Children of the Mist, Book 2
From the publisher:
If Juliana Caldwell said the sky was blue, Rory MacGregor would tell her it was gray with a storm due any minute. No man gets under her skin more than the arrogantly handsome Scot. When she is abducted by a rival clan, Rory is the last person she expects or wants to call her hero.
Rory is the best tracker the MacGregors have, so when his brother’s sister-by-marriage goes missing, he’s ordered to find her. But binding himself to the fiery English redhead with an opinion about everything is not how he saw this rescue going. To save her from the clutches of the villainous Cameron laird’s son, though, he must declare them handfasted.
When their escape goes horribly awry, Juliana and Rory are forced to take the long way home. Surviving blizzard conditions, meddling clanspeople, and a near-fatal ambush on the trail, nothing compares to the unexpected and unlikely passion that ignites between the rugged Highlander and his English warrior princess.
Each book in the Children of the Mist series is STANDALONE:
* Highland Renegade
* Highland Hero
Juliana was a wonderful heroine, feisty and strong. There is a warning at the beginning of this book that it deals with rape, and I have to say I found the way it was handled was with compassion and empathy. Nonetheless, I’m sure it is a trigger for some people and if that’s you, find another book.
Rory is determined to find his new sister-in-law, despite how they butt heads constantly. She’s been kidnapped by Neal, who’s in a rival clan, and he has a terrible reputation for cruelty, especially towards women. But the law in Scotland says he can force her to marry him if he so chooses, and he does.
Rory finds Juliana but the only way to convince Neal to let her go is by saying she is handfasted to him. Handfasting is sort of an engagement, except with all the rights and privileges of marriage. The only difference is that after a year has passed, they can end the relationship without a divorce or any kind of trouble. She agrees, and they make their escape. But Neal quickly learns he’s been duped, and he vows to get his bride back.
Meanwhile, Juliana comes to rely on Rory as they make their way home through blizzard conditions. And Rory can’t help but admire the strength Juliana exhibits, especially as she’s English, not Scottish. But when he kisses her, he can’t help but notice her reaction is one of fear, and he knows something is wrong there. He is so careful of her feelings and I just loved the way he treated her.
I really enjoyed this romance, and while there wasn’t a lot of sex what there was is pretty graphic so if you don’t like that, find another book. I liked these characters and their story, and I am always a sucker for anything Scotland.
6/2021 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
HIGHLAND HERO by Cynthia Breeding. Entangled: Amara (June 14, 2021). ASIN : B094GSXWNF. 264 pages.
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