After her sister dies, Tara is sent to her sister's betrothed, Laird Alwyn to marry his son. Her guardian is an awful man and she fears that her new home will not be much better. Which it is. Her betrothed is a callous, drunken spoiled brute and Lord Alwyn is a cold manipulative man who keeps her locked in a tower. But there is one good thing there...Magnus, the handsome man who saves her and helps her through hard times. Can she count on him to help her when it's time to escape?
There are a couple good storylines going on all at once within this story. There is Tara's personal struggles, Magnus's revelation and plans and the romance at the center of it. The two are cute together and I like how they feel comfortable together. Like any other romance story, there has to be a misunderstanding that leads to hurt feelings that drives the two apart. The bad guys are truly terrible and some of the secondary characters are interesting. There is an epic conflict and some satisfaction at the conclusion of Lord Alwyn and his sons story. Plus, a surprise answer to the mystery of her sister's death. Nicely written.
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.
Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is the wrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?