Welcome to my stop for Black Raven’s Lady, book 3 in the Highland Laird’s historical romance trilogy from Kathleen Harrington. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could be the winner of a $25.00 eGift Card to Book Seller of Choice, sponsored by Avon Books to celebrate the release of Black Raven’s Lady.
OH how I love my Scottish historicals: even better if they are set further back in time. This sixteenth century romance from Kathleen Harrington ticked all the boxes and was a fun, action-packed read.
Scotland at the time was a mass of warring clans and struggles for supremacy, and this story takes place mostly on the water surrounding the remote Hebrides Islands. (To this day, these islands are not tourist meccas or heavily populated). I had not read the earlier titles in this series, and while it wasn’t difficult to grasp the story or set characters into place, I do think readers will benefit from reading all of this series in order.
In this book, Laird Kier MacNeil is captain of his ship the Black Raven. Known as a fearsome and ruthless captain and warrior, he has his own plans and watching out for the young woman, no matter how beguiling, who hopped aboard his ship really isn’t high on his to do list. Fortunately for us, and for Raine, Kier is honorable and does plan to do the right thing by her, and keep her safe throughout the time it takes to conduct his own business before returning her to her family.
Raine is headstrong, occasionally thoughtless and heedless of the dangers of stowing away on a ship, no matter her intentions or desire for answers. Far from knowing or understanding the dangers she could face, Raine’s time on board seemed to push all of Kier’s buttons – intentionally and not so, and their interactions were wonderfully detailed and amusing. We do get a solid sense of their growing attraction as Harrington insets interior monologues and points of view from each to help us solidify the connection, and the romance does build slowly and with care.
Plenty of action, battles and chances to meet several secondary characters added depth and fullness to setting, action and tension, and the flavor of Scotland was maintained with small phrases and dialect that filled out the picture.
If you like kilted alpha men and not-so-distressed damsels, this is a great story for you – and I can only believe it would be better to retreat with the complete trilogy and start from the beginning. Harrington has a smooth writing style where each new element builds on to or establishes a start point that makes characters, settings and interactions richer and easier to visualize. It was not at all difficult to picture the characters, the setting or the action: and the time flew past as I read.
Title: Black Raven’s Lady
Author: Kathleen Harrington
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon, Impulse
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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This exciting conclusion to the popular Highland Lairds Trilogy features a runaway lass and the laird who will do anything to protect her.
Feisty Lady Raine Cameron has been surrounded her whole life by gossip claiming she is not her father's daughter. Determined to find her true heritage, the dark-haired beauty boards the Black Raven under false pretenses in search of the man who she believes is her father, a man who is also a traitor to Scotland. Only the Black Raven himself stands in her way…
Laird Keir MacNeil has a reputation for being a ruthless and powerful ship captain. On a mission to apprehend Scotland's most wanted traitor, he never expected to see Raine on his ship. Keir vows to keep Raine out of harm's way and return her to her family untarnished. But as his lust for her grows, he must choose between honor and the woman he never expected to desire.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.