I laughed through the whole book.
This is a great story! The characters are wonderful, and I absolutely loved Sir Michael and Catriona. The dialogue is very funny and I was curious to see what would happen as the story progressed. Very clever, very witty dialogue, interesting descriptive passages, and just a whole lot of fun! There are a lot of funny comments in this narrative; if you like words and a funny turn of phrase or description, you'll enjoy this story.
Lady Catriona, an Earl's daughter, becomes estranged from her father and goes to Scotland to care for her elderly cousin. When the cousin dies, she leaves Catriona as a housekeeper to her relative and neighbor, Sir Michael, in her will. Sir Michael, a widower for many years, does not want Catriona messing about organizing his life but he's secretly been attracted to her for a long time. Catriona has embarked on this plan to force Sir Michael to declare his love but he determinedly maintains he's too old for her. When his two grown daughters rush to Scotland to save their father from the "scheming" housekeeper, things heat up.
Very good. Both main characters are strong. I didn't give it a full five stars because I think it's always a little unbelievable that an adult will find about a ten year age difference too much to overcome and because the horrible family estrangement between Catriona and the Earl were too easily overcome at a convenient time in the storyline.
From the back of the book:
When an elderly relative passes away, the last thing Sir Michael Stewart expects is a bequest--especially a lushly attractive young woman determined to move into his home! The old lady's former companion and housekeeper, Catriona Grant has promised to take care of him now, but Michael doesn't need her help. The stubborn lass has far too many ideas about letting the sunshine in and chasing the doldrums out. Widowed and content at his remote and admittedly rather bleak estate on Scotland's coast, Michael has only one solution--finding Miss Grant a husband of her own. But letting her go isn't as easy as he imagined--especially when he discovers that what passed for contentment before has been shattered by fantasies of the sweet tilt of Catriona's lips, and the soft curves of her body...
Nothing to add to what others have said, except that I liked all the characters, especially Catriona and Sir Michael, and I enjoyed the time spent in their company. Kate Huntington, aka Kathy Chwedyk, has been unjustly forgotten, I think, though her books are available on ebook now too. She is one who can write a good sexy romance with energy and snap, without having to get bogged down in repetitious sex scenes. Her sort of book is out of fashion now, alas.