Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.
The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.
When Mairin Stuart is sought out by the evil Duncan Cameron, she fears for her life and her inheritance. Cameron means to force her to marry him and carry his child so he can get his hands on her land and dowry. Mairin and the little boy she protects, Crispin McCabe, escapes Cameron’s clutches and finds themselves amongst the McCabe clan. Mairin meets and marries Crispin’s father Ewan McCabe, but Cameron, the McCabe’s sworn enemy, will not give up on obtaining her lands so easily.
Mairin Stuart was quite the entertaining heroine. She is fiercely protective and staunchly loyal to her new family and clan. She has an uncanny way of winning over those who look on her with suspicion, and don’t think much of women in general. She is a champion for those smaller and weaker, and who otherwise would not have a voice. I loved her for Ewan, because though she infuriated him often, she seemed to bring out and enhance the best in him.
Ewan was a lovely hero. Dedicated to his clan and family, Ewan goes to great lengths to get and keep all that he deems belongs to him. He’s a great leader and Laird, and boy is his fury appealing when his enemy crosses him and threatens his wife.
The story of these two getting to know one another was charming. Mairin just wants to fit it and have something to call her own, while Ewan just wants to hold onto his sanity trying to adjust to his new wife and her antics. The story of them adjusting and working towards a mutual understanding is captivating and sweet. There is also a bit of action towards the end of the book which gives the reader some excitement.
Overall I loved the story, and was struck by the other McCabe brothers. I am definitely interested in Alaric’s and Caelen’s stories and will be reading those books in the future. If you’re into historical romance, this one is a sure fire go.
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