Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Tempted by the Highland Warrior - Michelle Willingham (HH #1098 - July 2012)

Series: MacKinloch Clan (Book 3) 

After years of brutal torture, Callum MacKinloch is finally free of his captors—but his voice is still held prisoner. He'd never let anyone hear him scream. 

Although Lady Marguerite de Montpierre's chains may be invisible, they threaten to tie her to a loveless and cruel marriage.

When Marguerite discovers Callum waiting to die, her heart aches for the warrior beneath the suffering—but they can have no future. Yet she is the one woman with the power to tame the rage locked inside him. Maybe he can find another reason to live…for her. 

Fantastic book.  I have been waiting for Callum's story and it kept me turning the pages.  After seven years of captivity and torture, Callum was found by Marguerite, his captor's fiancee.  She treated his wounds and her kindness gave Callum the will to go on.  When he was finally rescued, he found her at his family's home, waiting for the arrival of her father.  He was coming to get her for a new betrothal.  Callum was in bad shape, unable to speak and having a hard time adjusting to his freedom.  Marguerite was the only one who could reach him, when his family thought he had lost his mind.  As the story goes on Callum and Marguerite fall in love, but don't expect to be able to be together.  But Callum refuses to give up, even when faced with death.  Marguerite is a compassionate woman who has been sheltered all her life.  When faced with the prospect of having to give up her love for Callum and marry someone else, she finds a depth of character and strength she didn't know she had.  I loved the way that Callum was able to communicate with Marguerite even though he couldn't speak. It made their connection seem so much more intense. I also loved that her care and patience helped Callum find his voice again.  Her escape from her father was well done, and the concluding scenes were fantastic.  I also loved the epilogue.  I sure hope we get to see Dougal's story soon.

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