Framed for a crime he did not commit, Duncan Campbell, the illegitimate son of a chieftain, has returned to the Highlands, determined to clear his name after ten years in exile. He is drawn to the unforgettable sensual beauty of Jeannie Gordon, the headstrong girl who once pledged him her love, gave him her innocence, and then betrayed him. Now, in the glow of the moonlight, she defiantly shows Duncan the bad end of a pistol.
Jeannie is stunned to discover that the broad-chested brigand she just shot is the rogue who broke her heart years ago. No longer a starry-eyed girl but a woman with dangerous secrets, Jeannie cannot forgive Duncan's shattering mistrust of her - nor can she sign his death warrant by turning him in. Soon passion flares hotter and bolder than before, sealing a fate the one-time lovers can no longer deny. Caught up in a deadly game of murder and intrigue, Jeannie is willing to risk everything for a man and a love she vows never to lose again.
©2009 Monica McCarty (P)2012 Tantor
"A fast-moving, emotionally intense and heart-wrenching love story filled with unexpected twists and a romance to make your heart sing." (Romantic Times)
I love Monica McCarty her stories are captivating. I have listened to everyone Audible has & I can't wait for the rest of her books to become available!
4 1/2 Stars!! Great ending to the series. For highland lovers, Duncan is delectable, and McCarty has written one of her most steamy, passionate stories.
I absolutely could not stop reading this book! The build up to Duncan's story was very well-done. After reading the first two books of the trilogy, Duncan was as infamous to me as to the characters in the story.
I loved the way McCarty wrote this book; it begins with Duncan's return, then goes back ten years to tell the story of his exile. The transitions are masterfully written and kept me in eager anticipation of every word.
This book was 5-star worthy for the large majority of the story. Only a few minor issues that keep it from five stars. One is the heroine... Jeannie made me want to shake her. Early on, she does something that is hard to forgive. especially in the world of Romance novels. When Duncan returns, her obtuse blindness to the seriousness his plight and her unsupportable anger that she was wronged by him is all hard to digest. But she comes around.
While I did like her, I also found her choices and arguments extremely frustrating. She was just not the smartest of heroines...
The other issue for me was the anti-climactic ending. Duncan was wanted by the King for certain treason. He was the biggest outlaw of all. I obviously wanted an HEA, but I didn't understand how the evidence that Jeannie found and delivered to Argyll had any bearing on Duncan's guilt. Certainly not enough to keep him from Argyll's wrath.
I think McCarty could have written a more developed and compelling rationale for exonerating Duncan. I was completely underwhelmed by the "evidence" Jeannie found and also by the luke warm ending. (I would have liked to see more interaction btw Duncan and his son once he knew...)
Despite those flaws, I adored the book, and the series. Monica McCarty has fast become a favorite historical author of mine. I look forward to more of her Highland Guard novels!
A different leading male character entirely!
Highland pleasures series.
Deep, sexy, well inflected.
Particular scenes were not the problem. It was Duncan's character in general that was reprehensible.
Authors, if you are going to make your lead male characters moody, disloyal, forever leaving, forever thinking the worst of your female characters, you had better be sure you have the skill to COMPLETELY redeem them. I got so sick of seeing Jeannie suffer because Duncan COULD NOT develop any kind of resolve to stay with her! Not sexy. Not admirable. Not romantic to be an angry, always-leaving kind of guy!
yes, good highlander series..stongly recommend it
all books are great
it is ok..
this entire series is worth it
What an excellent combination, Ms McCarty and Mr Hampton.His narration of this gripping series was what made the stories come to life for me. Authentic accents and accurate pronunciation....bliss
This series got better as it went, each book was better than the one before. I think it is because it was like more and more pieces of a puzzle that came together in this final book. I also like that McCarty sprinkles her historical books with some factual stuff which makes it all the more interesting. Worth the credits.
His loyalty to his Father and his only love.
Absolutely everything! The narrator is fantastic!
The love scene at the Loch. This story puts you in every aspect of the book.
Listen to all three. I love the way Ms. McCarty connects the storylines in each book.
The Oracle Reviews
Roger Hampton is perfect for the narrator for the story. He infuses emotion into his voice when he reads capturing the "moments" of interest in the book. He also brings the Highlands home to the reader.
When Duncun realizes that he is the real heir to the chieftenship.
Some of the interaction between the hard headed Jeannie & Duncun was fun.
Liked it right from the begining loved the narrator if you like scottish romance you dont wanna miss this one.
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