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Highland Destiny Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2011
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About the Author
Hannah Howell's first book was published in 1988, and she has since published dozens of captivating romance novels, sometimes under the pseudonym Anna Jennet. She is widely admired for her breathtaking Scottish and English historical romance novels, such as the recent Highland Conqueror. Her website is www.hannahhowell.com.
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So you have headstrong Maldie who has sworn a blood oath to her dying mother to avenge her in death for the man she see’s as responsible for how her life turned out. Scorned lover turned very bitter, Maldie’s mother wants nothing more than for her daughter to kill her own father, Beaton of Dubblinn, for all she see’s as his wrong doings. On Maldie’s journey to Dubblinn she comes across a battle taking place. With this she see’s a way to get closer to her goal, the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all. When she steps out in their path and helps a wounded man his brother, laird of Doncoill Sir Balfour Murray, asks her, or rather insists, that she come with them. With one look at Balfour Maldie knows he could be trouble for her, or more precisely her heart. She can feel his lust for her but instead of being unaffected, as she has in the past with others, she feels herself being drawn to him.
Balfour Murray’s youngest brother Eric has been taken hostage by Beaton of Dubblinn and he will do anything to get him back. After going straight into a battle, which is quickly lost, he needs to think of a better plan to get to him back. After Maldie steps out in front of him though his thoughts are fighting to stay on the course set before him. The more he looks the more he wants and right now the only thing he wants is Maldie in his bed.
The longer that Maldie stays at Doncoill the harder it is to deny her feelings towards Balfour. After just a few kisses she feels herself succumb to him. She is lost without his touch but the further their passion takes them the harder it is for Maldie to keep the truth of her identity a secret. She fears that she will be cast aside as a spy and loose Balfour for good. With the battle looming ahead she must find a way to help get Balfour’s brother Eric out of Dubblinn without getting herself caught in the crossfire.
The more you read about these characters the more you are drawn into their world. Maldie is a very self-sufficient woman who doesn’t take kindly to being falsely accused of things and Balfour is a very cautious man with who he trusts (he doe not take kindly to being lied to). They must find a balance to be able to overcome what is to follow or it will only break them apart.
I have loved all the Murray books I have read and will definitely continue with the series – I might even try the order that they are written in!
I received this ARC from Net Galley for my honest review.
Toward the end of the book, after all the dust had settled, Balfour, Nigel and Eric (the brothers three), two of whom were in love with Maldie, simply allowed her to leave their home and walk - yes, walk away without any escort, guide or protection to the Kirkaldy Clan. Maldie didn't have anywhere to go and not feeling accepted by Balfour, decided she would search out the Kirkaldy clan - Maldie's mother's family - people she had never met. She didn't have a lot of options, so decided to go there to see if she could find a home with her mother's people.
So, I ask you? What was Nigel thinking when he allowed Maldie, the woman he was supposedly in love with (although he knew he didn't stand a chance with her) leave without at least offering her an escort - even encouraged her to leave. Worse yet, Balfour, who had taken Maldie's virginity and had regularly slept with her and who was also madly in love with her, waited one long month before going after Maldie because he was so torn up over the fact, she had attempted to kill her own cruel, devil, torturing, rapist, father, Beaton. Poor little Balfour and his insecurities. I never could comprehend the ending at all. Of course they finally get together. Ugh! Maldie should have made him crawl.
Good story, worth reading. 4/5
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