Sunday, August 1, 2010

Review: LAIRD OF THE MIST by Paula Quinn


They say you should not judge a book by its cover.  The cover of this book has the obligatory hunk in a kilt ripping open the bodice of a gorgeous model.  I have no problem with a clich√© book cover--What made me laugh is that the story takes place in the 17th century and the woman had her ears double pierced.  Um… I don’t think they did that back then.  Nor did they have spray tans, silicone boobs and chest waxing.  (Sigh.)  If I’m going to read trashy novels, I have to stop being so picky. 

Enough with the cover, let’s talk about the story.  The Campbells and the MacGregors have been involved in a feud for over a century.  The result is that the MacGregor name has been outlawed and all members of the clan are legally able to be persecuted and killed.  (As crazy as this sounds, this is an historical fact.  The MacGregors were almost wiped out.  Can you imagine a world where Ewan MacGregor didn’t exist?  Tragedy!)  When outlaw laird, Callum MacGregor captures Kate Campbell, his plan is to hold her for ransom until her uncle, the Earl of Argyle comes for her and Callum can kill him.  In typical Romeo & Juliet fashion, the two become intensely sexually attracted to each other and eventually fall in love.  (Not really a spoiler, since you can see it coming a mile away.) 

Kate hates Callum in the beginning because she was raised to believe that he had murdered both her grandfather and her dad.  By the third chapter, it is pretty easy to figure out that the rat-bastard uncle is really the one who took out his own family members in an attempt to inherit the family title, wealth and power. 

Well, that’s the book in a nut shell.  An entertaining way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but too predictable. 

Overall, I give Laird of the Mist

Plot – 1 bookmark
Character Development – 1 ½ bookmarks
Love Story – 2 bookmarks
Historical References – 3 ½ bookmarks (Most interesting thing about the book in my opinion.)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) – Sean Patrick Flanery (Callum MacGregor), a younger Catherine Zeta Jones (Kate), Chris Sarandon (Uncle Duncan – Earl of Argyle)

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