This time traveling historical romance is not like any other I’ve read. It has passion, deceit, arranged marriage and unexpected pregnancy. All great things in any romance. However, this one has more twists and turns than you could ever expect; all to take care of the clan. Claire is a modern woman who ends up in the dark ages. Her strength quickly comes across and you know she won’t be a push over. Ian isn’t as easy to read. His heart is torn between his clan and Claire. Each understands duty and that understanding will mean heartbreak. This story is broke down into three sections. Each flows into the next but they also mark a change within the story. This also means these are great places to take a break, if you can put this book down. While I was expecting to have the normal shock of time travel and the disbelief that normally occurs, I was pleasantly surprised on how this book dealt with it. Apparently there was someone earlier who came from the future and the stories are still passed down within the clan. Nice twist and one I wasn’t expecting but now it has me wondering if there is an earlier book about this clan. This is a fantastic story and I really enjoyed it.
Claire was out with her best friend celebrating. However, where her best friend will pick up a guy for the night, this isn’t Claire’s thing so Claire is heading home. She doesn’t go far when she is assaulted. Her martial arts training comes into play and Claire easily takes care of her attacker but when she looks around she see a man tied to a tree in the light of morning. Considering it is the middle of the night, Claire is confused but she can’t let that man just sit there. Surely, she can go release him and then return to where she started.
Rescuing the man tied to a tree seemed like a rational decision. Claire is a smart, capable bookkeeper who happens to work at a martial arts academy. She has no idea the door she walked through to save the bound man would leave her trapped in 13th century Scotland. She is unable to regret the night of passion shared with Ian, even though it happened with the threat of death just outside the door. She pretends to be content with Ian’s friendship, knowing his people must come first. Compelled by honor and tormented by desire, is being his woman, while he marries another, enough?
Ian, Laird of the Draig Clan, is a man trapped by fate. Forced by necessity to marry a woman he has never met, her dowry is essential to save his clan. However, he is in love with the woman who saved his life and then spent one night in his arms. Duty prevents Ian from being able to marry Claire as custom, honor, and his heart demand. Drawn to her, believing they share the same desires and dreams in life, he finally offers her the only option available, a place by his side and in his bed.
Claire and Ian are bound together in love and then ripped apart by deception and a plot to destroy the Draig clan. Facing the final battle alone and unarmed, Claire saves them all. The ultimate challenge is forgiving Ian for sending her away.