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The Scot (Order of the Broken Blade #3) by Cecelia Mecca. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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He only cares about revenge. Until he meets her.

A widow after only one year of marriage, Lady Roysa chooses to run to her sister Idalia, who is wintering at Dromsley Castle, rather than retreat to the property granted to her. What she doesn’t realize is that Idalia and her new husband have a secret—they are part of a rebellion against the king, as is their gruff host at Dromsley Castle.

The last thing Terric Kennaugh wishes for is a guest, let alone one who seems more concerned about fashion than the Order of the Broken Blade’s rebellion against King John.

He may be more of a Scot than an Englishman, but the English royals have a long history of doing his family wrong. He won’t miss his chance at revenge, especially not by the poorly timed arrival of a pampered English miss. Even so, Idalia is as good as a sister to him, and he cannot refuse shelter to a member of her family. To his surprise, he soon finds himself warming toward Roysa—whose beauty and stateliness is but a small part of what makes her a strong, noble woman.

But love is a distraction he cannot afford if he is to have his revenge.

Dromsley Castle is about to become the first battleground in what promises to be an all-out war between the king’s men and the Order.

Can love bloom in the midst of so much danger?


Even though Lady Roysa found out very soon after her marriage that what she thought was love,  wasn't, she is unprepared to be a widow.  Especially as she suspects that her husband's brother has evil intentions.  Her father is too far away to rescue her so she must go to her sister.
Terric Kennaugh is an Earl in England and a Laird in Scotland,  but all he has time for at the moment is the Order of the Broken Blade and it's cause.  The last thing he needs is a guest who throws tantrums over a ruined dress.  
There is a lot of danger and secrets around our characters.  With treason against the King and never knowing just who is on which side in the fight,  we can enjoy an exciting story.  The characters have all got strength, bravery and love for their families. 
This is the third book in the series and while you could quite easily enjoy this book on it's own the series is best read in order.  
Great fun.


Cecelia Mecca is the author of steamy historical romance that transports readers to the middle ages. A former English teacher, Cecelia combines two of her passions, romance novels and the middle ages, transporting readers to an admittedly romanticized time of knights and castles. Her first series, set along the Anglo-Scottish border in 13th century Northumbria, turned Cecelia from educator to full-time author. Readers love the Border Series for its focus on well-developed characters and their steamy relationships leading to satisfying happily ever afters. Cecelia lives in Northeast, Pennsylvania with her husband and two young children where she can be found either planning a Disney trip, watching period dramas or convincing her children to watch Star Wars. She is firmly House Stark and Gryffindor.

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