McLayne’s second Sons of Gregor MacLeod historical (after Highland Promise), set in the 15th-century Scottish Highlands, is more skillfully plotted than the first. Amber MacPherson is desperate to escape the household of the MacPherson laird, Machar Murray, so she disguises herself as a boy and climbs over the castle wall. She has no idea that Laird Lachlan MacKay and his fellow warriors are preparing to breach the MacPherson castle, seeking vengeance for the killing of Lachlan’s brother. Seeing a “lad” coming over the wall, Lachlan captures him to keep him from alerting the MacPhersons of the impending attack—but Amber is quite happy to join forces with Lachlan and use her healing capabilities to assist those injured in battle. When Machar evades capture and disappears, Amber convinces Lachlan to take over the leadership of the MacPherson clan. After Lachlan discovers her real gender, expertly crafted sexual tension increases between the two, but the very outspoken Amber informs the marriage-wary Lachlan that she wants to be more than his latest romantic conquest. The mystery of how Machar got away propels this page-turner swiftly forward. (Feb.)
HE WAS LOOKING FOR VENGEANCE
Laird Lachlan MacKay never planned on leading his clan, but when his older brother was murdered, he was left with no choice. His vow to avenge his brother has led him to the MacPherson clanand their bewitching healer, Amber.
INSTEAD HE FOUND HER
Amber MacPherson is desperate. Dressed as a boy to escape her clan's treacherous leader, she runs right into Lachlanwho orders her detained. At first she causes him nothing but frustration, especially when she blackmails him into helping her clan. But when she's threatened by the same man who murdered his brother, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to keep her safeand by his side.
"Expertly crafted... [a] page-turner." - Publishers Weekly
"If McLayne hooked you with the first of her Sons of Gregor MacLeod series, then you'll be captivated by the humor, passion and adventure of this second volume. Entertaining from beginning to end, this tale of vengeance captures the essence of the era as well as the characters' emotions and the great sexual chemistry between them. For a fun read that sweeps you away with its wonderful storytelling, sit back and enjoy McLayne's latest." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"This book was so good! "Highland Conquest" is the second book in this rich historical romance series by Alyson McLayne. The author did a fabulous job of grabbing my attention and keeping me captivated until the end..." - Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick