With Cait Campbell hiding Scottish fugitives from the British crown, who should arrive wearing his English-style coat but Iain Campbell, the traitorous clan leader and the man responsible for her husband’s death. Iain seeks a healer for his fallen kinsman, and out of a sense of duty Cait is obliged to help. Her uncanny ability to read people is powerless against his dark, impassive gaze, yet Iain is kind in a way that moves her.
In Cait’s company, Iain is overcome by painful memories of his best friend, her husband, who died protecting him. But grief shows weakness—a luxury he cannot permit, because Iain is playing a dangerous game with the British army. One small misstep and he could be branded a traitor or executed as a spy. But even with political tensions mounting to a fever pitch, Iain can’t get Cait out of his mind. What he doesn’t know is that Cait is playing a deep and deadly game of her own, and their love could put everything—even Scotland itself—in peril.
Look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
The All the Queen’s Spies series: WED TO A SPY | BOUND TO A SPY
The Secrets & Seduction series: THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
The Highland Pride series: SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION
Praise for the novels of Sharon Cullen
“Fans who crave a bit of mystery mixed with their romantic historical fiction will be drawn to this story of love, loyalty, and honor.”—Library Journal, on Sutherland’s Secret
“Riveting . . . Intense romance and intriguing mystery make this a tale to be savored.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Reluctant Duchess
“This Regency romance has it all—danger, blackmail, passion, love, and characters that draw you in and leave you wanting more.”—Fresh Fiction, on Sebastian’s Lady Spy
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Border of Campbell and Sutherland Land
Cait Campbell stood outside her front door, hands folded calmly in front of her, but her heart was thundering as heavily and quickly as the hoofbeats pounding their way toward her.
Black Cat wound around Cait’s legs, peeking out from beneath the skirts to check the dark lane leading to the cottage.
Two horses were riding toward Cait as if the demons of hell were chasing them.
Luckily, Brice Sutherland had departed not a half hour ago, after leaving Scottish fugitives who were on the run from the English who were hunting them. They were now hiding under the floor of her cottage.
The horses rounded the turn, and her shoulders dipped in relief to see that the riders weren’t English redcoats. Highland warriors were bowed low over the necks of their straining mounts. One wore the kilt of the Campbell clan, his long dark hair flying behind him, the muted blue and green of his kilt flapping in the wind. The other . . .
Cait drew in a sharp breath and released an even sharper curse. The other wore a long leather coat that fluttered behind him, revealing buff breeches and a white shirt.
Iain Campbell, leader of her clan.
Cait squared her shoulders, clutched her fingers together, and tried to appear serene despite the fact that her heart was hammering.
The horses slid to a halt in front of her, tossing their heavy heads and snorting their displeasure.
Iain slid off his mount and tossed the reins over the saddle. Cait flicked a glance at his partner, who was pale as the moonlight, with a thin layer of sweat beading his brow as he labored to breathe.
Iain helped Adair Campbell, commander of the Campbell warriors and apparently injured, off the horse. “We need your help,” Iain said in the clipped tones that blended Lowland Scots and northern English.
Adair was leaning forward, his arm protecting his middle. She could see from the blood staining his shirt that he’d been either shot or stabbed.
She was reluctant to let these two into her home. It was well known that she was not a friend of the Campbell, and if he discovered the fugitives hiding under the floor, she would expose Sutherland’s secret underground movement to whisk the most wanted of Scotland’s fugitives out of the country, thereby putting her life in danger and ruining any chance of the fugitives escaping.
But what choice did she have? She was the local healer, and as such, her door was always open to those in need. It would seem churlish and raise suspicion to turn them away.
But dear Lord, why tonight? Why couldn’t Adair have gotten hurt tomorrow night, when her cottage would be empty?
“Follow me.” She turned on her heel, not bothering to wait and see if they obeyed. As she walked through her small sitting room, she quickly glanced to the corner. The shadows concealed the small padded chair that perched over the secret door leading to the steps beneath her cottage where seven Scotsmen, running from the blades of the English, were hiding. Eventually, if all went well, they would secretly board a ship to take them to Canada, a place safe from the brutality of the English, where they would have a second chance at life.
Campbell paused in the doorway, Adair’s arm draped over his shoulder. Dark, assessing eyes took in her small cottage. She turned her back to Iain and reached into a cabinet for supplies. Her house wasn’t as grand as the one she and John had lived in three years ago, when John was Campbell’s commander. Iain would be noting that for sure, and she steeled herself against the bitterness that swept through her. Not because she was living in a far humbler abode but because she was so much alone, her husband and daughter lying beside each other in cold graves.
She pushed away the wave of grief. It was always like this when she was forced to face Iain Campbell. The grief and anger returned, even though it had been four years since he had come to tell her that her husband was dead.
She flipped her hand toward one of two straight-backed chairs pushed up against her small kitchen table. “Put him there.”
