Irresistible in a Kilt
by Anna Durand
The entire Hot Scots series from Anna Durand is excellent, and this story is certainly excellent as well. It is also very emotionally compelling. The characters, Catriona and Alex, and brief mentions of their fractured relationship had appeared elsewhere in the series, but this book can absolutely be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
The 2 main characters are both archaeology professors, devoted to understanding history. Both of them have been unable to move past their own history together, which came to a crashing end more than a decade ago. When they both end up teaching at the same University, Cat resolves that she is going to have answers regarding the mystery that tore them apart. She knows Alex isn’t being truthful with her. As much as Alex wants to tell her everything, he can’t bring himself to do it. He is trapped in the ugliness and shame of his past. The sad emotions in this book are well-balanced by the witty dialogue, laugh-out-loud moments and scorching hot passionate interludes.
I thought the dual POV was incredibly helpful in helping me as the reader understand that Alex was really crippled by his feelings, not simply making casual excuses for flippant choices. It also helps a lot in understanding why Catriona decided not to give up on him. I like that the HEA did not extend to all of Alex’ life because in the real world, that is also how it goes. It was great that the end left me intrigued with the set-up of the next story, and seemingly big hints about the stories after that. I will definitely be reading them all!