In this fifth installment of Karen
Hawkins’s series involving the MacLeans, we meet again
Alexander MacLean, laird of his clan, and Caitlyn Hurst, the
young miss who started all the trouble in the fourth book,
Sleepless in Scotland. Alexander is intent on
getting his revenge on Caitlyn for causing his family
embarrassment. He gets Caitlyn invited to a house party,
specifically for the purpose of ruining her. He figures it
won’t take much to push her impulsive nature into doing
something he won’t regret.
Caitlyn has promised her mother she
will control her temper and be as proper as can be at the
house party. But then she discovers Alexander MacLean is
there, too, and all promises become a lot harder to keep.
As they goad one another into increasingly daring
situations, the flames that were ignited before leap to the
fore again. In an attempt at resolving their situation,
they agree to complete three tasks based on a myth. But who
will be the real winner?
I enjoyed this story of revenge and love, though not as much
as the previous installment. Alexander is almost
hyper-male, though incredibly sexy. His lust for revenge is
a bit wearying, but Caitlyn is a joy to read as she reacts
to his taunts. The heat between them nearly scorches the
pages. The Laird Who Loved Me is definitely a
fine addition to the series.