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Highland Heat by Mary Wine
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There's no questioning the "Heat" part of this title-- the author certainly packs in a lot of it.

The back and forth between hellion Deirdre Chattan, a "fallen" laird's daughter who is trying to forge her own future by aiding the Scottish queen, and the laird Quinton Cameron, who seeks the queen for his own political reasons, is fiery and amusing. I liked the way Scottish politics (including Queen Joan's remarriage) and the society of the clans was woven into the story. I appreciated the respect Quinton showed for Deirdre, and how he worked to treat her as (to some extent, at least) an equal.

Other bits of this book were less believable-- such as how Deirdre and her uppity mouth roamed the countryside for so long and *didn't* get assaulted. The time factor is also sort of odd-- weeks and months pass over the course of the book with very little sense of the passage of time. Deirdre herself, though, was the most annoying. She spouts off and claims to be conflicted about her morals often enough, but SHOWS very little sign of being bothered by them. For all that she protests being thought of as Quinton's "slut" (her words), she's frankly acting like one. I felt Quinton (and how the heck did a Scot get named "Quinton" anyway?) was a fairly intriguing, well-rounded character, but Deirdre's actions, thoughts, and words never really seemed to match up, frequently making her more of a caricature than a character.
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