A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honour, became a new breed of men…
Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He’d defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie’s sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart. In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is… Surrender.
Some authors just have something a little more special than most of the crowd, and Pamela Clare is one of those people. Her historical romances, which are at least as rich in history as romance, have been astonishing me since I started reading them. I’ve been trying to ration her books, but it’s hard work to not gobble them all up in one go.
Surrender kicks off the MacKinnon’s Rangers series, which I would recommend if you liked The Last of the Mohicans. It has a similar setting, a similar vibe. The amount of research that has gone into this series is staggering, and once again I find myself appreciating an author brave enough to make her characters historically accurate.
Sure, it’s not as pretty as the fairy tale-style Regency romances out there, but life WAS harder then, and I prefer proper historical fiction over something that has been prettied up.
A big, sweeping saga, we see how high the stakes are for our characters in the middle of a brutal war. The war setting lends itself to lots of action and adventure and plenty of life-or-death situations for our hero and heroine. I love suspense stories with contemporary settings, and I love suspense in my historical reading just as much.
Honestly, I could go into details about the plot or talk about how great the romance was, but I don’t really need to. Just read it for yourself!
If there was one thing I would complain about, it’s the author’s love affair with the word gotten. Especially inappropriate when so many of her characters are British!