Gayle Callen is on the blog today with the most recent installment in her Highland Weddings series. Please read on for my review and excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the story, and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where two winners will receive print copies of THE WRONG BRIDE and THE GROOM WORE PLAID, Books 1 & 2 in the Highland Wedding Series (US Only)
Love with a Scottish Outlaw
Duncan is a serious, honorable and stern man with a plan when he discovers the daughter of his enemy, fainted in front of his horse. When Catriona awakes, she claims no knowledge of her history or her father. He cannot leave her to fend for herself in the rough country, but her presence could endanger those he loves and cares for – BUT, stuck between a rock and a hard place, he takes her in for careful observation, never letting on his true identity or why he is bent on helping her.
Cat isn’t really evil, but she’s always been wanting something more than the life she had. Now with a fresh start, an attraction to Duncan that she can’t deny, and a cautious but honest friendship developing between she and his people, it’s hard not to like her. And Duncan doesn’t miss that flare of attraction between them, but his own position is a precarious one, and the tentative friendship between he and Cat is based in lies: he lied as to his identity, he’s lied about his background and his knowledge of her identity.
Though Duncan lied, and from the reveal of his backstory, we not only learn the reasons he believes it necessary and right, but see that this is a man who tried always to be honorable and live up to the trust bestowed on him by his clan, and the degradation of the clans really becomes the sole reason he’s living in a cave, away from civilization. But perhaps Cat can be the one to help him heal, bring some closure to some of the issues, if she’s still about after he decides that trusting her and giving her the truth, to make her own decisions is the best option. Heat, heart, honor and a gripping story that dropped tidbits of actual history into the plot allowed a sense of place and time, while not distracting from the overall. Having read the first in this series, this book fits right in, providing another series for fans of historic and highland romance to enjoy.
Title: Love With a Scottish Outlaw
Author: Gayle Callen
Series: Highland Weddings #3
Also in this series: The Wrong Bride, Highland Spitfire
Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish Clans, Setting: Scotland
Published by: Avon
Published on: 27 June, 2017
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Catriona Duff can’t remember who she is. Discovered in the midst of a raging thunderstorm, she has no recollection of how she came to be there or how the guards around her ended up dead. She certainly doesn’t remember that the handsome Highlander who saves her is her family’s sworn enemy. All she does know? She’s starting to fall in love with him.
Duncan Carlyle couldn’t believe his luck when he found Catriona, the daughter of the man who made him an outlaw and forced him from his ancestral home, stranded on the road with nothing to her name--including her memory. Speaking out against Aberfoyle’s evil practices of stealing poor and orphaned children to sell to the highest bidder has cost him everything, but now he has the opportunity to make the man understand the true price of a missing child. But as Duncan begins to know Cat, guilt over his actions wars with his irrepressible desire for her.
When Cat discovers the truth of her identity, she decides she can teach the outlawed clan chief a lesson, but in love, there’s more than one way to win.
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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.