Love is worth any risk in this seductive finale of USA Today Bestselling Author Gayle Callen’s Highland Wedding series…
The last thing clan chief Duncan Carlyle expects to encounter in the rain-soaked highlands was Catriona Duff, daughter of the corrupt earl responsible for the price on his head. Yet Duncan finds himself sheltering the beauty who claims to have lost her memory. Catriona could be the key to stopping her father, but only if Duncan can keep her identity—and his dangerously powerful desire—to himself.
Duncan may have rescued Catriona, but the gruff outlaw clearly doesn’t trust her. She’s moved by his mission to rescue kidnapped children, but hiding in a network of caves means living in close quarters with everyone—including Duncan. And even as Catriona struggles to remember her past, the present draws her ever closer to this enigmatic man…and to the secret that could change everything.
a gripping story that dropped tidbits of actual history into the plot allowed a sense of place and
Duncan is a serious, honorable and stern man with a plan when he discovers the daughter of his enemy, fainted in front of his horse. When Catriona awakes, she claims no knowledge of her history or her father. He cannot leave her to fend for herself in the rough country, but her presence could endanger those he loves and cares for – BUT, stuck between a rock and a hard place, he takes her in for careful observation, never letting on his true identity or why he is bent on helping her.
Cat isn’t really evil, but she’s always been wanting something more than the life she had. Now with a fresh start, an attraction to Duncan that she can’t deny, and a cautious but honest friendship developing between she and his people, it’s hard not to like her. And Duncan doesn’t miss that flare of attraction between them, but his own position is a precarious one, and the tentative friendship between he and Cat is based in lies: he lied as to his identity, he’s lied about his background and his knowledge of her identity.
Though Duncan lied, and from the reveal of his backstory, we not only learn the reasons he believes it necessary and right, but see that this is a man who tried always to be honorable and live up to the trust bestowed on him by his clan, and the degradation of the clans really becomes the sole reason he’s living in a cave, away from civilization. But perhaps Cat can be the one to help him heal, bring some closure to some of the issues, if she’s still about after he decides that trusting her and giving her the truth, to make her own decisions is the best option. Heat, heart, honor and a gripping story that dropped tidbits of actual history into the plot allowed a sense of place and time, while not distracting from the overall. Having read the first in this series, this book fits right in, providing another series for fans of historic and highland romance to enjoy.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.