She'll put her life on the line for him . . .
When Akira Ayres finds the brawny Scot with a musket ball in his thigh, the healer has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to save his life. Even if it means fleeing with him across the Highlands to tend to his wounds while English redcoats are closing in. Though Akira is as fierce and brave as any of her clansmen, even she's intimidated by the fearsome, brutally handsome Highlander who refuses to reveal his name.
Yet she can never learn his true identity.
Geordie knows if Akira ever discovers he's the Duke of Gordon, both her life and his will be forfeit in a heartbeat. The only way to keep the lass safe is to ensure she's by his side day and night. But the longer he's with her, the harder it becomes to think of letting her go. Despite all their differences, despite the danger-he will face death itself to make her his . . .
It’s been a bit since I read a highlander romance so when this one was offered, I was ready to give it and a new to me author a go. The historical setting and other elements including the first Jacobite Uprisings tearing through Scotland, the Clans, and the class difference romance of Scottish Highlander aristocrat and illegitimate gypsy healer was the grounds for a fantastic story beginning an exciting new series.
This one was pitch perfect with all that it offered up. It nailed the historical background and situation and struck it good with the characters and their unequal romance. This was not just aristocrat and commoner, but ventured into taboo territory because she was a hated gypsy and he was a divorced man who would never be able to petition for a church marriage to Akira.
They were an interesting pair of characters. Geordie isn’t so much a surprise. He’s commanding, honorable, and tough, yet has his thoughtless moments. But it is Akira who really takes up the characterization and romance elements a notch. She has a strong sense of duty and honor to her profession and that’s why she ended up on the run with Geordie in the first place. She also has personal honor and respect which is why she is tempted to come to him on the only terms he offers that will be comfort for her destitute family as well, but she wants more and needs to know that she is not a fling or disposable to him. To be fair to Geordie, he was committed to Akira and offered what he thought was all he could and she never understood this, choosing to believe the worst (and understandable because all her life she had been given no reason to trust). She had a villager’s eye view of the world around her, but she was suspicious when he tried to make her see the greater state of affairs. I think that was the hard part for me with this unequal romance and it gave it a fairytale quality rather than realistic.
So, all in all, I enjoyed this outing with new to me author and new series. I can’t wait to get the next installment. This is for those who enjoy moderately spicy, exciting historical period highlander romance.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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