Princess Clarice for Beaumontagne is in hiding from her countrymen. But she has found a way to support her sister and herself, by selling the secret beauty creams and potions her grandmother once taught her how to make. Along with her sister Amy she finds her way into Scotland to ply her wares, but the laird of Freya Crags, Robert MacKenzie, does not believe the gorgeous beauty is what she claims to be. Clarice could care less what the laird thinks as long as she has the opportunity to sell her wares to the wealthier members of Freya Crags and earn enough money to return her sister and herself to Beaumontagne. But the laird has a scheme of his own which Clarice must agree to help with in order to repay him for his hospitality at his home. Clarice soon discovers there is more to Robert than she had originally thought and is willing to sacrifice her virtue to help the man put his past to rest.
Robert Mackenzie is determined to have vengeance for the wrong done to his men during the wars in the Peninsula. Colonel Ogley will pay for reneging on his promise to Robert to free his friend Waldemar and Princess Clarice is the perfect one to help him. But what will it cost him to finally have Ogley pay for his underhandedness? And is he willing to sacrifice the one thing he has found himself to crave more than revenge?
Though she is beautiful, Princess Clarice is a strong-willed and shrewd businesswoman. Robert MacKenzie is a man with a haunted past that despite his hardships has a tender and warm heart that can be touched by Clarice’s determination. The old men of Freya Crags are a delightful and funny with their dialogue. This was a fun and easy read.