Today's post is on Treasured by Candace Camp. It is 403 pages long, is published by Pocket Books, and is the first in her Secrets of the Loch series. The cover is a picture of a very pretty woman in a plaid dress looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes historicals, love stories, and family mysteries. There is mild foul language, sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- 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 Andrew Rose, master of Baillannan. 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 secret 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 the hunt for the 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?
Review- This is a very fun historical read. I liked both the main characters and the hunt for the treasure was a fun background story. Isobel and Jack both want and distrust the love that is growing between them. The sex is tasteful and can be missed without losing anything from the story. Isobel is a good heroine with a heart of gold and Jack is a fun rogue who really does not want to be one. He wants to be respectable and Isobel can give that to him. He does take time to seduce her and she lets him. I did not feel that Isobel was forced into anything. Jack does want to consummate the marriage but he does not make Isobel do anything that she does not want to do. A fun little love story and I am very curious about what Camp is going to go with this series.
I give this volume a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.