This was my first Paula Quinn novel and impressed would be an understatement. I probably should have reviewed this right after I read it but as it is, this will be short and sweet.
Kate Campbell is not only beautiful but can handle a sword better than some men. Though her guardian was Duncan Campbell Earl of Argyll, she lived at her late fathers holding being raised by a handful of his loyal soldiers. Her "dear" uncle had always promised Kate and her brother a home on his land but that day did not come for Kate until she was much older (Robert was away on duty with the Earl). She'd noticed how he gazed upon her with lustful eyes. Luckily for Kate, she never left her holding with the man but she did leave with a MAN.
Callum MacGregor is a honorable and full of revenge against the man who destroyed his family, Duncan Campbell. He comes upon a raid of the Campbell's with one intention: find Duncan! Though they are sworn enemies, he does not want their demise to come from anyone but him. Then his men discover what appears to be a lass fighting for her life. Callum and his men assist The Campbells and their prize is Kate Campbell. What better way to lure the Earl out? What he didn't count on was a beautiful, spirited lass who just might have the key to unlock his heart.
But to release his heart would betray not only his kinsmen but his honor.
Callum's story is so sad. I do believe I cried a few times just reading the sorrows that he and his sister Maggie went through. You come to understand his need for revenge. On a positive note, he is a dark handsome hero who will make your heart melt. Secondary characters make this even more alluring. Graham Grant (Callum's right hand man), Maggie (Callum's sister) Angus, Jamie, Brodie (Callum's other soldiers) and Robert (Kate's brother) all make excellent secondary characters! Angus and Brodie's constant bickering will make you laugh out loud.
Paula Quinn's knack for detail made me feel like I was in the Highlands with Callum, Kate & gang. Excellent character development and plot will pull the reader in and before long you'll be done in one night looking for the sequel, A Highlander Never Surrenders which is about the sexy Graham Grant. Highly recommended and one of my favorites.
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