Since the disappearance of the “Circle of Light”, Lady Maura O'Donnell's clan has suffered bad luck. She promises her father on his deathbed that she would find the Celtic relic, which was stolen from her clan by a notorious pirate centuries ago.
When she learns that Alec McBride, Duke of Gleneden, is related to the pirate, the Black Scotsman, she is determined to do anything to gain access to his lands to search for the mystic relic, even if it means she must marry him.
Unfortunately, I felt that this novel was 200 pages too long. I thought that Maura's secret was held to long throughout the story, if it had been revealed earlier, then I would have enjoyed the story more, but because I kept waiting for Alec to learn the truth, I knew he would be rightfully upset, and it held me back from liking the book, up to that point. It didn't help that I felt Maura was a bit lackluster for Alec, who I absolutely adored.
When Maura's secret was revealed I thought the pace of the book picked up and I really liked the way everything played out from there. I was able to enjoy the feelings that were growing between Maura and Alec, the chemistry between them became more believable and things started to heat up. I just wish that it had all happened earlier in the book. I liked the secondary characters and I really liked the descriptions of Gleneden, and found myself wanting to visit the estate and the wishing well.
Lady Maura O’Donnell swore to her father that she would recover the Circle of Light, an enchanted Celtic relic that had brought the family prosperity—until it was stolen two centuries earlier by a notorious pirate. Now the pirate’s descendant, the Duke of Gleneden, holds this rare treasure, and Maura will do anything to get it back
Alec McBride knows when he’s been had. Lady Maura tricked him into marriage, and now she’ll pay. He’ll tempt her, tame her—until she sorely wishes she’d never heard of the Duke of Gleneden. Caught up in their game of revenge, Alec and Maura never notice what is happening in their hearts—until it’s too late.