Fiercely loyal to his older brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.
An outcast from her own clan, Keeley McDonald was betrayed by those she loved and trusted. When the wounded warrior falls from his horse, she is drawn to his strong, lean body. The wicked glint in his green eyes ignites a passion that will follow them back to Alaric's keep, where their forbidden love draws them deeper into the pleasures of the flesh. But as conspiracy and danger circle closer, Alaric must make an impossible choice: Will he betray his blood ties for the woman he loves?
©2011 Maya Banks (P)2012 Tantor
"The second book in Bank's trilogy shows her ability to write fast-paced, sexually charged, emotionally intense romances." (Romantic Times)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good book. I enjoyed it a lot and Alaric and Keeley made great pair. I was so happy that things were able to be worked out for them.
Keeley is a healer and an outcast of the McDonald clan (she was wrongly accused). She's a very nice (I liked her a lot) and tried not to dwell on the past. She makes the best she can out of her life, making a living off of a few coins she gets for her healing skills. She's unprepared for a wounded man she finds on her doorstep.
Alaric is a good man. He's brother to the leader of the McCabe clan. He loves his clan very much and has agreed to wed the neighboring clan's daughter, Rionna, to cement an alliance. He's on his way to "officially" propose to Rionna when he and his men are attacked. He barely escapes with his life and isn't aware of much until he finds himself tended by a strange woman.
From the beginning there's an attraction between Alaric and Keeley. She finds herself falling for him as she nurses him back to health. Alaric finds himself very attracted to Keeley too and feels a constant need to have her near. When his brothers find him in Keeley's cottage they decide to take both Alaric and Keeley back to their clan home. Unfortunately they kidnap Keeley to accomplish this and she's unthrilled with this even though she wants to continue to nurse Alaric. After some difficulties and arguements with Ewan (loved him in the last book but he was kind of being a jerk about this) Keeley finally agrees to stay and be the healer for the McCabe clan.
Once Alaric is recovering it comes out that he has an arranged marriage to Rionna that ties his hands so he can't have Keeley long term and he doesn't want to disgrace her with a fling. Both Alaric and Keeley want to be together very badly but know that they shouldn't because of Alaric impending wedding. This is easier said than done because they both long for each other. Regardless of their best intentions, Alaric and Keeley give in to their feelings...figuring if nothing else at least they can have some time together before he has to wed Rionna. They take what they can, knowing it'll just make things harder in the end but not able to resist. They have bittersweet moments, falling for each other even more as they try not to think about the future.
While Keeley and Alaric are unsuccessfully fighting their feeling for each other there's other issues as well. Mairin (from the first book) is pregnant and threatening delivery at any time. Their enemies are still trying to cause trouble and stop alliances which brings danger to the McCabes multiple times. Not to mention the marriage brings some of Keeley's past troubles back to plague her. Alaric is determined not to let down his clan (even though it'll leave both him and Keeley miserable) and this isn't helped by the fact that the King wants the wedding for the alliance it'll bring. Things aren't looking very good as the marriage approaches and at the last moment Keeley puts her own life in danger to save Alaric. She's hurt and almost dies but it leads in to a great end of the story with a very pleasing HEA.
I really enjoyed this book. I was wanting Alaric and Keeley to be together from the beginning and was so pleased with their happy ending. The book leads in to the next book with Caelen and it looks good so I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
The last supper with the king.
She is great. Very talented.
When Kellie realized she had a family- a Clan...
part two would not play on my vibe. other books don't give me any issues. It would freeze up only when I tried to play part 2. I even deleted and downloaded it and still acted goofy.
Had to carry my lap top around to finish the book.
Glad I did it was good.
I was thoroughly pleased with this second entry in this highlander series! I thought the first book was just so-so, but this one kept me interested and was a lovely follow up. If you we're cheering for the heroine in book one you'll definitely pull for Keeley in this one. Keeley and Alaric's love story was so romantic yet gut wrenching at points, which made for excellent dramatic highs and lows throughout. As always, Kirsten Potter was excellent in her narration. This is not necessarily credit worthy but definitely worth purchasing if on sale.
Again with the cover art! Where is the hero's long hair?! OK, petty, I know... So, this is the story of Alaric McCabe, fierce warrior and younger brother to the laird of the McCabe clan. The story starts with him heading over to the McDonald clan lands, planning to marry Rionna McDonald and to seal the alliance between the two clans. He is hesitant to marry her after seeing the love match between his brother Ewan and his new wife Mairin, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to support his clan. While on his way there, though, he is set upon by soldiers sent by the dastardly Duncan Cameron and is terribly wounded. By happenstance, his horse takes him to the tiny cabin of Keely McDonald, local healer who has been cast out of the clan, due to circumstances beyond her control. She saves his life and ends up being taken back to the McCabe lands, both to continue to help Alaric recover and to attend to Mairin's pregnancy and delivery, since the McCabes have no healer. What will happen to the burgeoning love between Alaric and Keely? What about the alliance between the McDonalds and the McCabes? What about Duncan Cameron? This is such an exciting and romantic read. Yes, I cried -- more than once! Looking forward to the third book in the trilogy!
I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.
This is in the top 5 of my list.
I think they all are enjoyable. Love the older ladies and the counsel they give.
When she told him she loved him for the first time.
Fun, romantic, worthwhile
All of them were good. She's a great narrator.
It made me laugh out loud sometimes, the humor really comes through. I enjoyed all of the characters.
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
Kirsten Potter is AMAZING!!!! She brings the story to life! She is one of the BEST NARRATORS I have heard in a long time!
This was a good final book in the trilogy and it packaged the series up with a nice bow! I enjoyed it tremendously.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Not as good as the first book, but I enjoyed it. The narrator does a great job and I am excited for the next book. The heroine in this book was feisty but it seemed like she didn't stick up for herself very much when it counted. Of course all the other characters respected her for that, but It made me feel that her character was lacking slightly. But that was a slight annoyance overall a good addition to the series, but it needs to be read in order.
Good story. I enjoy historical fiction but it seldom brings a tear to my eye like this one did. I thought it was an excellent story. I also enjoyed hearing more about the characters from the first story as well the development of more characters in this second book of the series.
I'm a fantasy book hoarder!! :-) I am a mother of two small beautful childeren and my books are my way of getting away for a little break!!!
WHEN KEELEY ALMOST DIED!!! OMG I CRIED!!
THE FIRST TIME THEY MADE LOVE
OH YES AND I ALMOST DID I COUNLDNT PUT IT DOWN!!
THIS IS MY FAVORITE BOOK IN THIS SERIES!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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