Also in this series: In Bed With A Stranger
Series: Mcjames #2
Published by Kensington Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Scottish Highlands
In this irresistible follow-up to her captivating debut, In Bed With a Stranger, Mary Wine revisits the McJames clan--their loves, their battles, their conquests...
Cullen McJames will not have his honor sullied, certainly not by his clan's nemesis Laird Erik McQuade. So when McQuade tells the Court of Scotland that Cullen has stolen his daughter's virtue, Cullen steals the daughter instead.
Since his brother wed a fetching lass, Cullen's been thinking he too needs a wife. A marriage could end the constant war between the clans. And looking on Bronwyn McQuade but once has put her in his dreams for a week...
But Bronwyn won't go quietly. She won't be punished for what she did not do. Nor is she eager to live among the resentful veterans of McQuade wars. And however brave and beautiful a man Cullen may be, he has much to learn about a woman's fighting spirit. But as Bronwyn will discover, he has much to teach her as well...
"My kind of historical... Sweeps you into the time period without taking a thing away from delightful characters and a charming romance... definitely a must-read." --Heather Graham on In Bed With a Stranger
Cullen McJames evies while out surveying their border, came across a stunning lass, he only wants more after one exchange with her. He sees a passion in her that he resonates with. But when he learns that the Laird of the McQuade has accused him of taking his daughter’s virtue Cullen goes to prove the McQuades what he is really capable of. So he kidnaps Bronwyn to convince her that will her reputation in tatters thanks to her father, that they must marry. Bronwyn has only known how men treat women with disdain, greed and lust. She never imagined that her captor, a man she never thought would be capable of such an act. She is shocked when she discovers that she feels something more for him than dislike. He may be her husband, but he isn’t going to tame her easily. She will fight for her independence and free will….with the battle of wits who will when it comes to matters of the heart?
Cullen is envious of the relationship that his brother has with his wife. But Cullen isn’t a meek male to just allow any women to run over him. Cullen has a very dominant and alpha like tendacies. He is a powerful warrior in his own right. Cullen is close to his family and his clan, but he also has a mischevious and playful nature. You never know what he will do next. He has quite a entertaining character and even though he is a bit “he man” and not everyone will like his character I found him highly entertaining and probably a very realistic view of men back in the day.
Bronwyn has lived under her father’s cruel rule all of her life. He treats her like a servant, she has learned to work hard. She knows that one day he will barter her for wealth or land. She only has one out of three brothers that treat her like real family. Even though she should view Cullen as the enemy, she is not angry at him for just being a McJames. She knows how her father works. She is furious that he kidnapped her and she was practically forced into marrying him or go against the church. I really had fun with Bronwyn’s character. I liked that she was willful and passionate and didn’t back down from a fight with Cullen even though it would probably save her tons of drama and tension.
Plot and Story Line
In The Warrior’s Bed we get to be drawn back into the McJame’s family and clan and we finally get to Cullen’s book. I really fell made for this character in the first book. He is very alpha at times and I started to remember why I loved him so much. He isn’t a character you take too seriously though. Now this books has quite a bit of angst in it. And the bantering between Cullen and Bronwyn is very very lively and dramatic at times. But with Mary Wine, you just know that you will have a good time with her books, and In The Warrior’s Bed was high entertainment. We see the history and the culture of the Scottish clans and the complications of the Scottish Court at this time frame. I was pretty intrigued with seeing how this story played out in the end though. The romance is packed with tension, drama and seeing these two come from being enemies to lovers packs quite a punch.
I do love the way this pose is situated here….I love the purple tones and the gold detail on her dress.
In The Warrior’s Bed is a scottish romance that packs a powerful feel….its lively, historically crafted and riveting!!