“Sparkling with high seas drama and tender romance,” the third Scottish Highlands novel is “a pure pleasure” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
For almost seven years, Scottish noble Patrick Maclean has toiled as a slave aboard a Spanish galleon ship. Now the day of reckoning has finally arrived. Leading his fellow oarsmen into mutiny, he seizes control of the Sofia. But there’s an unexpected passenger: the ship owner’s niece. With no choice but to take the Spanish beauty hostage, Patrick sails for Scotland to exact his long-awaited revenge and reclaim his rightful legacy.
Juliana Mendoza was willing to do anything to save her mother—even leave her beloved homeland to marry a total stranger. Now she finds herself the captive of a man with murder in his heart. But at Inverleith, the Macleans’ ancestral keep, she sees a different side of the fierce warrior and meets his honorable clan, struggling to bring peace to a bitterly divided country. Her warring feelings for Patrick erupt into a passion that leaves them both yearning for more. But Juliana is duty bound to another land . . . and another man.
Beloved Warrior is the 3rd book in the Scottish Highland series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The conclusion to Potter's 16th century-set Scottish Highland Trilogy (following Beloved Stranger) gives proof to what her fans may already know: Potter keeps getting better with every outing. Sparkling with high seas drama and tender romance, the story of the eldest Maclean brother, Patrick, opens six years into his imprisonment aboard a Spanish slave ship. Following Patrick's plan, he and his fellow oarsmen successfully mutiny, putting him on the route home to Scotland, where he can find out what's become of his family and claim his inheritance. His plan is complicated, however, when he discovers two women among the passengers: the ship owner's daughter, Juliana Mendoza, and her maid, Carmita. Honor-bound to protect them despite his searing hatred for Juliana's father, Patrick keeps the two from the rapacious designs of the other mutineers. Initially distrustful, they're both awakened, soon enough, to the kindness and bravery in each other. Upon reaching Scotland, both have given themselves over to mutual passion, despite Juliana's impending nuptials to a powerful English viscount, a union she can only abandon by imperiling her mother. Potter has an expert ability to invest in fully realized characters and a strong sense of place without losing momentum in the details, making this novel a pure pleasure.