Devil's MoonTitle:  Devil’s Moon
Series:  Border Nights (Book 2)
Author:  Amanda Scott
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  March 31, 2015
Publisher:  Forever
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Synopsis:

A Warrior’s Promise

The last place Sir David “Devil” Ormiston expected his moonlight chase of a horse thief to end was in a lady’s bedchamber. He is shocked to find that the raider he has pursued is no man, but a defiant beauty in disguise—and the woman he’s vowed to protect at all costs. Face to face with a girl Dev thought he knew, the ever confident, marriage-resistant knight may learn that he is defenseless against the desirable woman she has become.

A Lady’s Secret

Lady Robina Gledstanes will do anything to keep her family’s land out of the hands of her greedy kinsmen—except willingly submit to the handsome, cocksure Devil Ormiston. Dev’s help may be just as dangerous as the threats lurking outside her castle. But when enemies scheme to steal the castle’s treasure, Robina must risk losing something even more precious—her heart.

Read on for my thoughts on Devil’s Moon.  No true spoilers, promise.

There are times when a novel starts out with a vivid picture of the action taking place, that it is not possible to really talk about it without giving away spoilers.  And I will not give away spoilers of huge magnitude.  I want you to enjoy the full impact of this novel from reading it yourself – and not by my telling you the entire story.

Robina is not exactly the lady of the manor, she is however, the oldest surviving member of her immediate family.  Her younger brother, Benjy is the Laird now, but at his tender age, he is still not the power among their people, yet.  Robina will do everything in her power to protect her younger brother and keep the people under their care as safe as is possible.

David “Dev” is a knight who knows Robina well.  He also knows how much trouble she can get herself into with little effort.  When they clash over one of Robina’s dangerous actions, the story truly begins to unfold.  Robinia is headstrong, stubborn, and so certain that her way is the best way.  Dev, being male, a knight of his power and time, is exactly as certain that his way is… the only way.  You have to know that these two are made for each other, they just have to battle their way to that point.

And, sorry, but that is enough.  Why?  Because how can you enjoy this amazing novel if I tell you every step.  When you read one of Ms. Scott’s novels you are transported back in time.  I will not spoil that.

I adored Robina.  Yes, she is stubborn and believes her way is best – but at her heart she just wants what we all want, someone who loves her for exactly who she is.  That’s not an unreasonable goal.  Dev is so protective of Robina and Benjy.  Yes, he feels this way on many levels but ultimately he loves this stubborn woman and will do anything to insure her happiness.

Scotland in the 1400’s.  It’s hard to imagine the wildness and the vast space of the landscape of anywhere in the 1400’s.  This is why when I look for an author to make a Historical Romance come to life, I look to Amanda Scott to take me back in time and help me to experience every aspect of life back then.  I enjoy the glimpse into how life was in the 1400’s.  The way people prepared food and ate it, the bits and pieces of everyday chores and the importance of how to provide goods and food for so many is such an eye-opener for a reader in 2015.  Let’s face it, that’s a lot of improvements in food handling.  *grin*  I, personally, like when the way life was at the timeframe of a story is shown to me.  It creates a deeper, more realistic story.

I really enjoyed Devil’s Moon which is the second novel in the Border Nights series.  You can read this novel as a stand alone (as you can with most of Ms. Scott’s novels).  It might make the series more complete in your mind to read them in order – but it is totally not necessary.  So you can go out and pick this one up and dive right in.  This novel gets a 4 outta 5 on my own rating scale.  It is an interesting, at times intense and charming story of love, passion, commitment and letting that little voice in your ear guide you to what’s right for your future.  (read the book and you’ll “get” that point)

*I received an e-ARC of Devil’s Moon from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

This novel releases on March 31, 2015.  Then you will find it in paperback or for the Kindle at Amazon.