After not one but two separate scandals, Edie is forced to retire to Scotland in an effort to repair her reputation. It is arranged that Edie, accompanied by her mother, will stay with Alec at his family's castle for the winter. Alec isn't looking forward to going home to face his grandfather's failing health and the complications he has been running from for the last decade.
Alec and Edie have been attracted to each other since the moment they met. They constantly bicker and get under each other's skin. While Alec is absolutely infuriating, he's also the only man who has ever made Edie's heart race. Edie and her mother have to deal with some very unexpected family drama upon their arrival at the castle. By the time both are ready to acknowledge the attraction between them, Edie learns of Alec's past and the obstacle it presents to a possible future. Alec and Edie are very well matched; Alec loves to push and challenge Edie while she is more than willing to challenge him right back.
How to Marry a Royal Highlander is an entertaining romp with plenty of banter, heat, and humorous moments to balance out the family drama. Vanessa Kelly created a very interesting conflict for Alec and Edie. I loved seeing another side to Edie's mother! She became one of my favorite characters as the story unfolded. How to Marry a Royal Highlander can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend at least reading How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy first to see when Alec and Edie meet.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.