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Settled in the tranquil remoteness of the Scottish Highlands, Ardnoch Estate caters to the rich and famous. It is as unattainable and as mysterious as its owner –ex-Hollywood leading man Lachlan Adair–and it’s poised on the edge of a dark scandal.

After narrowly escaping death, police officer Robyn Penhaligon leaves behind her life in Boston in search of some answers. Starting with Mac Galbraith, the Scottish father who abandoned her to pursue his career in private security. To re-connect with Mac, Robyn will finally meet a man she’s long resented. Lachlan Adair. Hostility instantly brews between Robyn and Lachlan. She thinks the head of the Adair family is high-handed and self-important. And finding closure with Mac is proving more difficult than she ever imagined. Robyn would sooner leave Ardnoch, but when she discovers Mac is embroiled in a threat against the Adairs and the exclusive members of the estate, she finds she’s not yet ready to give up on her father.

Determined to ensure Mac’s safety, Robyn investigates the disturbing crimes at Ardnoch, forcing her and Lachlan to spend time together. Soon it becomes clear a searing attraction exists beneath their animosity, and temptation leads them down a perilous path.
While they discover they are connected by something far more addictive than passion, Lachlan cannot let go of his grip on a painful past: a past that will destroy his future … if the insidious presence of an enemy lurking in the shadows of Ardnoch doesn’t do the job first.


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Fly Girl’s Review

Two book by Samantha Young in one year. This must make her a favorite. From where I sit, it may be.  Both of them were very good. Check out my review of Bound by Forever which I reviewed in Jan this year. This is the first romantic suspense I’ve read in a very long time. I don’t count my recent read of Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews as a true romantic suspense it was more of.a mystery in my mind. I think because it didn’t make my heart skip a beat and only one person got killed that was related to the heroine. This romantic suspense had a lot of scary moments a mystery, hospital visits, anxious characters, and several guilty people in the mix.

Samantha does a good job of balancing the suspense with the romance as well. It starts out as being about Robyn’s relationship with her father and her demons and turns into her being involved in Lachlan’s family and demons. It makes a good progression from one to the next and Robyn stays engaged in all of it because of the attack on her dad and how that makes her realize she almost lost the dad she was overcoming her fears of rejection to reconnect with. In some ways it was as if she had to conquer the killer in order for her to get her chance at conquering her fears about her father. Having felt abandoned in the same way by my father she did a great job articulating how intense the feelings are and what kind of courage it takes to overcome you fears to stick your heart out there with a parent who’s betrayed your trust. Thankfully for me I had a happy ending with my father just as Robyn eventually gets.

Lachlan just irritates her by trying to prevent her from reconnecting with her father because he’s afraid he won’t be able to protect her dad from some tough times. Funny thing is he can’t protect anyone in his family from getting hurt, only himself. He does a good job of keeping everyone at a distance to insulate himself from heartbreak. Samantha makes Lachlan move forward a couple steps, then fall back, then move forward another step or two, until he finally reaches maturity. Lachlan never has one epiphany that changes him, it’s a slow process. I think this is more real than one moment making the changes. For me it felt better and more lasting than the other way. As humans we tend to over think things which makes you change a little, then rethink your decision and fall back a little bit.

I’m giving this a 5 of 5 and I think it might make my Top 10 list for 2021. It was a great read and I’m looking forward to conclusions for the other Adair siblings.

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Samantha is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty books, several of which have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. Her books have been published in 28 languages in 30 countries. She resides in Scotland.