Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
The Scottish Highlands in 1296 was a time of upcoming war with those who backed the English throne and those who wanted to fight for Scotland. It was during these pressing times that Deirdre MaCoinneach the Lairds daughter lost her second husband after their wedding night. This time she found herself a widow but a widow with a baby growing in her belly. Her father is once again ready to get her married off so that the new groom will believe the baby she carries is his and he would also become the new Laird when the time came since Deirdre is the eldest child.
It was while swimming that Deirdre met Alasdair a man on a mission and a man using the name Aleck Stirrat. Aleck is travelling to Uist for the purpose of trading but that is definitely not his purpose for the trip. He has secret documents to help in building a navy to fight for Scotland. Aleck finds himself at the castle acting as a nobleman and catching Deirdre’s dad’s eye as her new husband.
Deirdre has a gift it is a gift of sensing someone’s lifeblood and emotions but with Aleck she only feels his lifeblood his emotions are blocked from her. Although Deirdre’s dad approached Aleck on arranging his marriage to Deirdre he knows that he cannot get himself tied down until his mission is complete in spite of the fact that he is very drawn to her. Deirdre on the other hand has had visions of a man from the wood and Aleck is definitely that man.
Anxious to go to Uist to find her mother’s family and gain answers as to her gift she tags along with Aleck even though she is convinced he is keeping secrets and that he is interested in marrying her to gain land and power. Aleck knows about her past two husbands and it was one of the housekeepers who warned him that before taking Deirdre to bed he must kiss her one hundred times or die. She warned the previous two husbands who just took her ramblings as superstious nonsense from an old woman and they didn’t live long enough to regret not listening to her.
The trip to Uist is filled with danger and no one is aware of the fact that Aleck is being chased by Baron Montgomerie who knows about his mission and wants to see him dead. The Baron is a traitor to Scotland and a deadly enemy. The one good thing that comes of the trip is love that begins to bloom between Deirdre and Aleck each of whom are keeping secrets from the other, her gift and pregnancy and his real identity and mission. There is a curse but is it a curse that can be cured by love or is Aleck the next husband to die if he accepts marriage with Deirdre. Can she try to convince Aleck that the baby she carries is his or will she reveal the truth?
Anyone who loves a good romance with a paranormal twist and a bit of history thrown in for good measure should definitely not miss this book because it has it all.