Donal MacNabb is loyal to his adopted Lathan clan, yet he resents being a pawn in their treaty negotiations with the struggling MacKyries. The MacKyrie clan needs his skills as an arms master, but its Laird is bartering for more than Donal is prepared to give.Ellie MacKyrie knows the Lathan treaty will help protect her clan from the neighbor determined to seize her holdings any way he can–including forcing her into marriage. But she has another reason to want the Lathan alliance. She has Seen the stubborn Donal MacNabb reaching for her in her dreams.
While Donal fights to save a clan in trouble, his desire for the MacKyrie Seer wars with his obligation to his Laird. Before she is forced into a marriage that will destroy her clan, Ellie must find the heart behind Donal’s gruff exterior and convince him he is the man of her dreams.
Review: I love Highland romances. There is something magical about a Highlander and about Scotland that I just can’t seem to deny. So when this book was put before, I was excited. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations.
The story starts out with Donal and a group of men from the Lathan clan come across a group being attacked. When they decided to accompany them home, they are surprised to find out that the Laird of the MacKyries is a woman, Ellie. Her clan is in trouble from a ruthless neighbor who won’t give up until Ellie is his wife and her lands and whiskey business belongs to him. Ellie has been having dreams of Donal and she is sure that he is the one she was meant to be with and does everything possible to convince him of it.
There were a few issues for me.
The characters didn’t have any chemistry. I believe both Donal and Ellie are strong and passionate but that didn’t seem to come across. Donal is instantly attracted to Ellie but wants to be a gentleman. Ellie is a woman who knows what she wants (and that is Donal) and she doesn’t let up. Even with all of that, their romance doesn’t seem to really come together. In fact, Ellie almost comes across as desperate. She constantly throws herself at Donal and he is constantly pushing her aside for one reason or another. When they eventually come together, it’s sweet but it doesn’t have the punch I craved.
There were definitely parts of the story that seemed to want to play a bigger role then they actually did. The author spent a lot of time on the whiskey, how it was made, etc but I wished she had spent that much time on the characters and really developing people who we fell in love with.
It was refreshing to have a woman as the leader. She was determined to save her people and the whiskey business they rely on. Usually in a historical romance, the women characters don’t play the leadership role. So that was nice.
Maybe if I had read the first book in this series, it would have been more enjoyable? I don’t know. I really wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, it just never came together for me.