Scottish Highlands, 1334: The McKenna clan flourishes under a family of warriors, fierce and righteous, faithful to their own until the last. But to produce an heir, the widowed eldest son must risk his heart again . . .
Lady Joan Armstrong Fraser was once the indulged and pampered daughter of a laird. But marriage to a brute changed her. When he sets her aside, she has only her wits and her beauty to protect herself and her child from the chaos of her former home. She will have to find another husband—a man whose strength is more than a weapon against the weak. A man she can trust . . . if such a man even breathes.
Sir Malcolm McKenna has known Lady Joan since her childhood, a spoiled princess as dangerous as she is lovely. But when she steps forward to protect him against a false accusation, he discovers a character stronger than he guessed—and an attraction he yearns to explore . . .
Praise for Adrienne Basso’s The Highlander Who Loved Me
“In this sensitive, compassionate romance that will touch those who savor second-chance romances, Basso showcases love’s power to erase the horrors of the past.” —RT Book Reviews
Good-hearted and perfidious men are at the center of Basso's enjoyable second romance featuring the Armstrongs and McKennas (after The Highlander Who Loved Me). Building a lively, convincing world of 14th-century Scottish Highland culture, Basso ratchets up the dramatic tension with friction between different clans. Strong-willed, sharp-tongued Lady Joan Armstrong has escaped an abusive marriage with her young son, only to find herself unwanted in the house of her father, Laird Armstrong. The laird is asked to be an impartial arbiter of justice after the McPhersons accuse Sir Malcolm McKenna of seducing, impregnating, and abandoning Brienne McPherson; meanwhile, he allows Joan's former husband, Archibald Fraser, to return and torment her. Malcolm, seeking to prove his innocence, unexpectedly finds himself falling for Joan, whom he has long considered "prickly and often disagreeable" and who is understandably skittish about men. As Malcolm and Joan gradually come to see each other as compassionate allies and trusted friends, the growing passion between them heals old wounds. This heartwarming, satisfying historical lays intriguing groundwork for the series' next installment.