Clan Kendrick: Book 4
July 27th, 2021
Vanessa Kelly's USA Today bestselling series featuring the men of the Kendrick Clan--and the women who claim their hearts--dazzles with passion-filled adventures set against the wild, lush backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. In this irresistible fourth installment, the most respectable of the Kendrick brothers meets his match in an Irish aristocrat's scandalously independent daughter...
Meet the most respectable member of the Kendrick Clan in bestselling author Vanessa Kelly's intoxicating series--and the independent woman who has stolen his heart...
Miss Kathleen Calvert may be the daughter of an Irish aristocrat, but she has no intention of acting like one. All she desires is to return to her family's estate to raise horses and manage her father's magnificent gardens. But when a scandal threatens her reputation, her parents order her to a remote Scottish estate, hoping she will finally learn to behave like a proper lady. To make matters worse, her escort is a handsome Highlander who just happens to be the most boring man in all of Scotland...
After a youth of dangerous and wild escapades, Grant Kendrick surprised his family--and himself--by becoming a successful businessman and the most respectable Kendrick brother. But does that matter, when the beautiful and free-spirited Kathleen deems him a stodgy bore? Luckily, he gets the chance to prove her wrong when their carriage is ambushed by thieves. But it will take all his ingenuity to protect the beautiful lass who has stormed her way into his heart--and to convince her that a life with him will be a love-filled adventure...
As I sit down to write this review, I'm feeling a bit perplexed. There were so many things I liked about this story, but there were enough wishy-washy bits that I debated about writing one at all. So I think it will be easiest to list what worked and what didn't, this time around.
The Good: The story concept is a very good, pairing a repressed Highlander with a Irish Hellion. I'm a big fan of the "opposites attract" scenario.
I'm also a huge fan of witty banter, which this story has in spades and the secondary characters are all very colorful.
The Bad: Although there is a nice spark of chemistry between Grant and Kathleen when they first meet, their relationship gets so bogged down by self-doubts, too many matchmakers and constantly getting their signals crossed, that by the time they come together, I was no longer truly engaged with the relationship at all.
And the subplot involving the gang of criminals, which held promise at adding some intrigue to the story, just fell flat from predictability. The mastermind is obvious from the moment the character is introduced and the finale to this part of the story, tried hard but failed to be dramatic.
The Ugly: Kathleen, who is supposed to be the scandalous rebel of the story is overshadowed completely by her BRAT of a step-sister's endless shenanigans, who she is constantly making excuses for and coddling when she should be putting her foot down.
The sister, for me, was the main detractor to this entire story. Her antics were downright annoying and had she been given a more minor roll so that more emphasis could have been placed on the development of Kathleen and Grant's relationship and fleshing out the sub-plot a bit more, I think this story might have sparkled instead of fizzling out.