Iain Munro and Tavish MacIntyre are two Scottish lads from completely different life circumstances. Iain lives on a farm with his father and brothers working the land and Tavish is the future Laird of Creachann-Dubh. Falling in love as young men, they spend the next several years trying to sneak time together and learning each other and their desires. Responsibility to family and clan will ultimately come between them, making them choose between love and duty.
I don’t often read historical m/m, and I’m pretty sure this is my first Scottish historical m/m romance. Being only 78 pages, there wasn’t much page time to really dig deep into Iain and Tavish’s journey together. This story jumps back and forth between past and present , opening up with our couple seeing each other again after a falling out then going back in time to when their love affair began. To be honest the jumps in time confused me bit. It might have been the formatting of my copy, but I had to struggle to keep up with the flow in time and kept having to go back to what I previously read to figure out where I was in the timeline.
I enjoyed the characters themselves, on the surface Tavish and Iain are very different, one having grown up as a farm worker and the other raised to someday lead his clan, but when they come together they work well as a couple. The sexy scenes were smoking hot, and their feelings of desperation believable but, I think the story itself would have worked better if the author had spent more time dealing with their many obstacles in the present vs. so many flashbacks to the past. There was this overall feeling of being heavy on the sex and light on the romance. I did enjoy watching them learn how to satisfy each other and discover how sex between the two men is done. I would have liked to know each of them better, connect to them as a couple, but every time I was taken out of the story to decipher where I was in time I found myself struggling to focus back in on how their relationship was unfolding. The ending did feel natural, I’m not sure how else it could have concluded actually, and I was glad to see this couple find a HEA, looking to the future with optimism.
Even with my issue with the flashbacks and timeline, I found the story intriguing and will look for more from this author in the future. Final Grade: C-
“Nay,” Tavish said shortly. “I could never promise before God to worship a woman with my body. The thought makes me cold. ‘Tis ye I want in my bed, wee Iain. Ye and none other.”