The author brings the sights, sounds, and passions of medieval Scotland to vivid life. The lush description of the backdrop is usurped only by the unforgettable characters that are carefully brought to life. This was a decadent tale of loss, treachery, and the redemptive power of love.
Authur, a knight under Robert the Bruce, is rewarded the keep and lands of Rhona’s ancestral home. He is handsome, brave, and intelligent. His heart has always belonged to Rhona. Rhona cannot surrender her belief that the allegiance of her clan comes first, even above love. She deceives and nearly destroys the only man she has ever loved. Allegiances and deceit endanger the couple’s fragile connection. Authur and Rhona must learn to trust each other and adjust their priorities to ensure that their love survives. The couple was written with love and care. The backdrop of the warring factions gave an edge and believability to the story. Both Authur and Rhona are solid and earnest, having complete faith in their loyalties. The battle for allegiance is captivating and, at times, heart-breaking. The couple’s love is fragile, and they have to strive to make it work. I enjoyed the complexity and natural feel of the characters. Their emotions and actions were believable and genuine.
The plot was fast and well-paced. The push and pull between the couple were perfect. The lush background of the story supported the beautiful dialogue. The story was an immersive trip through medieval Scotland. Forged in mistrust, the couple’s fragile love was believable and emotional. This was a beautiful gem of a book.
Highland Beast is the third book in The King’s Outlaws series. These gritty, sensual stories breathe life into the time of Robert the Bruce. These medieval romances are rich in history and full of emotion. I love this time and have, fortunately of late, had the opportunity to read more about this fascinating time in history. Although a love story at heart, the tale entices you with intrigue, action, and adventure. Each scene was lovingly written with careful precision and passion for the period. I could tell the author had done her homework, blending history and fiction splendidly. This is an electric, exciting book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.