Crimson Heart

Highland Hearts, #3

I admit to being rather new to Scottish romance, but the setting and the time period enchant me. Heather McCollum's Crimson Heart drew me in from the first pages and it's one of the best Scottish romances I've read. She paints the Scottish setting so richly and lovingly that I was transported and didn't want to leave.

Heroine and hero, Elena and Searc, share an instant attraction, but also a begrudging admiration for each other's bravery and strength. I loved their sparring in the beginning as much as I loved the bond that grew between them as they were tested at every turn. The element of family and the colorful member's of Searc's clan were an essential aspect of the plot, yet the also enriched the whole story, the conflict, and ultimately the story's resolution. For those who love Scottish romance or are eager to fall in love with it, I highly recommend Heather McCollum's Crimson Heart.

To keep her Protestant heritage secret, Elena flees to Scotland. Encountering a fierce Scottish clansman, who proves to have secrets and strange powers of his own. When they form an alliance, an unexpected and unbreakable bond forms, the likes of which neither ever expected.

Book Blurb for Crimson Heart

Elena has spent her entire life hiding her family name while walking the thin line between lady and servant in a Protestant household. Keeping the secret of her lineage has been a success for years, but now, with a new, fiercely Catholic queen on the throne, Elena's Protestant caretaker is being targeted. And when Bloody Mary discovers Elena's true identity, she must not only flee to Scotland for her freedom, but also for her life. 

Highland warrior, Searc Munro, has secrets of his own. In a family of healers, his own dark, killing magic must never be known. But when his father's life is threatened, Searc unleashes his lethal power to save him. With his clan's suspicious glances and whispers plaguing him, he sets off alone, only to find another use for his magic in saving a beautiful lass being attacked in the forest. 

Teaming up as exiles, Elena and Searc head toward Edinburg to find refuge. Yet, with a series of ritual killings haunting the city and a traitor attempting to assassinate Scotland's regent, suspicion turns to Searc. As word of another British heir reaches the country, the two must find a way to trust each other, despite their secrets, before it's too late.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2014 4.50