For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new, unforeseen enemy. In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces an unexpected threat; his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out amongst the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection.
He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.
Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian's mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.
Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.
Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira's secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?
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I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this one. I mean, I judge books on the cover and figured this was going to be a romance but I am happy to admit – I was wrong (not 100% wrong but wrong enough to be so glad I read this book.) I did not want this book to end. I want it to go on forever and I can only hope that book two in the series is a continuation of book one because I loved all the characters and want to follow their lives forever! While this was a romance, it was also action and suspense – sneakiness, lies, surprises. The setting and characters are from Scotland and I loved reading their accents. I fell in love with Ian the moment he appeared in the book and I fell more in love with him as the story continued and I learned more about him. Keira wasn’t your typical damsel. She was quite independent, fierce, brave, strong both mentally, emotionally, and verbally. I loved her and found myself rooting for her and her feisty self. I hated that this story ended because I wanted to follow their lives forever and really hope we continue their journey and see if there is any possible connect with Keira’s sister Alys and Ian’s brother Leland as it was mentioned many times that they would be a good fit. This was the type of read that you wanted to be a part of and live with them every step of the way. Definitely a highly recommended read – you won’t regret it!
Times are hard in Scotland, a civil war is going on over politics and religion. Also England and France have a big influence over what is happening in the Highlands. With all the civil unrest, people are becoming victims of circumstance and have to deal with conflicts they have no control over. One of those people is Keira Sinclair. Keira had a simple life but with her clan about to lose everything she is offered in an arranged marriage to a Laird of a neighboring clan. She has to leave the only home she has ever known but she goes along with it for the good of her family. In route to her new fiance she is taken captive by Ian McKay, a man with many secrets. Ian’s mission is to protect the Scottish crown and expose the clans who are involved in treason. As if the conflicts in Scotland weren’t complicated enough, both Keira and Ian start to become attracted to each other despite their clans being enemies. Now Keira is forced into having a bigger part of a conflict she doesn’t understand and Ian has to deal with his feelings for a woman who may be on the wrong side of his beliefs. Heart of the Highlands: The Beast by April Holthaus is a historical romance that doesn’t disappoint. I’m more into the historical then the romance but this book had a good mix of both. My favorite part of this book was Keira. In this story you see everything that Keira believes turned upside down. She quickly goes to being a naive girl who thinks she is doing what is best for her family to realizing that there was a lot about the world she didn’t understand. In what was the best scene of the book, she goes into a confessional to tell a priest all the events that have affected her clan in the years since her mother’s death. She tells the priest that her family has moved away from the Catholic church and she isn’t sure she believes in the Protestant Religion. She thinks the Priest is the only one she can trust but soon finds that even religious men aren’t always good. Nothing is clear-cut in the Scottish Highlands and everyone has their own agenda. Keira is then left with the decision as to what is right for her and figuring out who to trust. Ian is also an interesting character as we see him change from the brute he is in the beginning to who he becomes at the end. I also loved how we find out how the king of Scotland keeps an eye on his people. Heart Of The Highlands does have some slow parts, I felt some of the romance went on a little to long and the action sequences were not described very well. Also some of the language seemed a little out of place. That being said this book had more pluses than negatives. I loved the characters, and I liked the scenes where religion and politics of the time was discussed. The descriptions of the castles and the life of the people was an intriguing part of the story as well. Fans of historical romance will find a lot to love about this book. I’t’s well researched, a quick read and brings history to life, what more can you ask for?
Ian and Keira's story was an amazing adventure to read. Definitely worth reading.