4 of 5 stars
He tried to run....
In his youth, Hugh MacCarrick foolishly fell in love with a beautiful English lass who delighted in teasing him with her flirtatious ways. Yet he knew he could never marry her because he was shadowed by an accursed family legacy. To avoid temptation, Hugh left home, ultimately becoming an assassin.
She tried to forget him....
Jane Weyland was devastated when the Highlander she believed would marry her abandoned her instead. Years later, when Hugh MacCarrick is summoned to protect her from her father's enemies, her heartache has turned to fury -- but her desire for him has not waned.
Will passion overwhelm them?
In hiding, Jane torments Hugh with seductive play. He struggles to resist her because of deadly secrets that could endanger her further. But Hugh is no longer a gentle young man -- and toying with the fever-pitched desires of a hardened warrior will either get Jane burned...or enflame a love that never died.
I had read book three first, then read one, and have recently finished two. I have a little bit of a problem, I rarely start a series with the first book. Most of the time I'm so intrigued by the back cover description that I don't notice the book belongs in a series. That said, I really enjoyed this book and, luckily for me, each book could be a stand alone.Kresley Cole does a wonderful job of interweaving the different stories, but makes each book strong enough to be read on it's own.
The hero, Hugh McCarrick, has been in love with Jane for years. Poor man became an assassin in order to flee the temptation she presented, since he knew he could never be with her. Having a family curse passed on to him (and his brothers), he believes that if he marries death will befall his lady love.
Over the years, Jane could not get Hugh out of her head or her heart. Never knowing what had drawn him away, she feels as if he had abandoned her. She knows it would be for best to move on, but when she is finally prepared and on the verge of becoming engaged to another man, the rough highlander returns.
Neither are thrilled when Jane's father forces them to marry, though they both enter the arrangement set on achieving a divorce. However, danger is on their heels and Hugh must whisk Jane away from London to guard her from an assassin that wants her dead - to gain revenge on Jane's father and Hugh.
The romance was sweet, the characters had harbored feelings for each other for years and it was nice to see them finally able to be together. At times I felt really sorry for Hugh, he had wanted Jane for so long and even after he had her, he thought he would have to let her go because of the curse.
I must say, Jane was the typical heroine featured in Kresley Cole's work. She was spoiled and a bit of a brat at times. Her personality is what kept me from giving this book 5 out of 5.
The McCarrick men are the typical, hunky highlanders and their stories are twisted by fate and a curse. If you enjoy historical romance, you should have this trilogy to your TBR list. And, if you are a fan of Kresley Cole's paranormal romance, you will not be disappointed with her historical works.
(Now that I've finished this series, I will admit, book was my favorite!)