Revenge might be sweet, but love is far sweeter…
Following the Battle of Culloden, Alexander MacIvor returns to his ancestral home, Blackloch Castle, only to find the Earl of Tay, chief of the rival Clan Campbell, has laid waste to everything he holds dear. In the face of such devastation, Alex seems doomed to live the life of a fugitive Jacobite...until a stroke of good luck allows him to escape the Highlands and begin again.
Years later, styling himself as a wealthy Englishman, Alexander reclaims his forfeited estate, becoming the new Laird of Blackloch. But it's not nearly enough to quell his thirst for vengeance. Hell–bent on destroying Lord Tay, he single–mindedly sets about driving his nemesis to bankruptcy. When he learns the earl intends to marry the very beautiful English heiress, Miss Sarah Lambert, thus escaping penury, he devises a devious plan: kidnap Miss Lambert and ransom her to hasten Tay's ruin.
When Sarah Lambert learns Lord Tay is not the man she thought he was during a masquerade ball in Edinburgh, she is devastated. Reeling from her discovery, things go from bad to worse when a mysterious yet charming guest by the name of Alexander Black turns out to be a true devil in disguise. Abducted and whisked way into the wild Highlands by Black, Sarah is imprisoned in a remote, island–bound tower. Refusing to be a pawn in Black's diabolical plan for revenge, she determines that somehow, some way, she will regain her freedom. If only she could unlock Black's secrets...
Living in such close quarters, Alexander quickly discovers the spirited Sarah is more than a match for him, and even the best laid plans can go awry when passion flares and the spark of love threatens to revive his long–dead heart. When the shadows of the past begin to gather, will Alexander and Sarah find their way forward...or will the threatening darkness destroy them both?
About the Author
Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has worked as a speech pathologist for many years, but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling-writing romance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After the Battle of Culloden, Alexander MacIvor goes home. When he reaches it, he finds the Campbells have killed everyone and ruined anything they could touch. His Parents, sister, The clan and his fiancé at have been killed in the worse way. He wants revenge against Malcolm, Earl of Tay..He comes across some money takes it and sets himself up again. Then he comes back and he plans his revenge. Miss Sarah Lambert comes on the scene, eleven years after the initial brutality. Her father died and left her an heiress, and she promises on his deathbed, she would marry Malcolm. The characters are robust and alive. You can see the growth when you see how the way they act changes. The landscape is gorgeous, lush and green It is also hard to put down. I really loved it. I received this ARC and voluntarily reviewed it.
Amy Rose Bennett captures the essence of early 1700 Scotland in this story of revenge and deception that culminates in redemption of the heart. This is my favorite trope of the scarred hero, which in this case is from seeing everything Alexander MacIvor owned and those he loved taken away from him when he returned home from war to Blackloch Castle. Having been left with nothing, he recreates himself and gains back some wealth, while biding his time to ruin The Earl of Tay, chief of a rival clan who had rained down all the destruction and taken his home. Slowly, Alexander has Tay almost totally bankrupt. But he finds the rascal has engaged himself to a wealthy English heiress, Miss Sarah Lambert to save him from total penury. Alexander devises a plan and successfully kidnaps Sarah and holds her for ransom, taking her to a remote tower in the highlands so she cannot escape. Sarah begins to find out more about the Earl of Tay and his true nature but is determine to escape and return home. As she and Alexander spend time together, truths are discovered although secrets remain. Take the journey with these wonderful characters that come alive in the tale and find out what happens. You will love this story and it will go on my to be read again shelf. Cannot wait to read more by this author..