Bold and wild, Lady Isla Sutherland disguised herself as a lad to hone her gift of sword fighting. But when she is discovered and dragged to court, it is decreed she must wed at once. To gain time and a chance at finding love, Isla proposes a royal tourney—to the victor her richly-dowered hand in marriage—and the king agrees.
After constant raids, laird Callum MacIntyre’s small but prosperous clan is now on the brink of ruin. His only choice is duty; to set aside his private desires and secure an alliance with a powerful Highland family. Winning the week-long tourney would solve all his problems…if only he was a warrior not a scholar.
Squire Alastair Graham yearns for a wife and children, yet he cannot forget one torrid, forbidden night in his laird’s bed, unspoken of since. Alastair dreads losing his closest friend, but meeting the beautiful Isla is a revelation. She offers to train Callum in secret, and when sword lessons lead to scorching passion for the trio, both men know Isla is the unconventional woman of their dreams.
But the battle for her hand is fierce…and their enemies will do anything to win…
Lady Isla hasn’t been acting like a lady, and her parents want her wed. She and Lady Janet convince King James to host a tournament to choose her husband. Isla comes with a large dowry and an alliance with the Sutherlands, her family. The MacIntyre Clan is on the edge of ruin due to persistent raids. The tournament is an opportunity to replenish the clan’s coffers, so Callum and Alastair Graham, his squire, travel to Stirling Castle to take part.
This is an emotional and sexy story. There is already a strong attraction between Callum and Alastair. When Isla comes to help Callum with his sword skills, she is enthralled by the passion between them and is brought into the circle. In addition to the three main characters, the story is filled with strong characters. King James IV, Ladies Marjorie and Janet and Sir Lachlan Ross from the previous book are here along with Callum’s mother. There are a couple of dangerous characters to watch. An entertaining story, engaging characters, and an interesting happily ever after, a good read.