Betrayed

Betrayed

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by Claire Robyns
     
 

Two Feuding Families

Amber Jardin has no taste for the bitter feud started before her father's banishment. But now that he's passed, she's had to return to Scotland and his barbaric people. After her bloodthirsty uncle kidnaps one of the family's rivals, Amber is in turn captured by Krayne Johnstone, the enemy laird. Despite their enmity,

Overview

Two Feuding Families

Amber Jardin has no taste for the bitter feud started before her father's banishment. But now that he's passed, she's had to return to Scotland and his barbaric people. After her bloodthirsty uncle kidnaps one of the family's rivals, Amber is in turn captured by Krayne Johnstone, the enemy laird. Despite their enmity, their attraction is immediate—and unfortunate, as Amber has sworn to escape.

One Lusty Temptation

Krayne is amazed at the wildcat's repeated attempts to flee. He should steel himself against her beguiling ways—yet with time, he is driven more witless with lust. When the ransom exchange fails and Krayne is left with Amber, he finds he cannot tolerate the thought of her with another man—and she cannot tolerate the thought of returning to her uncle's home.

Will passion and love win out over mistrust and betrayal in time to prevent an all-out war?

109,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426890314
Publisher:
Carina Press
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
178,152
File size:
891 KB

Meet the Author

Claire Robyns lives in Berkshire, England, where she divides her time between being a mother, wife, software developer, reader and writer—not necessarily in that order.



You can visit Claire at clairerobyns.com and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/clairerobyns.

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Betrayed 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at: www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com ***** As a fan of Scottish romance, I couldn't wait to read Betrayed. The blurb suggested there would be plenty of tension, plot twists and turns, and I was anxious to see how author Claire Robyns would weave her story. When Betrayed begins, you are introduced to the heroine, Amber Jardin. She arrived from England only to find herself in the middle of clan wars and discovers that her life is now irrevocably changed. When things go from bad to worse, and she seeks to intercept the one person who has provided her friendship before he comes to harm, she is taken by the gorgeous and intimidating Scot, Krayne Johnstone. It is his kin who is endangered by Amber's uncle, and he openly confesses that she will be used in an exchange to get him back. Yet things are not entirely as they seem. When Amber is forced to lie in an effort to gain her freedom, she unwittingly takes on the persona of a seductress. And Krayne, who is attracted to the wildcat female in ways he cannot deny, soon realizes he will do whatever it takes to keep her by his side. From the beginning, Betrayed takes you on an unpredictable journey. There are so many interwoven plots that come together, each of which seemed destined to tear our hero and heroine apart. To complicate matters further, Amber and Krayne lack trust in each other. Although understandable, their distance and unwillingness to listen creates a substantial barrier that requires even more doubt, lies, and deceit. As the story progresses, it's apparent that eventually everything will be revealed and the consequences will be dire. This is the catalyst that drives the reader to continue forward to learn exactly what happens next. While I did enjoy a majority of the story, I found myself putting it down on several occasions as some of the scenes seemed drawn out and Amber's heroics and escape attempts became redundant and predictable. Strong female protagonists are wonderful, but I couldn't help but question her motives and kept waiting for her rash and reckless decisions to land her into serious trouble versus the possible "threat" of it. Fortunately, Krayne was an exceptional hero and his character was one who ensured I kept coming back for more. His devotion to his people, as well as his gentle hand with Amber (who at times didn't deserve it), made me positively melt. He's definitely the kind of character I love reading about -- strong, intelligent, devoted -- and his growth over the course of the story was extremely well timed and presented. The writing itself is very well done and the attention to detail is excellent. The secondary characters are expertly developed, so that you learn about them as needed and the plot unfolds, and there are definitely a few unexpected surprises along the way. Betrayed is more than your average romance, with an intricate storyline that you have to follow carefully. While certain portions were slower than others, the overall pace for a novel of this length is steady from start to finish. Historical romance fans will enjoy Betrayed. There is romance, a multitude of thrills, and enough sexual chemistry and tension to keep you squirming in your seat.
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AAR More than 1 year ago
BETRAYED BY CLAIRE ROBYNS is a historical romance set in early Scotland. It is well written with depth and details. The plot is well written. The characters are well developed, easy to follow, easy to relate to, although our heroine, Amber needs to grow up sooner. She is still enchanting. It has a kidnapping, lust, passion, twists, turns, romance, secrets, suspense, loyalty, mistrust, betrayal, death and family feuds. The hero, Krayne, is strong, handsome, sexy,loyal, fearless, devoted, believes in his responsibilities and determined to keep Amber safe and under his protection. The heroine, Amber, is young, reckless, a wildcat, beautiful, strong willed, a seductress and determined to get into trouble. In the beginning Amber is kidnapped by Krayne in order to use her an exchange for his cousin, who Amber's uncle has captured. Amber's uncle is evil, deceitful, and has no love lost for his niece. Sparks fly between Krayne and Amber from the beginning although both try not to succumb to their desires. Krayne ends up married to Amber, and what follows is truly a test of love, faith and determination to survive. If you enjoy Scottish romance, adventure, with twists and turns abound you will surely enjoy this one. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys everything Scottish. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Carina Press and My Book Addiction and More.
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LieselSA More than 1 year ago
What a lovely debut book! We don't get enough books with the awesome Alpha Male lately, but Betrayed had a hero to die for. Set in the highlands (one of my favourite settings for historical romances), it has sparkling dialogue and great chemistry between Krayne and Amber. The characters had depth and the easy writing style adds to the fun in reading this book. Strongly recommended!