I loved it! This story takes off where Highland Vengeance ended. If possible (and I'm not saying it is) then this book is even better than the first one. It is certainly darker and more angst filled. That's what I liked most about it, the fact that this author was capable of making me feel the characters pain. I found myself in tears many times while reading this story. And isn't that what we all look for in the books that we read and love? Not necessarily the tears, but certainly the emotions. Well, I challenge you to read this story and not feel those emotions.
We met Bao and Jesslyn in the first book. In fact all the gang is in this one too. These books are not only about the featured couple but are more so about the whole family. Everyone is closely connected which allows the readers to get more involved with the storylines. You know that you're going to get to visit with everyone in the next one. Sort of like a family reunion. LOL.
Bao is a darkly flawed character. He was horribly abused as a young child and enslaved and abused by his own father. He is emotionally scarred and insecure although he is not weaker for it. Instead, his trials have made him stronger. He and Jesslyn had a brief affair that ended in pregnancy. Upon learning this he insists that they wed even though he believes that her family was responsible for much of his suffering. I was frustrated with Bao because of the despicable way he treated Jesslyn. I can't say what he did (no spoilers) but trust me, he treated her horribly. It's also one of the things that made me love the story so much. The fact that this author is not afraid to show her characters flaws makes them more believable. I got even more frustrated with Jesslyn and her insecurities. She was not my favorite character. This author sure does make the reader feel her characters. You either love them or you hate them. And the villains are so twisted.
Each book in this trilogy could stand on its own, but they work much better when read in order as a series. I've still got one more book to go in this series. But I got to say, it's going to be hard to top this one for me. This might be my all-time favorite Highlander story. I loved it. Another five flying stars for this awesome series and for this book!
The second in the Highlands Trilogy, HIGHLAND GRACE begins where HIGHLAND VENGEANCE ended, giving you Bao and Jesslyn's story.
Set in the turn of the 13th century Scottish Highlands. When widow and devoted mother to a five-year-old, Jesslyn MacCreary, discovers her brief encounter with her laird's long-lost brother has resulted in an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, she is thrust into matrimony with its exotically handsome, angry, and seemingly unwilling, father.
Bao Xiong Maclean, by day, a contracted warrior for William, King of Scots, and by night, a lover for hire to the pampered ladies of the king's court, is fighting his attraction to the lovely flaxen-haired widow whose family is the reason he and his mother became slaves to the man who sired him: Jamison Maclean.
Book 1 is Highland Vengeance.