Marian Robertson rescued a child and destroyed her reputation. Now, to keep her family safe, she must marry the stern, dark-eyed warrior negotiating a truce between their clans – and risk her heart to protect the truth.
Manipulated into marrying the ‘Robertson Harlot’, Duncan, peacemaker of the MacLerie clan, finds his new wife’s courage and spirit make it impossible to resist her. But will he put his honor at stake to free her from her past – and claim her love forever?
This cover looks like it’s sending itself up!
If I ever had a guilty pleasure author, I suppose Terri Brisbin is it. I’m usually not the biggest fan of Highland romances, and find them to be the historical romance subgenre that is the most anachronistic and the most exaggerated (and those embarrassing covers!), but Brisbin keeps me up until dawn because her writing style is so readable.
This was my fourth book by this author, and while there is a sameness to some aspects of them, such as drugging the hero, (there’s only so much you can do with the time and setting, I suppose!), I still really enjoyed it. In fact, it ties with The Highlander’s Runaway Bride as my favourite by her so far.
Yet again, I’ve read a series out of order, but I don’t think it mattered.
I think the author finds a good balance between the mentality of the Middle Ages (though almost none of her books actually have dates, this series is set in the fourteenth century) and what we will accept today. I like that while religion and things like that are not heavy in the plot, they exist to an extent to create an atmosphere. I know some modern readers might bristle at the overly masculine men and the attitudes towards women, but – again – this is the Middle Ages!
The plot in this one has enough angst and drama and secrets to keep it interesting to the very end. I liked how secrets were revealed. Some authors really struggle with how long to hold off, but we learnt gradually here, and just when you think you have it all figured out, there is something new to discover.
When you read a number of books by any author, you’re going to notice some of the same things turning up time and time again. One thing that I don’t like is how every heroine always seems to be stumbling or tripping, and having to be steadied by the hero (or any other man available). Whether they’re scared, surprised or just plain clumsy, they can never seem to stay on their feet!
Another thing, that is not the author’s fault, is that the ebook I read had terrible formatting.
I enjoyed Possessed by the Highlander enough that I immediately went back and bought book one in the series.