A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…
They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…
Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?
Set in the fourteenth century, this book has everything you expect from Highland romances. The overly big, overly tough warrior men (the subgenre’s main drawcard!), the feminine but feisty females (which work, if written well enough). The scheming and power-hungry lairds and ladies. The avenging and the honour. The swords. The lusting.
This is a subgenre that works for me – sometimes. Other times, I get the impression these books are a throwback to the bodice ripper era. The Beast of Clan Kincaid is a bit of both, which made some of it enjoyable to me, and other parts too drawn-out and predictable.
On the predictable side was the cast of evil blondes (including a beautiful but evil stepmother!) versus honourable brunettes we were presented with. There were also too many scenes of our hero and heroine lusting after each other for me; I wanted some more plot twists in their place.
On the other hand, the writing is solid, and the research just enough to give this old, OLD time period a proper historical flavour without totally alienating the reader.
It’s just that, after a gripping opening, I found my mind wandering by the halfway mark. It came back together at the end, but by then I was starting to think this would have worked better as a shorter book.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.