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Library JournalThis collection of three novellas set in the Scottish Highlands during the 14th and the late 13th century is anchored by Joyce’s “The Warrior and the Rose.” Juliana MacDougall, her sister, and her nephews are kidnapped by family enemy Alasdair Og in retribution for actions taken by her brother. Within one night, she is helplessly attracted to Alasdair and sharing his bed. In Michelle Willingham’s “Rescued by the Highland Warrior,” the rather unlikable heroine is a recent widow whose sister-in-law will throw her and her young sister out if she is proven not to be bearing a child. She sets out to find the man she rejected in favor of her wealthy older husband and asks him to impregnate her. The best story of the three is Terri Brisbin’s “The Forbidden Highlander.” The year is 1370. Elizabeth MacLerie loves James Murray, who is engaged to her best friend Ciara. Ciara loves Tavis. All are doing their duty and marrying for honor and family gain. But Elizabeth is keeping a secret. These characters have more depth than those in the other stories, facing complex issues that must be dealt with before happily ever after ensues.
Verdict Though the trilogy is not a must-have, all the stories have a distinctly charming Highland flair. Brisbin’s tale is a cut above many similar novellas.—B. Allison Gray, Goleta Lib., CA
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