Two years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.
Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.
But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.
Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.
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I am very much in two minds about how to review this book. On the one hand, I found that it had some hard to believe scenarios. As I was reading and finding fault it detracted from what should have been very good scenes. I won't go into detail because of spoilers, but thankfully the worst of it was in the first few chapters. I also didn't like the hero or the heroine much. He was too brutal, yet at times seeming weak, and the heroine was too much of a martyr for her sister. BUT, on the other hand, the story somehow captivated me and I couldn't put it down until I read it all in one sitting. I think that knowing that in reality, Highlanders are not all heroes like a certain fictional Jamie Fraser helped me to be more accepting of the brutality of some of the scenes in the book. My biggest question is how, no matter the reason, the hero could treat the heroine as he did when he is supposed to be her soulmate? One minute he loathed her, then he loved her, then he loathed her before loving her again. Maybe it's me, maybe I like more of a romantic hero. This book definitely had something going for it because as I said, I couldn't put it down. Despite the harsh treatment that both endured, I, being the romantic I am, still wanted them to have their happy ending.
I think that despite everything I might not have liked about the story, this book is still very much worthy of the rating I have given it. I also would recommend it, perhaps with a warning of some of the slightly unbelievable scenarios at the start and the lack of a more flowery romance between our couple.
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Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, UK and has always had a passion for romance and strong alpha heroes. After graduating from Oxford University and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot, she started a career in financial services in order to indulge her love of mathematics.
She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She reignited her passion for romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme.
When not working on algebra or keeping Twinkle from slithering over the keyboard, Emily enjoys painting and playing the piano. She can often be found wandering about the hills of Scotland looking for inspiration.