Deep in the lush Highlands, a powerful laird with everything to lose must risk it all for the lass who storms into his keep—and his heart.
Raised on the debauched margins of society, Amelia Taylor depends upon her quick wit and fiery spirit to survive. When danger closes in on her already precarious home, she flees into the Highlands and finds refuge in the iron-strong circle of Clan Mackenzie. There, her lack of propriety and intriguing beauty draw the attentions of their formidable leader. But to remain safe from pursuit, she must conceal her identity, even if it means deceiving Laird Knox Mackenzie.
A fiercely guarded and staunchly moral warrior, Knox never expected a ravishing stranger like Amelia to reawaken his desires. Yet as their heated confrontations unlock untold passion, temptation proves impossible to resist. So when Amelia’s tapestry of lies begins to unravel, the secrets from her dark past threaten both his Clan and a future they can only dare to dream of….
I don’t think the people on the cover look much like the characters! Where’s our brawny Highlander hero’s long hair?!
The distinguishing feature of this series is that it’s written in the first person, which requires a big adjustment; romantic fiction for adults is very rarely written this way. I think the style adds a bit of a modern feel to the text – I’m not sure how easy it would be to maintain historical accuracy when we have to decipher what’s going on in the head of the narrator (the heroine).
The third book introduces a different kind of heroine, a woman who is on the run with her nephew and who has to lie and lie and lie in order to keep both of them safe. She’s not a criminal, but she’s not completely blameless either, which makes her something of a challenging match for the extremely aristocratic hero.
One problem I have with the first person perspective is that it can be a challenge in romantic fiction in particular, where we have to learn that the man finds the woman attractive and appealing via her thoughts. It’s hard to do, but I think the author pulled it off fairly well, despite some moments where we had to hear about the heroine’s beauty from her own descriptions:
I could see the way his gaze lingered on the lavish curves of my body, gliding over my full lips, touching the long, feminine coils of my softly fiery hair and caressing the plush bounty of my half-exposed breasts. It was a look I was accustomed to, for better or worse.
If you liked the first two books in this series, then you know what you’re in for. I don’t think this one will disappoint you. If you haven’t read the first two, I don’t see why you couldn’t start the series here.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.