I enjoyed this entertaining and adventurous romance. It was a lovely story with very likeable characters who were caught up in a dangerous game of intrigue.
This historical romance opened directly after the bloody massacre at Culloden where thousands of Scots were slain in their quest to put Charles Stuart on the throne. It was a costly battle for the Scots that left Diarmad Ramsey as a disillusioned warrior who questions if the devastation was really worth it. Never the less he makes a vow to his dying father that he will participate in a dangerous scheme to lead everyone away from the real prince. That was where Mara MacIvor joined the adventure to guide him on his way. At first these two did not see eye to eye on anything. Diarmad was angry and Mara didn't quite trust his loyalties to the cause.
The part I liked was the adventure of Diarmad and Mara trying to lay a false trail and escaping one scrape after another. Their romantic relationship had to build slowly as they got to know each other better. This entertaining story was well written, fast paced and complicated by deception. That being said it didn't seem all that romantic to me until the breathtaking climax at the end.
All in all, this book was an interesting read that kept me entertained until the end.
Following the disastrous defeat of the clans at Culloden, Scottish Chief’s son Diarmad Ramsay makes his dying father a promise. Diarmad will play the part of Bonny Prince Charlie in an effort to help the true Prince escape the Highlands. With only the fiery Mara MacIvor for guide and with danger on his heels, he must risk all for a Cause in which he no longer believes.
Mara MacIvor considers Ramsay a poor substitute for her beloved Prince. Ramsay may be one of the bonniest men she’s ever met and a braw sight with a sword in his hand, but his disillusionment makes a wide gulf between them. Pursued through the Highlands by Sassenachs and ruthless Highland renegades bent on claiming the price on Prince Charlie’s head, their physical attraction soon becomes a conflagration. But will they ever be bound by more than Diarmad’s vow of honor?