There was much shuffling behind her and finally a grunt of pain as Adair dropped into the chair. He slumped forward, one arm still hugging his middle. Campbell stood behind him, bracing him with a hand on his shoulder.
“What happened?” she asked.
“We were attacked by rievers while patrolling the perimeter.”
Their gazes locked, memories bouncing between them. This scenario was all too familiar to the two of them, and Cait hated that. Different kitchen. Different house. Same basic scene.
Her husband, John, and Campbell had been out patrolling when they were attacked by enemies. Only John ended up dead.
She tore her gaze from Campbell’s. “Dagger, dirk, bayonet, or pistol ball?” she asked, ignoring the quaver in her voice.
Bloody hell. This would be no quick fix and might require that Adair stay the night.
She knelt in front of Adair. He was a big man. Muscular. A warrior. Just like her John and every Campbell commander before them. But Adair was dark to John’s light. He’d been promoted into the position after John’s death. She’d not had much contact with him because she had moved away from the big house occupied by Campbell.
Adair was looking at her with surprisingly bright blue eyes. His face had lost all color, and drops of sweat dotted his brow.
“Ye’ll have to pull yer arm away,” she said.
He gritted his teeth and moved his arm in slow, jerky movements.
Cait had seen a lot of wounds in her time as a healer. This was not one of the worst she’d seen, but neither was it minor. The midsection of his shirt was soaked in bright red blood, as was the arm that had been protecting the wound.
“I’ll need more light.” A lantern appeared at her side, and she lifted it to get a better look. “The shirt is stuck to the wound.”
She glanced up at Iain, who was watching her with dark, impenetrable eyes. His expression never revealed his thoughts, which was always disconcerting to her. John had said that he buried his emotions, but Cait wasn’t certain the man possessed any emotions.
“I’ll need water. Warm is best. There’s a ewer on the counter. Place it by the fire to warm it.”
To her surprise, the great clan leader immediately did as she instructed.
“We’ll need to move ye,” she said to Adair. “Ye’ll need to be lying down for this.”
Adair tried to rise but fell back on the chair with a groan. Cait shoved her shoulder under his arm, taking his hand and draping it across her back. “On the count of three, we’ll rise. One . . . two . . .” Adair tensed. “Three.”
She braced herself to take Adair’s full weight, rising slowly so as not to jar him. She got him standing, but he was swaying precariously, and she wasn’t certain she could keep him standing if he decided to fall.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such an amazing story ! This had a history lesson of the English and their take over of Scotland. Mainly it is an awakening of love . Two people who had kept their feelings bottled up because of tragedy in their past. I thorough enjoyed this story.
I loved Iain and Cait's story! Everyone thinks that Iain is a traitor to his country. What they don't know is that he is working with the English so that he can further the cause of Scotland. When Iain takes his injured right-hand man to Cait's for healing, she makes it clear that she wants nothing to do with him. But as he spends more and more time with her, he can't seem to fight his increasing attraction to her. Every time Cait see Iain, she is reminded of her dead husband, whom she dearly loved. She doesn't want him around her. She is also helping transport Scottish rebels and doesn't want Iain, with his English loyalties, to find out what she is doing. Like Iain though, the more time they spend together, the greater the attraction between them grows. Can these two get past their differences to find their HEA? This was a great addition to the Highland Pride story! I loved the bantering between Cait and Iain. I was laughing out loud throughout the story! I can't wait to see what Cullen has in store for us next.
