Highland Warrior: A Novel
By Monica McCarty
Arrogant, stubborn Caitrina Lamont is the darling of her father and brothers, and she is sure she will never meet a man worthy of marriage. This is not for a lack of suitors, as her beauty and station cause most men not to be driven off even by her very sharp tongue. Her father has pledged not to wed her to anyone without her consent, but he still has hopes that she will find someone to marry. To that end, he has volunteered to hold the annual Highland gathering at his castle. Caitrina, of course, is determined not to meet anyone she deems suitable. All that changes when she meets Jamie . . . who turns out to be a Campbell, the Lamonts’ despised enemies. Worse, he is THAT Campbell, the Henchman, the enforcer of Campbell policy.
For all that he is despised by the Lamonts as a killer, Jamie Campbell is in fact a gentleman and a true knight. And despite Caitrina’s sharp tongue indeed, perhaps because of it, he is very taken with the Lamont lass and becomes determined to wed her. All bets are off, though, when Jamie’s ruthless brother gallops in days after the end of the gathering in search of outlaws and murders all of Caitrina’s family for possibly harboring them. When he discovers what his brother has done, Jamie rides immediately to Caitrina’s aid. And he uses her utter ruin as a means to force her to wed him.
Though theirs is a wedding born not of love, soon Caitrina learns that there is more to this Campbell than she had originally seen. Eventually, she even learns to trust him. HIGHLAND WARRIOR is Scottish historical romance at its best, with strong, flawed, and very believable characters and a well-researched background. A treat to read!
Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com
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