I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Highland Conquest by Heather McCollum
Series: Sons of Sinclair #1
Published by Entangled: Amara on April 28, 2020
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
Source: Entangled Publishing
Cain Sinclair has a plan. In order to finally bring peace to his clan, he will wed the young female chief of their greatest enemy. Only problem: capturing her and forcing her back to Sinclair castle doesn’t exactly make her want to say yes. Ella Sutherland may be clever, passionate, and shockingly beautiful, but what she isn’t is willing.
Every attempt Cain makes to woo her seems to backfire on him. A gift? The kitten practically claws his eyes out. A competitive game of chess? Even when he wins, he loses. It seems the only time the two ever see eye to eye is when they’re heating up Cain’s bed. Still, the only thing Ella truly wants is the one thing he cannot offer her: freedom.
But when Cain discovers she’s been harboring a secret—one that could threaten both clans’ very existence—he’ll have to decide between peace for the Sinclairs or the woman who’s captured his heart.
Highland Conquest is the first book in a NEW series by Heather McCollum. I discovered this author only a couple of years ago and truly have enjoyed her work so much. She really knows how to write great angst in her books. And anyone that really knows my reading tastes knows how picky I am when it comes to angst that enters the relationship between the main characters. But this author has such talent in writing it. The only downside is that this is an ARC and the text the publisher had chosen really didn’t work well for my eyes but the actual story was really well done.
Highland Conquest begins with a battle between two warring clans, and the father of the Sinclair’s is killed and the oldest son and now the Laird, goes after the leader of the battling clan, his enemy but also a woman he has known for years but somehow has been turned into his enemy. When he races after her, they share a kiss in the forest and he brings her back to his home as his captive and future bride. Cain is a thinker, and out of the four sons, he likes to see all possibilities and when he sees Ella, he knows that she is the answer. If they marry it will bring peace between them and allow Cain to conquer the other clan and bring balance to Scotland once again. But Ella has no plan in marrying Cain, a man she thinks has despised her since she was twelve years old. But as these two battle out their future a deep abiding desire forms and only once trust and love is built will the answer to all their problems be formed and a match of the clan be forged
Highland Conquest is a fabulous book and I really had such a blast with this one. I really love how this author handles these “captive” scenarios because they feel so real but not non-consensual where the relationship is concerned. Because there is consent in this book and I really liked seeing how well this author balances out that and seeing how well these two are matched for each other. They are both fierce in what they believe and stand for and I really love how protective they both are in the people they care about. The tension between them especially at the beginning is very strong at times, but seeing the level of trust that slowly forms between them is what makes this book so sweet in the end.
Overall I found Highland Conquest to be a battle of wills that is powerful, engaging and portrays the strength and beauty of the historic Scotland