Also in this series: The Guardian
Series: Return of the Highlanders #4
Published by Forever on February 26th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.
A Warrior's Heart
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble.
With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?
Connar has a duty and obligation as the Chieftan to marry a woman with politcal connections, for his clan. He has always known that he will never be able to marry a woman of his own choosing that he could love. Connor one day gets attacked and to help in his recovery, he return s to Trotternish that he has recently claimed back as his own. Connor knows that he will have to keep it from being taken from his enemies. Ilysa has been Connor’s support and has secretly been in love with him most of her life. Ilysa when seeing how serious Connor’s injuries are, she goes with him to help set up his new home in Trotternish. As she helps Connor with his healing process and help get his clan in order, she suspects that she will be losing him soon….to another woman. For Connor has decreed that he must marry and very soon. When she starts to receive visions of him in danger, it will be up to her to protect him, and help him keep from danger. With their enemies closing in soon, it will take their combined faith and love to defeat the storm on the horizon.
When I first picked up the first book in this series, I wondered how much I would like it. But then again I do love a good highlander romance with sexy heroes, fierce love stories, and a plot that is full of adventure. I was delightfully surprised by how much I became drawn into this beautiful world that Margaret Mallory has created for us. This series is about Four sexy Highlanders who are best friends and have fought side by side together through life and death. The three previous books were a delightful romp of fun and sensuality in the Highlands, that only left me aching for more. I have been anxiously waiting for this most recent addition, and the conclusion to the series. Connor has been one of my favorites, and after having read his story now, he has totally captivated me. I knew that I would love reading his story, especially seeing him in previous books and seeing the connection between Connor and Ilyssa, but their romance connection doesn’t truly escalate until this story begins and develops into a whirlwind of danger and intrigue and above all a Captivating Romance that we have all been anxiously waiting for (with our fingers crossed ). Connor has had to dedicate his life to honor and duty and will have to do what is best for his people. As the chieftan it is his responsiblity to protect them. He is beyond stubborn, protective, aches for a woman to care for and to have a family. We see what a strong character is throughout the story but like any sexy hero, it is fun to see his pride brought down a peg or two by a woman he loves. Ilysa…..boy did I just fall in love with her from the first moment I read her. She has visions, and is the only means where Connor will survive, but she doesn’t fully believe in them, partly because she doesn’t always have full confidence in herself (at least in the beginning). She seemed to me, to be the type of character you can easily relate to. Ilysa has loved Connor from far away, never letting him know her true feelings, until the danger around him escalates and she has to protect him herself. Connor is very stubborn and full of pride at times, but Ilysa is not the type of woman that just accepts his word on everything as if it was a law. She has her own mind, and as she gains her self awareness and her own capabilities, she starts to come out of her shell. I loved seeing the change in her, and it was such a joy to see both of these characters compliment each other in such a harmonious way. At first it seems like they don’t have that much in common, but as they grow more intimate and closer as a couple, they work together as a team. There were so many delightful scenes with details so vividly written that made the story feel alive and full of zest. I thought that Mallory blended together such a plot with characters that are brought alive to the reader, and such intense sexual tension and riveting scenes that brought together a very moving story that will steal your heart. A Romance you don’t want to miss out on.
“Ye can’t go with Connor,” Duncan told her.
He pulled her onto his lap and kissed her with a wild, passionate abandon. Ilysa felt right. She was perfect. Extraordinary.
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