Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Treasured by Candace Camp

Title: Treasured
Author: Candace Camp
My Rating: B

Genre: Historical Romance 
Series: Secrets of the Loch #1
Main Characters: Isabel and Jack
Release Date: June 2014
Publisher: Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
Love is in the cards for a young Scottish heiress in the first book of a delicious new trilogy of historical romances, Secrets of the Loch, fromNew York Times bestselling author Candace Camp.

A family legend of hidden treasure mingles with the mist over the shores of Loch Baille . . . But it’s not the cache of gold dating back to Culloden that Jack Kensington claims when he arrives in the Highlands; it’s the house he won in a London card game from a luckless Scotsman.

Stunned to learn that her wastrel brother wagered their family estate, Isobel Rose must find a way to save her home and the people she loves . . . even if it means accepting a loveless marriage. Or perhaps not so loveless? Isobel unlocks the secrets of desire in the arms of the mysterious and handsome Englishman, but a series of “accidents” makes her fear that she will soon be a widow instead of a wife.

As their hunt for lost riches turns into the search for a killer, Isobel fights her attraction to the man who stole her birthright . . . but can Jack convince Isobel that he can provide a home for her heart, and a love to treasure? 

My Review:
It's been a long time since I've read a Candace Camp book, but back when I used to read historical romances regularly (many, many moons ago) she was on my auto-buy list, so I was pretty excited to see if her writing still appealed to me now. Short answer...it does. 

I liked this book. I enjoyed the premise and the relationship between Jack and Isabel. I adored the Scottish vistas and scenery that Ms. Camp described so incredibly well. I felt like I was walking along the cliffs and in the castle ruins along with the characters and it was like a mini-vacation on my couch for me. 

I really enjoyed Jack as a character. He was a great balance of great guy vs. one who feels he's not really worthy of Isabel. He's a gambler that won Isabel's home from her brother in a card game, not realizing that it was the family home and that he'd be putting out Isabel and her aunt. He felt the perfect amounts of remorse about that alongside the fact that he is the owner of the house now. I liked their bargain between the two of them and felt like that whole part of the story was very believable. My one complaint was that Jack was put into the "damsel in distress" situation just a few too many times for me to be happy since he's supposed to be the hero in the book, not the heroine. 

There is more of the story that is written from Isabel's point of view, but I didn't feel like I got to know her that well. Most of her story delves into the mystery and her determination to keep her home and it's crofter's safe. There wasn't quite as much about her history...at least that's the way it feels in retrospect. I just don't feel like I got to know her and her emotions as well as I did with Jack. 

I really loved the whole mystery of the treasure along with the castle ruins and caves systems. I don't know where the series is going from here, but I'm hoping that this isn't the end of the treasure story line. 

I don't read historical romance very often, but this was nice for a little change of pace. Candace Camp still writes a great story and I enjoyed my little "visit" to the Highlands thanks to her. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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