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When a woman seeking revenge meets a man wanting justice, can they find a common ground...
This is my first read by the duet of authors, and as the third book in a series, I had to catch up with the many characters from the two previous stories, and even if this one is a standalone some side characters from the other tales interact with the main protagonists, it takes some time to get acquainted with everyone. I even googled for some historical informations as England history was not on my cursus, it cleared some parts of the background plot, as grand history is mixed with fiction.
On the romance part, it is a slow burn one, going on the long run. Nothing is rushed between Morrigan and Aidan. Their first encounter is quite a thing, one for memory with fists and daggers involved. From there, their relationship moves from physical interactions to battle of wits. I quite loved to see them slowly fall for the other, as much seduced by the brain than the aspect of one another. Still they have to navigate the Intricate webs of lies, betrayals and deceits surrounding them and only waging to pounce on them. Aidan is a superhero of the courtrooms, he uses his profond knowledge of human nature to drive people where he wants them to be. He is clever and open minded, why he does not renege his attraction for Morrigan, if her fiery temper is far from ideal at first for a barrister looking for a political outcome, he does not let it deter it from pursuing her. She is the woman he wants and he uses his praetorian talent to woo her. Morrigan is a woman of many layers, she rebuilt herself as a stronger woman, one to attack first and question later. She refuses to ever be again a victim. Her past wound is still raw, it is at the root of her attitude. I loved she gave herself the strength to rise from her ashes. Yet, the past always lingers at the border and until she confronts it in the face, she will still be a prisoner of her own fear, mind and scars. Despite her mistakes, she braves her worst nightmares and refuses to cower when threatened of exposure.
I do not know how narrated are the other romances by this duet but here I felt like I was watching a movie unfolding before me, with actions, many protagonists playing their own part, a driving plot and a romance brewing slowly as a conducting wire. 4.5 stars for this tale of resilience and faith.
I was granted an advance copy by the publisher St Martin’s Paperbacks through Netgalley. I purchased my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion.
A wonderful Scottish historical romance and perfect ending to the Royal Highlander series with complex characters and a story that kept me glued to the book from beginning to end with twists and turns, ups and downs, Scottish pride, a Highland romance and so much more. I loved the instant attraction and slow-burn romance between rebel Morrigan Drummond and barrister Aidan Grant. If you enjoy well-crafted historical romance, don't miss "Highland Sword". I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
This was a great read and is third book in series and I recommend them all. I absolutely enjoyed reading Aidan's and Morrigan's story. Morrigan past comes face to face with her at last and she is out for revenge. But that is until a handsome lawyer determined to protect his witness stops her. They butt heads but soon they come to an understanding and Morrigan is determined to keep her distance from Aidan. However Aiden has a different plan for them and is determined to when her over.
This was a fun and entertaining read. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.