I enjoyed reading this well written story. The author displayed her talent for characterization. The setting that she created was very realistic for that era. However, I would have appreciated a bit more explanation about how Brodie came to loose his memory. It is possible that I missed those details due to the fact that this book is actually a follow-up to another story, "Maggie Mine". Still, it would have made this story even better had the author expounded on the origins of her leading characters injury. Yet, this one minor detail still did not detract in any way from my enjoyment of the story as a whole. As a matter of fact, this story kept me up well into the night because I was so anxious to see if Brodie and Annabelle would ever get their HEA. I got to admit the author had me on the edge of my seat there for a while.
Brodie was your typical Alpha male. But he had a vulnerable side, due to his memory loss that the author fully displayed. Who doesn't love a sexy Alpha hero with a vulnerable side? Add to the fact that he is wearing a kilt? Well, that was the cherry on the top for me! His vulnerable side was his saving grace because I tell you that man sure was stubborn to a fault. His stubbornness in honoring the betrothal that he didn't even remember making went a little too far in my opinion. I was more than a little outraged on poor Annabelle's behalf. After all, wouldn't it have been more honorable to marry her since he had already bedded her and knocked her up, rather than marrying that shrew, Agatha. Now, Annabelle was the perfect heroine. Saucy and strong willed. Yet, she had that submissive side to her that served as the perfect complement to Brodie's dominant streak. With more than one bad guy after Annabelle this story stays interesting throughout the entire book. I really enjoyed this book. The storyline kept me interested with the perfect mixture of romance, action, and mystery. The story exhibits light shades of BDSM, not too overpowering, spankings mostly. So if that's not your thing you may not wanna try this one. Personally, I loved it. So, I am happy to recommend this book to all historical romance fans as well as any fans of the BDSM genre.
Annabel Henderson’s life has fallen apart yet again, worse this time than before. She lost her beloved younger brother, then her mother a year ago, and now her father. His dying words talk of his regrets; warn her of someone or something that he was unable to fully explain. Confused, grieving, she is left alone in the Scottish Highlands to deal with her father’s body and wondering how she can continue on with her family’s tinker trade traveling from village to village. She must do it, for it is the only life she knows. In her heart, though, she yearns for a man to love her and to help her with the trade. Instead her first encounter is with the famed Great Scottish Devil returning to his home of Urquhart. The Devil is more annoying and demanding than he is handsome. How dare he think to take charge of her life!
Brodie Durward isn’t sure he can deal with another problem in his life. He’d barely survived being taken prisoner and seriously wounded in the final battle of the Crusades, left with the loss of his memories. Still struggling with that, he had to go to England and save his sister Maggie from being hung. All he wants now is to return to his family’s holding of the Castle Urquhart. He hopes the once familiar surroundings and being around his clan will help him completely heal and regain his memories. Then he and his men run across a young lad apparently trying to steal the valuables off a dead man. Such a travesty can’t be tolerated!
But the “lad” isn’t a boy at all. The supposed bandit is a tiny sprite of a woman, far too pleasing to the eye for his comfort, and furious at having been called a thief. And then she tries to refuse to travel with him under his protection, claiming she doesn’t need it, doesn’t wish to go in that direction. He has no patience for her foolishness. She will go with him!
This story is a companion novel of "Maggie Mine" by Starla Kaye about Maggie's troubled older brother, but it is also a book that stands on its own!
NOTE: This story contains sex and domestic discipline (adult male spanking an adult woman), so if such material can or may offend you, please don't buy this book.
Book Length: 12 chapters / 63,738 words