I love this series. Although part of a series this in itself is a stand alone story. This is Emma's story- sister to Geoffrey and Bryce. Once starting to read I had trouble putting it down - just wanted to see what happened next. Cecelia paints a realist picture of the medieval time in which this series is set. Hope there are more books to come in the series. I received an ARC to read.
I loved Emma’s story. Sparks fly when Emma and Garrick meet for the first time. Emotions are up and down when Garrick’s secret is revealed, but can they overcome all outside concerns to reach their happy ever after? This is a wonderful addition to the series and I look forward to reading the next book. Well done Cecelia. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
In an era when peace was dictated by the alliances made through marriage,Garrick heads for his Scottish stronghold, being kept safe for him by his mother, in order to get betrothed to the daughter of one of the most powerful chieftains in the area. Despite his reluctance to get married, he is fully aware of his duty and the need to protect his mother’s inheritance, hence the strategic marriage. The unexpected occurs when he stops at the stronghold of Geoffrey Waryn, where he meets the Earl of Kenshire’s incorrigible younger sister. The attraction between them is instant but Garrick knows that if peace is to be upheld in the district, he cannot allow his thoughts to dwell on Emma. When meddling Sara intervenes and persuades her husband to allow Emma to travel to Scotland with with Garrick, it adds fuel to the fire. The book, as with the other novels in this series, is fast paced, exciting and intensely romantic. Garrick is a powerful hero commanding attention, and Emma is his match in every way. One feels for the star-crossed lovers as they both recognise the importance of marriages to build alliances and the sense of impending doom to their relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was unable to put it down. Although it is part of a series and many characters from previous books appear in this one too, it is nevertheless a stand-alone and comes to a most satisfactory ending. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this is my honest and voluntary review.