Even with her gift of the Sight, never had Elspeth Stewart imagined her wedding would be interrupted by a darkhaired stranger charging in on a black stallion, scooping her into his arms, and carrying her off across the wild Scottish highlands. With two clans against them burning for battle, they must find a way to join together–body, breath, and soul. Or both will be made to pay for the Sins of the Highlander.
Connie Mason has always been a wonderful storyteller and her collaboration with Mia Marlowe is definitely a success! The plot of a bride's abduction at the altar is not very original but nonetheless they were able to write a very entertaining and intriguing story from start to finish.
Elspeth Stewart is snatched from the church during her wedding by "Mad Rob" MacLaren who wants to take revenge on Lachlan Drummond, her intended. We discover later that Lachlan is responsible for his wife's tragic death and there is even more to it. The abduction briskly happens under everyone's noses and is only the beginning of a long, arduous and very exciting chase.
There is a wealth of details during this tumultuous journey that gives this novel tremendous depth and quality. The attack on Elspeth and Rob by a pack of howling wolves is quite gripping and very realistic. Along the road we discover dark, damp, and forgotten caves. We cross forests, lochs, and at one time we even meet a witch, who is more of a healer. But this is not the end, far from it, there are many more twists and turns to come...
The two main characters are very appealing and they vigorously fight their attraction at first. The poor innocent Elspeth doesn't know what is happening to her. She should hate him, not react to him in such a strange and unusual way. She is so angry and humiliated. The fact that she has The Sight doesn't seem to help her much when she needs it most.
Rob is tormented by guilt and regrets. He was not there to protect his lovely wife and he just cannot forgive himself. He wants revenge and at the beginning of the book Elspeth is just a means to an end.
Most of the action takes place on the road and it's a very good idea. It gives the two main characters an opportunity to get to know and understand each other even if they don't want to. There is a lot of tension and emotions caused by this explosive situation. Little by little they open themselves to each other and in the process they have to listen to their hearts. Only then will they be able to decide what kind of life they want to live.
You cannot but be caught up by the nonstop action and you only want to know what will happen next!
It was a very good read. I give it a 5/5.
Expected Publishing Date: Jan. 01, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review Courtesy Of: NetGalley
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