"Paula Quinn captures the heart of the Highlands" (Monica McCarty, New York Times bestselling author) in this sweeping, epic romance, perfect for fans of Outlander.
This Highlander will risk everything to find his daughter . . . Lachlan MacKenzie has nothing left to lose since his wife and daughter were killed. But when a shadowy figure reveals his little girl might still be alive, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to find her -- even abduct a lass from the MacGregor clan for an exchange. Being caught would mean certain death. But the laird of the Black Isle won't let anything -- or anyone -- interfere with his mission . . . not even his beautiful, stubborn captive.
Even his heart All Mailie MacGregor wants is to return home to her family. And the Highland beast who captured her can go to the devil. Her plan: to thwart him at any cost and win her freedom. But she never expected to be so drawn to the fierce warrior and the desire in his eyes.
Continuing her exploration of the MacGregor clan's romantic escapades (after The Scot's Bride), Quinn dusts off the tired fall-in-love-with-my-kidnapper trope to unite a plucky, likable Highland lass with a scarred and brooding laird. Laird Lachlan MacKenzie, the Earl of Cromartie, lives alone in his castle on Black Isle in 1712 Scotland, shattered by the murders of his wife and daughter. He provides for his people but takes no interest in village life. When he learns that his daughter may still be alive, he will do anything for information about her even kidnap Mailie MacGregor on behalf of a rival earl, whose marriage proposals Mailie has repeatedly turned down. But Mailie and her dog win Lachlan's heart, and instead of turning her over to the other earl he keeps her on Black Isle. Her can-do attitude and maternal instincts help heal the household as she convinces Lachlan to adopt orphaned children while seeking his own child. Series fans know the MacGregor kin won't allow Mailie to disappear without objection, and familiar faces make ample appearances. This is a predictable but acceptable Highlander romance.