Book Review: Strangers at the Altar by Marguerite Kaye

strangers at the altarTitle: Strangers at the Altar

Author: Marguerite Kaye

Series: None

Publisher: Harlequin Historical

Release Date: November 18, 2014


Book Summary: 

The secrets behind the wedding veil.

For penniless widow Ainsley McBrayne, marriage is the only solution. She’s vulnerable yet fiercely independent, so shackling herself to another man seems horrifying! Until handsome stranger Innes Drummond tempts Ainsley to become his temporary wife.

Once married, Ainsley hardly recognizes the rugged Highlander Innes transforms into! He sets her long-dormant pulse racing, and she’s soon craving the enticing delights of their marriage bed. She has until Hogmanay to show Innes that their fake marriage could be for real.




Last time I read an Harlequin Historical without reading several reviews first. This line of books allows everything from sweet to explicit and there is no way of knowing what is inside until you read it or read someone else’s reviews.

This cover looks fairly tame but this story is anything but…

This was recently released on netgalley and the cover looked cute. Summary and cover both seemed fairly mild so I checked goodreads and there was a review up that said.

“A sweet romance about two people who didn’t want a true marriage, but fell for each other anyway…”

So here is the difference between myself and that reviewer. I tend to associate “sweet” with “clean”. Not so in this case. I skipped multiple pages of this book.

So why did I keep reading? Because this author is a great writer and she hooked me from the first chapter. I was quite a ways in before the bedroom scenes played out and I wanted to find out how this story ended. Underlying all the content there was a sweet story of two miserably lonely people who just need someone worth loving.

I’d love to see Harlequin add a “heat index” to this line of books. I know I’ll never go wrong with their Heartwarming line and I know not to pick up a Cosmo Red Hot Read, Nocturne or Blaze title because those are definitely not for me. But their lines that range from sweet to explicit can be frustrating because you don’t know what lies between the pages and sometimes when I take a gamble I lose.
Rating: I’m struggling on how to rate this one. It was well written but there was so much content…so I’m skipping the stars on this one so you can decide if this is the type of book for you or not based on what I wrote.

Content: mild language and lots of sexual content

Source: Netgalley