Laird of The Game by Lori Leigh
Publisher: Vintage Romance Publishing
Length: Short (143 pages)
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
Alexander MacKenna has one month to convince Melissa they are destined for each other. She's an American tourist who just happened to stumble into a Celtic Warrior Reality Game. Melissa is certain she has stepped through the magical mist of Scotland - to go back in time. He captures her heart from the first moment they look at each other. For Alexander's six brothers, it's a game of deception as they convince Melissa she is in the 18th century. Along with two hundred and fifty warriors, they battle against the challenging Prince. It's a game of wits, and it's anyone's guess who will win. Alexander, their greatest warrior is smitten, and they are honor bound to keep his secrets.
A world-rocking love for Melissa and Alex makes both of them apprehensive, but their reasons differ greatly. Melissa fears the mist will come and take her away from her Scottish warrior-laird whom she believes is her “one-true-love”. Alex fears Melissa will discover the deceit he and his brother device to keep her at the reality war-game—a game that reenacts the war of 18th century Scotland in the Balquhidder.
The elaborate plan to keep Melissa in the dark about the game and the actual time in history creates havoc with the usual actions in the Laird’s camp. The rowdy activities and the bawdy remarks add a coarse humor to the story. Also keeping Melissa from seeing the computer, the helicopter, or any outside people becomes a full time job for Alex and his brothers.
The sizzling love scenes and the consuming love Alex and Melissa have for each other makes for exhilarating reading.
The interaction of Alex with his brother, the warriors, and the opposing side is filled chicanery and humor with competitiveness at a multitude of levels that is sometimes serious and at other times outrageously funny.
Much of Laird of The Game is told not shown, distancing the reader from the action and making events seem less real. However, it is chocked full of interesting characters that I wanted to know better. It also has wonderful descriptions of the food, the housing, and privation of 18th century Scotland during wartime. An added bonus is Melissa’s sisters and their involvement—they are fun.