About the Book:
Title: a Laird Without a Past
Author: Jeanine Englert
Series: Secrets of Clan Cameron #1
Page Length: 288
Publication Date: July 25, 2023
Publisher: Harlequin Historical
Synopsis: His past is forgotten…
Can his mysterious healer unlock his future?
When Royce wakes with no memories and suddenly blind, his situation seems dire. The only thing he remembers is being attacked by shadowy figures…but not the beautiful woman who came to his rescue. Now Iona MacKenzie’s every touch drives Royce wild. But when news of a manhunt for him reaches them, Royce must uncover his past if he has any chance of saving himself—and the woman he’s falling for…
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I’m so happy to be on the tour today for A Laird Without a Past, the first book in the Secrets of Clan Cameron historical romance series. The story follows Royce, a man who wakes with no memories or vision, and Iona, the healer who rescued him. It’s a unique and entertaining story, and I loved the romance between Iona and Royce!
Royce and Iona have such a great love story with so many tropes I enjoy, and their connection is really strong. Iona takes care of Royce for a lot of the story, which I found really interesting. She’s a capable, intelligent, independent woman who has suffered much loss in her life, and she doesn’t want to risk getting close to anyone again. Perfectly content to live alone and away from others with her beloved dog for company and her job as a healer to sustain her, Iona fights her feelings for the mysterious man who washes up on her shores. But the more time they spend together and the more they get to know each other, the harder it is for Iona and Royce to hide their feelings.
“You have taught me to be brave in an ocean of uncertainty.”
An amnesiac, Royce has no idea how he ended up in Iona’s care, but he does know that his feelings for her are ever-growing and true. He really sees her and understands and respects her, which is rare for Iona, who is often judged and whispered about. I like that Royce doesn’t take away her sense of self, and he respects her decisions even when he doesn’t understand or agree with them. His deference to and admiration of her makes Royce even more swoon-worthy.
Royce’s guilt over losing his sister to the sea when he was a child still haunts him, and it’s intriguing to see how this part of the story plays out. There’s some danger and mystery, and it’s clear that someone wants the secrets of the past to stay in the past. Luckily, Royce’s determination (and guilt) to find out what happened to his sister proves stronger.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are great, the setting sounds gorgeous, and Iona’s dog is a delight! I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Special thanks to Rachels Random Resources for having me on the tour.
About Jeanine Englert:
Jeanine Englert’s love affair with mysteries and romance began with Nancy Drew, Murder She Wrote, and her Grandmother’s bookshelves full of romance novels. She is a VIVIAN® and Golden Heart® Finalist as well as a Silver Falchion, Maggie, and Daphne du Maurier Award Winner in historical romance and mystery. Her Scottish Highland historical and historical romantic suspense novels revolve around characters seeking self-acceptance and redemption. When she isn’t wrangling with her characters on the page, she can be found trying to convince her husband to watch her latest Masterpiece or BBC show obsession. She loves to talk about books, writing, her beloved rescue pups, as well as mysteries and romance with other readers. Visit her website at www.jeaninewrites.com.
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