She took his heart. Will she take his name?
A mercenary with a conscience, Alexander MacCoinnich fights for those he deems worthy of his skills and able to pay his price. His services sometimes provoke accusations of rebel and traitor and take him across countries and kingdoms. With no home of his own, this life suits him. At least... until now. Now Alexander must choose: remain a soldier for hire or retire his warring ways to save the woman who risked everything to save him.
Catriona Neal has been the lady of Clan Neal's keep since her mother's dying request left her striving to keep a promise. The promise she gave to shield the clan from the cruel ways of her father the chieftain. Over the years, aided by her father's failing health, Catriona manipulated her sire's commands for the good of all. She's been faithful to the oath she gave her mother. But that oath came with great sacrifice. Catriona can never marry. No man would accept a life with her since she can never escape her self-imposed prison—not even when her father dies. The next chieftain, her brother, is so sadistic that the vile deeds of her father pale in comparison. Somehow, she must continue protecting her clan.
Alexander could be the answer to Catriona's prayers, or the brutal end to all she's promised to protect. Catriona must decide—will she risk the wrath of the king and abandon her clan for love or deny her heart and forever mourn what might have been?
About the Author
"No one has the power to shatter your dreams unless you give it to them." That's Maeve Greyson's mantra. She and her hubby of almost forty years traveled around the world while in the U.S. Air Force. Now she's settled in rural Kentucky where she writes about her beloved Highlanders and the fearless women who tame them.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alexander MacCoinnich’s clan was mostly wiped out due to sickness he’s be forced by circumstances to become mercenary along with is three brothers, his best friend, and two cousins. Alex and his brother Graham are badly injured in the deadly Glencoe Massacre and they’re all forced to escape and flee to some caves to escape discovery. They are found wounded and half dead from the winter weather and taken to Clan Neal. Clan Neal’s futures is looking very bleak indeed the Laird is ill, but he’s a brutish laird and his oldest son set to inherit is even more sadistic than his father. Catriona Neal has been the lady of Clan Neal's keep since her mother's dying request left her striving to keep a promise and she’s been protecting the clan as best she can ever since. Catriona nurses Alexander back to health, she wonders what it would be like to have such a husband to take of her clan, but she knows she can never leave Clan Neal after her deathbed promise to her mother, but is Alexander their salvation. Alex sees and realizes how her dire situation is and it definitely arouses Alex's protectiveness and makes him determined to help her any way he can. What Catriona and the Clan need is a strong leader, a man with compassion, a proven warrior to protect them all, and to lead them. Alex and Catriona grow closer it becomes clear something must be done about her brother and his sadistic ways. A great story filled with betrayal, loyalty, rugged highlanders and a romance filled with fiery passion. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.
Truly a great story, delightful and entertaining. The tale takes place in the Scottish Highlands during a time in history when a great upheaval was beginning for the highland clans. Catriona and Alexander’s adventure, their thoughts and emotions were described in a detail that made them come alive. Once I started reading, I didn’t want the adventure to end. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I must say this story is very worthy of a solid 5 star rating! I loved this story from start to finish and there was definitely not a dull moment. Alexander MacCoinnich, whose clan was mostly wiped out due to sickness, is now a hired mercenary, along with his brothers, best friend and 2 cousins. After a skirmish, he and one of his brothers gets badly hurt and while they are all hiding in a cave, they get rescued and brought to the Clan Neal's keep. Alexander is at death's door with all his injuries but is saved by the lady of the keep, Catriona Neal. Catriona is a very strong and stubborn miss but is at the mercy of her evil father and sadistic twin brother. All she wants to do is protect her clan from their evilness, which is not always easy! As she cares for Alexander, a tender connection is made but she fears nothing can come of it because she had made a promise to her mother on her deathbed that she would never abandon the clan. As for Alexander, he has nothing to offer her.....but love always has a way to make things work out:) What follows is quite the adventure and I thought the whole story was very well written. Catriona and Alexander are so perfect for each other!! Now I look forward to Graham's story.... I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.