This book is good but definitely the weakest of the 'McCabe Trilogy'. Keeley McDonald Is shunned by her clan. She lives in isolation as a healer until a horse brings critically wounded Alaric McCabe to her door. Keeley nurses him to recovery and sparks fly, but then she is kidnapped by Alaric's brother for her medical skills and taken to live with the McCabe clan.
Alaric is betrothed to Keeley's childhood friend Rhionna, so they try to resist their growing attraction as Alaric heals. But the resistance proves futile and there is much squishing together of hot bodies during sick room visits. Things slowed down a bit in the middle with the author resorting to bedroom bondage to keep the reader interested. For me this it didn't work in an historical romance when there are real manacles and torture just downstairs in the dungeons.
The lack of momentum in the middle was my main issue with what was otherwise a fun read. It was also too easy to predict the solution to the main problems between Alaric and Keeley. But there were really good moments as well including a sensitive portrayal of sexual abuse and the warmth of forming new family bonds. So while I recommend this book, I think the other two books in this series are better.
- Kindle Edition: 354 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Original edition (27 September 2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004P8JPLS
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)