|It all starts on May Day night, 1296, Glen Shane,
Damian St Giles, sick with love for Tamlyn
MacShane, Lady of Glenrogha, is kidnapped and taken to
Tamlyn’s cousin, the Lady Aithinne Ogilvy. With Longshanks
securing a deadly grip on the throat of Scotland, Aithinne is
in dire need of a man. She intends to keep Damian prisoner
for six nights and then release him. She will rear the son
she expects from the union, the son she needs in order to save
In Her Bed is a historical romance set in the
days of Edward III, when potion-inducing nights of passion
seem commonplace and seeresses pop out of the forests like
rabbits. Damian falls for his lady jailor and she for him.
When she discovers he thinks she is her cousin Tamlyn MacShane,
she cannot bear to see him again and sets him free. Once
restored, Damian finds the English king has granted him new
lands, and sets out to claim them. Of course, he finds
himself at the door of Aithinne’s castle.
The resulting chaos is entertaining. Ms MacGillivray
understands how to tell a cracking story with just the right
blend of emotion, pathos and farce plus an injection of huge
danger for both hero and heroine in the final pages. If you
don’t mind a historical in which the characters use
anachronistic language, you will enjoy this tale very much
indeed. And I suspect that the legion of fans of Restless
Knight, her first book about the Dragons of Challon, will
not mind at all.
Unhappily for me, I find anachronisms jolt me out of the
story. In 1296, the term “showcase” was surely unknown?
Knights, I am convinced, did not “suss things out,” and I
seriously doubt a Pictish princess felt “leery” of meeting a
swain? Or needed “a rundown” of happenings taking place in
The copy I had was an ARC, and the odd language may well
have been removed from the final book. I do hope so.