by Julie Garwood
4.5 of 5 Stars
By the king's edict, Alec Kincaid, mightiest of the Scottish lairds, must take an English bride. And Jamie the youngest daughter of Baron Jamison, is his choice. From his first glimpse of the proud and beautiful English lady, Alec felt a burning hunger stir within him. This was a woman worthy of his fearless warrior's spirit. And he aches to touch her, tame her, possess her...forever.
But with the wedding vows, Jamie pledges her own secret oath: She will never surrender her love to this Highland barbarian. He was everything her heart warned her against -- an arrogant, brooding scoundrel whose rough good looks and seductive embrace fire her blood. But when strange accidents begin to threaten Jamie's life and an old rumor that Alec killed his first wife spreads anew, something far more dangerous than desire threatens to conquer her senses.
First, Julie Garwood is an amazing historical romance author. She is in my top five! Second, I love this book. I’ve read it so many times and every time it melts my heart.
Alec has been ordered by the king select and wed an English woman. Not thrilled by the idea, he sets off to meet Lord Jamison. Upon arriving at Lord Jamison’s keep, he spies Jamie – a stubborn beauty – and decides then and there that she will be his.
Jamie had heard a wild Scotsman was heading their way. She even tried her best to keep her sisters calm, knowing that one of them would have to wed the Highland barbarian. She didn’t suspect she would be the one chosen – there is almost a Cinderella essence to the storyline which I enjoyed.
The relationship between the main characters is a bit rocky in the beginning, which is normal for a historical romance. Alec and Jamie are very stubborn and this leads to the occasional confusion and misunderstandings. However, their attraction for one another is very real. Alec certainly is charming and sweet during his process of seduction – again normal for a historical romance. I really liked how Jamie’s character grows through the story. Being with Alec and free of her overbearing step-father and sisters, she finds herself and she finds happiness.
The book has some entertaining twists, complete with attempted murder and a massive cover up. The arc of the story was fantastic, the author kept everything on point. After re-reading this book, I remember why I love historical romances. I have come across a Julie Garwood historical I haven’t liked.