Grace Ellington is sick of everyone believing she needs to marry. So, to escape their meddling she volunteers to go and help a friend in need. However, on her way to help her pregnant friend, Grace finds herself at the hands of Keir MacKinnon; a fierce man that -- it seems -- everyone is afraid of. Yet, she sees him differently and is determined to help him save his nephew. But when he's given a difficult order by his older brother, the MacKinnon clan chief, Grace decides to risk everything for the man she's falling in love with. Will Grace be able to help Keir make the right choice, or will they lose their chance of happy ever after because Keir always follows orders?
This is the first book I've read from this author, and I've got to say that it's a story that is highly entertaining, fast-paced and had me loving every interaction between the hero and heroine as they find themselves at odds for a short time because of what the hero does that makes the heroine dislike him. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's frustrated by everyone having an opinion on her finding a man and getting married. Will she take notice of their opinions? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine meet that had me fully hooked with this story, as the heroine can't believe what she does to the hero. How does she get herself into the situations that she does?
As for the dialogue, it was riveting and had me loving the main characters, even though the hero is deceitful at first because of what he does to the heroine that leads to her needing to help him instead of her friend. Furthermore, the heroine is a fighter in the way she's strong and brave in being able to handle the way people of the McKinnon Clan treat her. I also liked how she stood up for herself and did everything she could to help the hero, especially when he's handed a difficult task that won't be easy for him to be able to do. While the hero, he's not the ruthless and harsh man that everyone thinks he is. Instead, he's kind and caring most of the time, despite what he did to the heroine soon after they meet. I also liked that he would do anything for his family, even if his brother is making wrong decisions that could ultimately lead to disharmony in the Clan.
Overall, Ms. McCollum has delivered an exceptional read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was powerful, heady and convincing; the romance wonderful; and the ending had me enjoying how determined the heroine was to make certain the hero didn't make a wrong decision when it came to what he was asked to do. A decision that would haunt him if he followed his brother's orders. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully, as the hero and heroine are so happy together and have ended up in a place where they belong and feel welcome. I would recommend The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum, if you enjoy Historical Romance, the opposites attract trope, or books by authors Eliza Knight, Emma Prince, Kathryn Le Veque and Julie Johnstone.