Cait lost her husband and child and parents and her lover. She lost her grandparents disowned her when she married John as they didn’t agree to the marriage. Cait is terrified of forming any attachments and has no interaction with anyone but those she helps. Cait is the local healer but she heals both the English and Scottish. Iain lost his best friend John who was Cait’s husband and Iain is considered a traitor by most but he doesn’t care as long as he can help Scotland. Iain feels guilty over John’s death and stays away from Cait who lives in a cottage on the end of the Campbell property. But she also blames Iain for John’s death four years earlier. Cait also helps outlawed Scottish people who want to leave Scotland and go to Canada to live. Iain is both a Highland Chieftain and an English Lord. Iain is able to spy for Scotland. Then Cait is attacked and beaten by an English Soldier and when the soldier is found dead Iain is arrested for his murder. Iain was intrigues and attracted to Cait. Iain had slowly built feelings for Cait and her for him. I liked this story but it drags in places for me. But I basically enjoyed the story. I liked how Cait helped the people escape to Canada and i liked how Iain was really true to the country he really loved even if most everyone thought he was a traitor. Iain helped as much as he could by being a spy. I was glad to see Cait start to get over the losses she suffered in her life. This had a good plot and showed you some of the Scottish history that i found interesting. I don’t think this needed to be so long after Iain and Cait got together just felt like added stuff that really wasn’t needed. Especially since I have gone to Scotland. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend
Iain Campbell is trying to help Scotland survive the English intrusion into their country. As a result of his birthright, He is able to befriend the English. He gains their trust so he can help the Scottish clans, but in the Highlands, he's hated for being an English sympathizer. Cait Campbell blames him for the death of her husband. She's alone and bitter. She uses her skills as a healer to help those who need her. She, also, provides a safe house for fleeing Scottish refugees. Brice Sutherland is her contact. What will happen if Iain discovers her secret? This is a powerful story. I liked that the characters were strong and honorable. I was quickly pulled in by the attraction between Iain and Cait. Campbell's Redemption is a tale filled with loss and desperation. Will there be a HEA? Cait is feisty and won't let the men in her life rule her. Iain cares deeply for her but is conflicted by guilt over the death of her husband. I wasn't sure if they would be able to move past their heartbreak. The murders of the English soldiers put everyone in jeopardy. I couldn't put this book down. I needed answers. Sharon Cullen wrote a story that is fast-moving and intriguing. It is a wonderful addition to the Highland Pride series. I can't wait to see what happens next. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Wow! This is the 3rd book in the Highland Pride series and it may be the best. This series takes place following the English victory at the Battle of Culloden and each book can be read on its own. In the first 2 books, Iain Campbell was not likeable, though he did do some good things. He walks a fine line between the English soldiers and the Scots. Iain is chief of clan Campbell but also holds an English title. Most Scots think him an English sympathizer but he is more complicated than that. Cait Campbell is a widow and a healer. Her husband, John, was Iain's commander and murdered while patrolling his land. As John lay dying Iain promised to watch over her. Cait moved to a small cottage and treated anyone who came needing her help. She also hid Scots who Brice Sutherland helped get to Canada. When Iain learns of this he wants her to stop. Dealing with Iain brings back memories of her husband, but also helps her to move on as she acknowledges her feelings for Iain. She is beaten by an English soldier and thinks she killed him defending herself. When the body is discovered Iain takes the blame and is arrested. Cait goes to Brice and Colin MacLean to help him. The real killer confesses, so that Cait and Iain are safe. There is so much more to this story than the little I have written. I hope I've enticed you to read this as I do not like to write plot spoilers. This is a very good book with lots of things going on. If you like Scottish romance this is a great one for you to read.
1746. Scotland is in turmoil after the Battle of Culloden and savage treatment by British soldiers. Cait knows the pain, losing both her child and husband. She now lives by herself on the edge of Clan Campbell land; continuing her healing work. She doesn’t trust her clan's chieftain, Iain since he is known to be sympathetic to the British. Iain visits Cait's cottage with an injured clansman. Distrust and guilt turn into attraction... Captivating, suspenseful historical romance! Dialog, characters and history are interesting. Storyline had me turning the pages for more. Story was slow in spots, though worth reading! Book free for honest review from Netgalley and publisher.
I did not enjoy this book as much as the last of hers that I read. It moved slow for me. I really liked the characters and that was one of the things that kept me reading the book. I needed to see how it turned out for them. Cait Campbell lives on the edge of the Campbell's land as a healer. She's lived this solitary life after her husband John dies leaving her totally alone since her daughter death a year before. Iain Campbell, the Marquess of Kerr and clan leader has watched out for but stayed away from Cait because of the guilt he feels from John's death. When a clan member needs Cait's help she and Iain are thrown together and forced to deal with their feelings of guilt and anger and the powerful pull their hearts. But Iain secretly plays both side of the Scot's and the English in hopes of making life easier in Scotland. Things are getting worse in the area, someone's killing English soldiers and the violence is escalating. Accusations are flying and no one is safe. What has started between Iain and Cait may end before its barely started.
Third in the series, and I have enjoyed these stories. This story is about Cait, a widow with unresolved issues, and Iain, clan chief and the reason Cait is a widow. Cait has never faced the reasons for her need for solitude. She has a big heart though and puts herself in danger without thought. Iain is locked up in his own feelings until he really looks at Cait. These were troubled times in Scotland, and everyone had to be careful what they said and to whom. Cait and Iain risk their own lives for others and each other. I enjoyed how their love grew from their anger, and I highly recommend this story. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited, honest review.
Wow, amazing historical read. To say Cait has been through a lot is an understatement. Both Cait and Ian are amazing characters. The story is fast paced and emotional, I was hooked from beginning to end, you really feel as though you are taken back in time. I loved it.
