After the ending of the previous book in the series, I was rarin’ to go with this one. I couldn’t wait for Morag and Wulf’s story. From the moment I started to shutting the cover on the last page, I was vested in the story and engaged in the outcome. This series just seems to get better and better for me with this one being the best so far. The romance, intrigue and adventure all came together just right.
I suppose one could get by picking this one up in a pinch not having read the previous books, but for optimum enjoyment, I wouldn’t recommend it. There is a series arc that culminates in this one and the two main character’s stories began earlier too.
The story opens after the incredible events that occurred at the end of book two that revealed Magnus’ true identity as Wulf MacCurran cousin to the laird and a warrior of the outlawed clan MacCurran. Morag senses her time with Wulf is ending even if his memory is still blocked. He has a place, a family and a son and he doesn’t belong with a shunned woman like her. Then the man in black sends his men to do his evil work again in killing Wulf. They don’t succeed and are destroyed, but they leave a valuable clue behind that leads to a daring journey and mission for Wulf and Morag. If they succeed in finding out the man in black’s identity and can lay their facts before the king, they can restore the laird and the other members of the MacCurran family. Morag will do anything to help Wulf and knows that if they succeed then she will lose him, but that matters not since she will do anything for this gentle warrior that she has come to love.
On the other side of things, the man in black is frustrated that all his plans depend on the elimination of the only man who could recognize him and name him as a murderer and traitor to the crown- Wulf MacCurran. Why hasn’t the man come forward and accused him? No matter, he will kill the last witness and his plans will continue unthwarted. Very convenient of the man to present himself in Edinburgh and bring along someone he obviously cares about.
This one offered so much and had the feel of the grand finale about it. The secrets of who set in motion the events that got the MacCurran’s blamed for murder and treason and outlawed and the why were finally answered. Wulf and Morag’s pursuit of the truth was danger-fraught because the holes in Wulf’s memories mean that he can’t distinguish friend from foe once they enter Edinburgh to hunt down the meaning of the clues they have. Morag has her own twist of fate surprise when she encounters someone from her past. Then there is their love affair that Morag fears can’t exist now that Wulf has been restored to his family while she is still shunned as an adulterous woman- wrongfully accused though she had been. Personally, I was rooting them on. Their relationship was beautifully developed and the passion they shared? Off the charts!
There were so many exciting twists that just when I started to relax thinking they got out of a jam then they were tossed into a new one. The introduction of Tim and Bran as the unlikely aid- a cutpurse and a child thief- was fun. I liked these two rascals a lot and I’m glad that the next story is Bran’s. Something tells me that he is more than he seems.
In conclusion, I have only praise for this book and recommend it Historical Romance lovers particularly those who enjoy Medieval Scottish settings. In my opinion its the best in the series too.
My thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.