Welcome back to the Highlands! These Victorian fairy tales feature the Oliphant clan, whom we met in The Hots for Scots, but rank on the slightly sweet (and less ridiculous) side of things. If you're a fan of reimagined fairy tales, curl up with some of these cute books, with mid-range heat levels!
The Lass Who Lost a Shoe
It all started at the ball... All she wanted was one dreamy night away in a pair of fancy shoes. Meeting him wasn't part of the plan.
After years of slaving away for her wicked stepmother, Ember Oliphant is about to make her dreams come true. All she has to do is attend the masquerade ball in one of her hand-engraved slippers and convince famed industrialist Mr. DeVille to manufacture her shoes in his factory. Then she'll control her own future and build her own happily ever after.
When Maxwell DeVille arrives in the Scottish Highlands to run a factory for the wealthy Prince family, he's feeling like royalty himself. In fact, the locals are even throwing a ball in his honor! He thinks it's a bit far-fetched, until he dances with an intriguingly beautiful woman... but before he can learn her name, she leaves him with only a single, exquisite shoe.
Haunted by her beauty and grace, Maxis determined to find his mystery miss. But his search is soon overshadowed by the intriguing Ember, one of the Inn's simple serving lasses. With brains and beauty to match, she is far more interesting than a polished princess!
And as Ember gets to know sweet, thoughtful Max, she starts to reconsider her dreams. Too bad he can't help her finalize the contract with Mr. DeVille at Oliphant Engraving...then everything would be happily ever after. But when he shows up holding her missing shoe, she realizes he's been lying to her all along.
Thanks to the masks they both wore to the ball, Max is beginning to suspect he fell in love with the wrong woman.
Beware: It's going to take a few meddling godmothers, some thoroughly impractical footwear, and a lot of narrative causality to straighten out this mess!