Laurin Wittig's "Highlander Betrayed" is a creative historical romance that will transport readers to the Highlands of Scotland. A Highland setting for a historical romance isn't new, but the magical element of the Targe is a unique twist readers will find rewarding. Wittig has written well - rounded characters, whether they be the main characters, Rowan and Nicholas, or side characters like Scotia and Duncan. This makes reading "Highlander Betrayed" interesting, and keeps the characters likable. Rowan and Nicholas may be typical romance heroes, but the other characters are engaging, witty, and charming. These are the characters that truly make the book. Archie is a creepy, deceiving villain, and balances the story, playing against the loyal and steadfast Rowan and Nicholas. The climax is exciting, and Wittig expertly leaves the story open for a sequel. I look forward to reading more about Rowan and Nicholas, and their fight against the English king.
Lady Elspet, the current Guardian of the Scottish Targe is dying, and Rowan, her niece is trying to keep the MacAlpin clan from falling apart. When an accident befalls Rowan, the handsome Nicholas fitz Hugh saves her life. The clan welcomes Nicholas into their lives, not knowing he is hiding a terrible secret. Nicholas has been sent by the English king to steal the Targe, but he finds he has feelings for Rowan, and his loyalties are quickly put to the test. Will Nicholas betray the woman he loves, and the family he is starting to care for, or will he risk betraying the dangerous king of England?
Hidden deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands lies the Highland Targe, an ancient relic guarded for centuries by clan MacAlpin. It is said the Targe can shield the heart of the Highlands from invaders and now, as part of his plan to crush the Scottish rebellion, the English king wants the Targe for himself . . . .
Rowan MacGregor, orphaned niece to the chief of the MacAlpins and the rock her family depends upon, is worried. With the dwindling health of her aunt, the Guardian of the Targe, the protections that have kept the clan safe and prosperous are fading, and the new Guardian, one of her cousins, has yet to be chosen. Rowan wants nothing more than to see the clan protected again, but when it seems that will never happen, she despairs—even when a handsome and charming stranger comes to her aid.
Nicholas fitz Hugh is not what he seems. Half-English, half-Scottish, he turned his back on his Scottish heritage early in his life, giving his loyalty to England instead. Now he is a talented and cunning spy charged with finding and stealing the Highland Targe for his king.
But when Nicholas finds himself falling for the bonny Rowan and wanting to protect the family she holds so dear, he is forced to choose between his king’s will and his own: Will he betray his king and his mission? Or will he turn his back on the woman he has come to love?