From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If You Dare and If You Desire comes the third in the MacCarrick Brothers series featuring a handsome and mysterious Highlander.
Ethan MacCarrick was a heartbreakingly handsome rake until a powerful nobleman ordered him brutally beaten and his face scarred for a crime he didn't commit. Ethan's reprisal—bankrupting the nobleman and forcing his exile—does little to appease his wrath. Ten years later, a haughty, mysterious beauty enchants Ethan—the daughter of his enemy. At last, Ethan will have the revenge he's craved; he'll promise her marriage, seduce her, then cast her aside.
When Madeleine van Rowen's family was suddenly plunged into destitution and dishonor, she steeled herself against further heartache. She never weakened, never trusted, until a towering, scarred Highlander relentlessly pursues her, breaking down her defenses.
The passion between them burns hotter than Ethan's fury, and soon he finds he can't let her go. But when Madeleine uncovers the truth about him, can Ethan convince her to accept all he now offers—when he once destroyed everything she had?
I really enjoyed the stories of the MacCarrick brothers. Cole's heroines are spunky, and fun! In this story I didn't feel as "on the edge" as with Hugh's story. I felt Ethan's cruelty only in a few words spoken, but it wasn't in his actions. Just telling about his killing someone was not enough for me. I guess I like the suspense and the bloodsport. I expected more from Ethan, since so much was said about his reputation. I expected more from him.
I'm one of those that need to cry in order for me to say a story is good. This story did pull at my heartstrings. I was anxious and worried for Maddy when she contracted the cholera.I believed that she was going to die. I had to remind myself that these stories always have a happy ending. Ethan's running out of Maddy's building at La Maraise desperately trying to find her and not knowing where to turn was heartwrenching. However,going to La Maraise to recover Maddy was the perfect opportunity to showcase Ethan's fighting skills, but this story fell short of that. It was rushed and it seemed too easy for Ethan to find Maddy.
The scene when Ethan found her on a cot, bloody from her miscarriage, and weariness dragging her towards death... That's when I cried for them, especially for Ethan. How would he live with this? Without her?
I really enjoyed this story...I still prefer Hugh though.
IF You Deceive
I totally agreed with Tutu98, Who's review encouraged me to read this book; I was excited to get to the next chapter. I also loved "If You Dare" and "If You Desire"
An intense and beautiful love story steaming with passion! I couldn't put it down. A must read novel that promise to keep you glued to try to get to the next chapter.