It doesn't get any better than this lovely historical romance. This book had me captivated from the first page.
This emotional story begins a journey of redemption, love and trust for three Highland sons and the remarkable women they fall in love with along the way. So the story goes that Kincaid brothers had their entire family ripped apart in a brutal act of betrayal. They lost everything, their family, home and legacy, but now seventeen years later the oldest son has returned to avenge all that was lost and find what remains of his clan. The first thing he does is fall in love with the daughter of his enemy.
I loved Niall and Elspeth. The attraction they shared was undeniable even when it looked like Elspeth would be forced to choose another man. I loved how she stood up to everyone and refused to be one of those weak women who simply does what they're told, especially in that time period. There was everything to love about Niall because he had the perfect blend of strength, stubbornness, loyalty and compassion. At first he was so determined to mete out vengeance that he planned to seduce Elspeth and use her against her father, but that was before his heart started compelling him to protect her. Niall was torn between his love and the need to avenge his family but he never once wavered from his convictions. He tried to spare Elspeth's feelings even though he could not bear to lose her.
There was some action, a mystery and a surprise twist that I never saw coming. Now one lost brother has returned and another one has made himself known. Now where could the third brother be hiding? I simply cannot wait to find out all about it. I love this series. The writing is excellent. The characters are wonderful and there is a common thread that is very intriguing. I do love a good mystery so I can't wait for the true mastermind to be revealed. If I had to choose just one series in the historical romance genre then this would be my choice for this year. So I recommend it to all and eagerly await the next book.
A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…
They call him the Beast?a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…
Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian?a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?