"Defended by a Highland Renegade" is an exciting, nonstop chase filled with intrigue and budding romance. From the moment Mairiana asks Darak for help, the adventure begins. Ms. Sinclair is a favorite of mine and I've come to expect a solid and original story from her. This one doesn't disappoint. The characters are honest and real. Although there's a strong attraction from the beginning, it's no insta-love story. Through dialogue and actions, Mairiana and Darak find mutual respect and passion along the way. The plot keeps moving at fast pace as our couple runs to survive. It's truly a story you'll want to read in one sitting just to find out how it ends. I highly recommend Vonda Sinclair's Highlander stories. They can be read as stand-alones but it's nice to revisit old friends from other books.
Lady Mairiana MacKerrick had made a terrible mistake in choosing her betrothed. Now she's on the run with an outlaw who must hide his true identity. Darak MacGregor is from an outlawed clan and spends his days helping his remaining clansmen. He could never imagine what will happen when he agrees to help the the lady he found hiding in the stables.
When Lady Mairiana MacKerrick witnesses her fiancé, Alec Lindsay, committing a murder three days before their wedding, she decides she must run away. Darack Grant, secretly an outlaw MacGregor, is on a clandestine mission, but when he finds Mairiana hiding in the stables, he decides to help her escape. He remembers the lovely lass from their one meeting a few years before. Though he was drawn to her, he always saw her as far beyond his reach. Mairiana finds her hidden inner strength and trusts the Highland renegade to protect her on their journey through the Scottish Highlands. On the way, they find an astonishing passion. But Alec will stop at nothing to reclaim his betrothed and destroy Darack, even pin a murder on him.
This novella appeared in the Enchanting the Highlander anthology.