Whenever I pick up a book by Mary Wine I know I'm going to be engrossed in the story for hours. I'll read it from beginning to end in one session, and The Highlander's Prize was as engrossing and fascinating as her previous novels. Within minutes she had ensnared me in the year 1487 and the political maneuverings of Scotland and England during the uncertain times of Henry the VII and James III of Scotland.
Clarissa of York, though a pawn in the major scheme of things, is anything but a weak character. She is strongly independent and Ms. Wine balances the independence of the character with the social norms of the time to create a passionate, strong-willed, true to herself character. Clarissa is both likeable and relatable, allowing the reader to form a bond with the character and root for her success to navigate the political maelstrom going on around Clarissa.
Laird Broen MacNichols is also a well-drawn character he’s a hero who is strong, alpha and likeable. When he and Clarissa are thrown together, the two are passionate and elementally raw, though Clarissa is slower to realize how deeply she could feel for Broen. Broen is a true highlander, and though he may not have started out wanting to he will soon find himself fighting to keep his prize. Intrigue lurks around every corner, and Broen must stay ahead of all the players in order to keep Clarissa for himself.
This story was a pleasure to read and each installment from Ms. Wine is better than the last.
Acclaimed author Mary Wine captures all of the raw, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where tumultuous times bred a race of warriors who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived.
Beautiful Clarrisa is sent to Scotland to marry the king, but is soon thwarted by the handsome Laird Broen MacNichols. For Broen, Clarrisa becomes far more than a kidnapped prize. Sparks fly as he enjoys sparring with the intelligent and independent-minded lady from York. Captive turns captor when Broen loses his heart and risks everything to keep Clarissa for himself.