Lily Ramsay is the sunshine at the center of the Ramsay clan. Even as a wee lassie, sick with a childhood illness, she had the power to spread smiles and laughter wherever she went. But when Lily's beloved brother marries and becomes laird of the clan, Lily feels lost. Her once steadfast companion has little time for her, and his new wife has assumed the duties she used to carry out for the clan. While she couldn't be happier for her loved ones, she longs for something more for herself. In truth, she longs for her brother's best friend - the braw warrior she's loved all her life.
Kyle Maule has made it his mission to do aught he can to honor his sire's legacy. His appointment as the new Ramsay laird's second is a dream come true, but Lily Ramsay's beauty and irrepressible spirit threaten to make Kyle forget himself and fumble on the job. Desperate to do his duty to his laird and his fallen sire, Kyle tries to quell his feelings for Lily - to protect her without succumbing to the desire to be with her. But Lily is not the sort of lass to be held at arm's length. When an unexpected threat befalls her, Kyle will have to decide to either let her in all the way or step away from her forever.
©2016 Keira Montclair (P)2016 Keira Montclair
He did a pretty good job considering the weak plot.
I was hoping the negative reviews about Lily were wrong but I have to agree. My biggest issue with Lily was that she was whiny and still acted like a child instead of a woman grown. Kyle is likable but his weak excuses for not marrying Lily (therefore saving us the CHORE of listening to whiny Lily) and his habit of treating her like a frigging princess. The best parts were the wolves and Logan and Gwyn & their kids....Logan and Gwyn saved yet another book IMO!
Another reviewer mentioned that she felt that the author had a hard time transitioning Lily from a child to a young woman and I think she hit the nail right on the head. I'll never read this one again. Even if I re-read Loki and Torrian; i'll skip this one.
Story 2 (generous)
I like the overall Highland story line but the main characters in this book, Lily and Kyle were a bit weak in substance... Plot was boring and predictable. I like a book with more historical background in balance with the romance. This was my first and only Montclair book, sadly probably last as well.
I absolutely love all of the other books by Keira Montclair, but this one was very disappointing. I couldn't even make it through the whole book. While Lily is very loving and sweet, she seems like a 14 year old. I assume she is supposed to be around 20 years old but she is very whiny and childlike most of the time. Most of the women in Monclair's books are strong willed and likable. Lily is the opposite. I knew from the previous book that Lily was much more delicate than the rest but not to a childlike degree this book indicates.
I will move on to the next book in the series.
I'm not sure what happened here as I've enjoyed the other books in the series (read out of order) but the combination of a character (Lily), who was so unlikeable, and Paul Woodson's over the top narration made this really difficult to get through.
I'll move ahead to Jake but with a bit more trepidation.
Tone down the "drama" Paul - please
"Improves as you go..."
At first I was thoroughly bored with Lily and her made up problems. She just struck me as willful and careless and grossly irresponsible. Kyle behaved like an inconsistent tongue-tied bore too but then they went to Edinburgh and things improved massively from there. Ms Montclair made more of an effort to explain Lily and her idiosyncrasies, Kyle stopped denying the undeniable but for me, the thing that made the whole book worth it was the wolves. Wish that particular idiosyncrasy got played up even more. The preview of Jake sounds great though, so I'm off to get it!
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