carli