Also in this series: When a Laird Finds a Lass, The Lady and the Highlander
Series: A Highland Fairy Tale #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance, Scottish Highlands, Fairy Tales
Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.
When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.
Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?
Strong Dair Sinclair, heir to the clan of Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh, was highly respected. But while on a mission to aid his cousin Jeannie, they are all captured, and his cousin so full of life is tortured right in front of him. An English prisoner helps him escape and get him home. Dair struggles with a madness, scarred and in pain. The healer of the clan makes a prediction, that if he finds a virgin–she will heal him. Dair’s father is desperate to help his son. He arrives at the MacLeod clan, looking for one of the Laird’s daughters to accompany him back home. He meets lovely Fia MacLeod, who is kind and is a healer of damaged animals. He knows that she is just what his son needs. Fia is overprotected by her family, and had dreamed of having adventure and some freedom. When she meets Dair Sinclair, she knows that he has a long way to go, but also she senses his deep pain and his strength. But there are traitors to the clan, who are seeking revenge…
Plot and Story Line
Beauty and the Highland Beast is the first book in the newest series by this author. When I first head about this book, I was very excited. Because a fairy tale mixed with sexy highlanders—count me in!! I truly enjoyed this book, and boy Lecia Cornwall did great things with this story and kept me on my toes for most of the story. Its starts out when we first see when the son is returned to his father, he is gravely injured, but he haunted by the memories of his cousin. Dair loved her, but in a way a friend loves another friend. Now his character really got to me in ways I didn’t expect. He is scarred, angry and bitter. He knows his clan looks at him as if he is mad and crazy. Now this is where Fia comes in. Fia is kind and caring, but suffers from a limp and scars of her own. She knows that she can never have marriage or children, and wants to enjoy this moment. Fia knows how to handle big, burly grumpy men and Dair is the epitome of it. The chemistry that develops between Dair and Fia is just perfect, I adored seeing these two together. Even though there are some set backs, these two fight for each other. The plot twist, of a traitor, really added a sense of thrills and danger to the story. I loved seeing the growth in the story and development of the characters, especially in Dair and Fia. This story really got to me, grumpy heroes, strong willed heroines and a feisty feline. What more do you need!!
Such a wonderful cover—-I love the dress, with all the green and the flow of the plaid, and the castle in the background.
Beauty and the Highland Beast is a classic fairy tale highlander style—-riveting, enticing and engaging on every page!!