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Great start to a new series!
Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2016
Another excellent tale by Ms. Wine! This one features an enemies to lovers story.
Ailis Robertston and Bhaic MacPherson are born enemies - but due to the scheming of the Earl of Morton - regent of Scotland - they are forced to marry.
At first I found Ailis to be very immature and naïve - she agreed to the marriage, but ran back to her father's home the first chance she got. She acts more like a girl of 15 or 16 rather than a woman of 23. Bhaic lets her go and makes no attempt to bring her back. They met again about a month later at the May Day festival. Bhaic gets jealous when Ailis is dancing with a rival clans heir and when he intervenes - she again runs off. This time Bhaic follows her - and saves her from being abducted. They share a heated moment which could have led to the consummation of their marriage - but they are interrupted by Bhaic's brother Marcus. Their fathers are ready to start a war over Ailis' abrupt disappearance and they are needed to break up the fight. This is when Ailis starts to grow up and agrees to go home with Bhaic and solidify the marriage to stop the feuding.
Ailis' reception at the MacPherson hall is less than welcome and I liked that Ms. Wine didn't make it easy for Ailis to fit in - the hatred between these two clans runs deep and it would have been too unrealistic to believe that everyone would fall in love with Ailis and accept her right away. Bhaic is kind to Ailis, but he won't consummate their marriage until she comes to him. He tries to woo her and several times these two are close to getting the deed done when they are interrupted - it actually got to be quite humorous.
Ailis is struggling with conflicting feelings - she is very attracted to Bhaic and really wants to make the alliance work - but they are enemies and she is still treated like a prisoner and is very much disrespected by the clan members. She has only made one friend, Helen, who is a Grant and was abducted by Bhaic's brother Marcus to keep her father in line. The two form a connection and become friends. Helen is a wonderful secondary character and I really can't wait for her story!
When these two FINALLY get together I thought the story would fizzle out - but I should have known that Ms. Wine wouldn't make it that easy :)
The final 1/4 of the book probably has more action and conflict than the first 3/4! Mistaken identities, near death experiences, daring rescues, the appearance of a former lover and a very touching declaration - not to mention all the hot love scenes!
If you like enemies to lovers stories or sexy, hot highlanders - look no further, this is the book you want to read!