Book: The Rebel Wears Plaid
By Eliza Knight
Series:Prince Charlie’s Angels, #1
By Eliza Knight
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Reviewed by: Barb Massabrook of
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Heat Rating: 🔥
Overall Rating: 5 Star & 5 Kilts
1745 Inverness, Scotland
Toran Fraser had been influenced by his Uncle known as the Fox. He is a big deceiver and fabricator and is known as a traitor. He switches sides between the Scottish Jacobite rebels and the Sassenach English Loyalists for the upcoming rising. He was one of those traitors who sided against his own people, the ones his relatives and clan fought against. His Uncle had told him Scottish Rebels had murdered his mother viciously. He had been working with the vicious Sassenach Redcoat Captain Thomas Boyd at their garrison. It was only to get information and no one was supposed to get hurt. He finds out Boyd is a horrendous liar and plans to murder all the Fraser’s which is Toran’s clan! He suddenly saw his own cousin Archie was about to be murdered by this black guard Sassenach Captain! Toran couldn’t allow his own cousin to be murdered! Though Archie didn’t want to be saved by his traitorous cousin Toran who sided with English swine! Especially when so many Fraser’s would be executed. Toran knew they would both now be wanted by the Sassanach since it would be obvious Toran escaped with a Scottish Fraser prisoner!
This is where Toran meets the heroine of this story Jenny Mackintosh, known to Jacobites as Mistress J.. Toran wants revenge and thinks the rebels are responsible for Toran’s mother’s brutal death. As her name, Mistress J. was pinned to his mother’s naked battered body when returned to the Fraser clan in a pine box. Toran is now responsible and his younger siblings, his sister Isla and his brother Camdyn, both are orphans now. He had to care for them and knew Captain Boyd, leader of the English Garrison, would use his siblings to get to him. So he asked if he could get them to protect them, surprising him that she allowed it, to bring them to her castle, Cnàmhan Broch. It was obvious she did not trust him but was she kind and caring to his younger siblings. Yet this was the rebel he knew he had to murder to get his revenge for killing his sweet mother.
Yet soon Toran realizes how evil his Uncle is and his cousin Simon are where they were putting himself and his siblings in mortal danger. He soon puts his thoughts of revenge to questions, seeing how Jenny cares for everyone. Now realizing his heroic mother was a Jacobite hero sacrificing herself to keep the rebels safe! This was including her best friend who was Jenny’s mother. A woman Jenny admired greatly, yet feels so betrayed when she realized Toran wanted to kill her and her Rebels. He has a lot to prove even though they had been so attracted to each other and he had greatly admired Jenny even before he knew the truth. Though Jenny’s second in command and cousin Dirk can see right through him and swears he will tell Jenny. Yet Toran makes the ultimate sacrifice to prove his loyalty and love and now knows he is a true Jacobite rebel and on the right side to put The Bonnie Royal Stuart’s on the throne, and send that German King back where he came from!
On top of this Jenny’s two best girl friends Annie Macpherson is a healer of the rebels and her other friend Fiona MacBean is a spy. All on the rebel side to help the Jacobite cause. Another huge problem is Jenny’s brother Hamish, who is a huge disappointment and big traitor. He is on the side of the English loyalists, siding with King George and Captain Boyd. He is betraying their father and grandfather’s memories who were both executed years ago protecting their country and lands from the English! Jenny knows one day she might have to kill her own brother being on opposite sides of this war. However, the Sassenach’s have been hunting Mistress J. for the past two years with no success. She has been getting weapons and funds and finding more soldiers for the Jacobite cause. This even included her mother who had been Moire Fraser’s best friend before her wicked execution.
Yet she tried to back away from her feelings for Toran as they both knew they were falling in love. Yet they also knew both their lives might be ended by a Sassenach’s sword or pistol. Jenny felt responsible for so many and wanting to aid her Bonnie Prince in any way possible. Now she had news he was on Scottish soil and was doubly excited, will she ever meet her royal savior? Plus will she ever make a choice between duty and love? Now Toran no longer living on a double edged sword and knew his true path was by this woman’s side. Yet will she ever truly accept and forgive his past mistakes? Will the English ever find and capture Mistress J.? Will the Mackintosh siblings ever have the ultimate battle? Can she bring her brother in on the Jacobite’s side? Will Toran’s Uncle ever pay for his previous crimes? Will his Uncle’s son live or pay the price for his father’s crimes? Will Toran and Jenny ever let their guards down and let love in? Read and find out so much more in this reading masterpiece!
On a personal note I am just thrilled that Sourcebook publishers discovered author Eliza Knight’s amazing talent! As I found her myself ten years ago as an independent author at a New Jersey Romance Writers of American book signing. Eliza was very kind and gracious and was the first independent book I ever read. I fell in love with every book and character after that, as she became one of my most favorite authors. As she writes romantic and awe-inspiring stories about strong, braw, swoon-worthy heroes, and their beautiful, independent, brave, warrior, heroines. It has been an absolute delight and pleasure to get swept up in these powerful reads! As I can’t wait for the next installment in this “Prince Charlie’s Angels” series that I absolutely love!
This book is absolutely phenomenal as it checks all the boxes that historical romance readers love! If you are like me and love true historic figures in your fictional romance novels, then you will definitely love this book! Even Jenny and her two best friends Annie and Fiona are based on three important women in Scottish history, Lady Anne ( Farquharson) Mackintosh, Jenny Cameron and Lady Margaret Ogilvy. Of course this is all the author’s fictional story but it’s my favorite ingredients in a historical romance novel too. It just makes it that much more fun. Now you can read this as a stand alone book, but for me it makes me look forward to future stories in this powerful series.
The setting was absolutely unbelievable and perfect. The multi dimensional characters were absolutely brilliant. Even the clever secondary characters like Dirk was brilliant. I do hope this special cousin gets his own book in the future, as I really enjoyed him. The dialogue was fabulous and the many plots had my heart racing and gasping for air! I could never tell what was going to happen next with so many twists and turns in this magnificent book, a total nail biter in my opinion!
“The Rebel Wears Plaid” is a riveting, page turning, romantic suspense, mystery and adventure. It is also a historical journey that readers will absolutely love. It is filled with all the elements historical romance readers enjoy. From betrayal, disloyalty , politics, torture, murder, hatred, war, battle, death, treachery, deceiver, forgiveness, trust, faith and of course love. It is the type of book you will want to read again and again. A definite shelf keeper and future best seller in my opinion.
“The Rebel Wears Plaid” by Eliza Knight is one of my favorite reads for 2020! I absolutely and unequivocally loved this book so much! I can’t recommend it enough!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy and an advance reader copy from the publisher. I voluntarily agreed to do a fair review and blog through netgalley. All thoughts, ideas and words are my own.