Iain Campbell has been portrayed as a traitor to Scotland, and he has been ok with that role because it has allowed him to spy for Scotland and work from behind enemy lines to protect the Scotish way of life. Cait is a woman who has known one tragic loss after another and she lives on the very edge of Campbell land content to not be apart of life and all of its highs and lows. She has also done her part to fight for Scotland. When Campbell brings an injured man to her door, she can't turn them away, she is the local healer after all. But she hates Campbell and all he stands for. She blames him for her husband's death 4 years prior. But Iain refuses to leave, so she is stuck with allowing the Laird of Campbell to sleep in her barn where he witnesses Cait aid in smuggling refugees. He is intrigued by her. He is drawn to her, but he also feels guilty for her husband's death. She is also drawn to him more and more as time passes. She starts to see the man underneath the façade. Together they explore their attraction, protect the people on Campbell land, work against the English, and in the end learn that together love is possible and that she doesn't have to be afraid of taking that leap of faith and loving once more. But when she is attacked, and he takes the blame for a murder, will Cait's leap of faith fall flat even before they have a chance to live and love each other? Will she have to bury yet one more person she has grown to love? I enjoyed their adventure. It was passionate, emotional, they had some great heated arguments, and his strong desire to win her love and trust was beautiful to watch play out.
An adversarial love story that takes the reader through a devastating time in Scotland's history. The author puts together a story that shows multiple sides to history and how people were reacting after the British slaughtered many Scots at the Battle of Culloden. She weaves a subtle love story amongst the intrigue taking the reader into the lives of Cait and Ian Campbell as they both fight for what they believe is right and wrong for Scotland. Somewhere is all this messy war there slowly emerges the possibility that all is not what it seems and these two begin the slow process of personal healing. For me I was impacted on how stubborn personalities can lose so much time, love and family in order to be right. This book shows that healing due to a feud can come even after forty years but both have to take a step. That you can never judge a book by it's cover. And that sometimes when you least expect it you fall in love with the enemy. The author does a phenomenal job of expressing devastation, anger, loss, hope and love while keeping the story forward moving. It is well written and keeps the reader stuck to the pages till the very end. I give it 4 STARS and recommend it for those who love a little meatier story with their love. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Cait Campbell is a woman who has known loss. She lost her husband to a stray bullet, and her baby daughter from illness. Even her last lover died in a battle with the English. Now, all she wants to do is to live and rely on herself. She’s a healer and helps wayward Scots escape to Canada to avoid English persecution. When Iain, the clan chief who she believes is responsible for her husband’s death, arrives at her front door, she has to hide her feelings or she won’t be able to fight for what she believes in: Scotland. Iain Campbell is playing a deadly game. His meetings with English officials is to find information to thwart a total takeover of his beloved Scotland. When he drops in on Cait, he can’t fight the attraction he feels, and when he realizes her secret, he can’t fight the need to protect her with his own life. This historical romance was full of suspense and intrigue. I loved how Cait hid persecuted Scots and helped them escape to Canada. It reminded me of the Underground Railroad and how some African slaves were able to escape to the North. I believe that Iain played a more dangerous game, playing a sympathizer when in reality he was fighting against England’s treachery. I needed to find out what would happen next. I literally couldn’t put the book down. But, the romance between the main characters felt flat to me. I felt that the romance started rather fast, considering Cait’s misgivings. I didn’t feel that “spark” between them, and the sex scenes felt awkward, and had a slightly erotic tone I wasn’t expecting. An Advanced Reading Copy was received in exchange for an honest review.
Campbell is regarded as a traitor by some and beloved by others. He walks a thin line when dealing with the English. He holds English titles, but his heart belongs to Scotland. He is doing all he can to aid Scotland, but his fellow chiefs don't trust him. He feels that he is responsible for the death of Cait's husband. He promised to take care of her, but he finds it hard to be near her. Cait is a healer, but has moved far away from others so she can live her life in peace. She is also helping other Scots to escape to Canada. It is very dangerous for her to hide these people, but she feels she has nothing to lose. Can Cait let anyone else into her heart again? She has lost so much and doesn't think she could bear it again, but Campbell makes her want to believe that she could be happy again.
I’ve read my third book by this author and am still enthralled with her historical writing. In the aftermath of the horrific Culloden battle the English are still attempting to take over every piece of land and use their cruel laws to completely eradicate the clan system and do away with the Scots mode of dress and customs. The heroine in this story (a widow named Cait) assists in the hiding of Scots who are making their way to ships that will take them to Canada. This is a risky business for her and the people she is trying to help as the English are always out looking for Scots to jail or kill. In the meanwhile the Scots hate the English and are always causing them trouble which makes the escape route even more dangerous. The heroine (Iain, the Campbell laird) learns of Cait’s help with the runaways at her cottage on Campbell land and asks her to desist from her dangerous activities, but she won’t. But along the way of their constant meetings they fall in love and their tangled web of deceit and love makes for a very exciting and interesting story indeed. A complimentary copy of this book was received from NetGalley.
This was so much fun! I loved learning about the story behind The Campbell, I just knew he couldn't possibly be as bad as he seemed from the other stories. Add a second chance at love story and this will melt your heart!