How can a contemporary romance lover get some of that hot kilt action?
Liss MacCrimmon books by Kaitlyn Dunnett, that's how.
Okay let me back up a few steps. February was my local library's 'I love to read' month. Sign up. Read. And win prizes. I already won a key chain and a reading light.
But I'm going for the gold. I just finished the last of 15 books so I can win the book bag!
I love my library, btw. It's a big, airy, light-filled building with librarians who love to talk about books.
So, anywho, I 'm randomly cruising the library looking for books and I spy Kilt Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett. I picked it up because the title is clever. I never figured on reading it because usually the kilt-clad men are in historicals and y'all know I don't have much appetite for historicals.
Imagine my surprise when I find it is a contemporary. Not so much a romance as a mystery book with a little romance thrown in, but still...
Men in kilts. For me. Be still my runaway heart.
The hero in the book is never in a kilt but other men are:
"Most people would have kept their eyes on the twenty-eight-pound granite stone Pete held at shoulder height, wondering if it would break the local record of thirty-five feet. Forewarned by the laughter in Sherri's voice, Liss watched Pete's kilt. He spun three times in a circle. Each rotation sent the fabric billowing higher. The final revolution, just before he let go of the stone, lifted the hem above his thighs.
A traditional Scot wasn't supposed to wear anything at all beneath the kilt, but this was an American version of the Highland games and Pete Campbell, though he'd passed on the more usual cut-offs and bicycle shorts, wasn't about to risk arrest for indecent exposure. Swim trunks patterned in fluorescent purple and chartreuese flowers winked at spectators for a split second before the concealing folds of the Campbell tartan settled back to knee level." Kilt Dead by Kaitlyn Dunnett
In Kilt Dead I stumbled upon the first in a series:
2 - Stone Cold Dead
3 - A Wee Christmas Homicide
4 - The Corpse Wore Tartan
5 - Scotched
6 - Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides
7 - Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones due out July, 2013
This first one is good and the beginning of a romance. Liss MacCrimmon has been touring the world for years as a dancer in a Scottish version of the Irish sensation, Riverdance. She has a career ending knee injury at the same time that her aunt needs her to come and run her business; The Scottish Emporium.
Running her aunt's business leads to a dead body in the stock room.
The mystery is solved in the end and along the way I learned to love Liss MacCrimmon, Dan Ruskin, the town of Moosetookalook, and most of it's inhabitants.
I will be going back for more.
Do you think men in kilts are sexy?
Do you have Scottish blood in you? If so, what clan?
I have Campbell blood in me. There are many Campbell tartans. Not sure which is ours but here is my favorite one: