Mass Market Paperback, 291 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…
They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…
Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?
Plot: Exciting. Its a story of revenge and forbidden romance! Two things that I cant resist! Also there's a good amount of politics going on through out the story as well and I really enjoyed that! It was fast paced and kept entertained and coming back for more!
Characters: They were all good! I really liked Elspeth! She was a strong willed young women who showed loyalty to her clan and her father and behaved very bravely in the situation in which she was being forced into. And Niall was also likable. He was a little more stereotypical brave macho man but still likable and sweet. The other characters were also likable enough. Not to memorable but at least there weren't any that were dislikable enough to be remembered.
At its best: The romance was obviously the best part! It kept me swooning and rooting for them! At one point I think I was smiling so hard and caught myself and ... stopped. (I was out in public...)
At its worst: It had some sexist parts buts its a historical romance so its to be expected. It also came close to sexual assault so if that might trigger you, maybe skip this one.
Read again: Yes!
Continue series: Yes! there are two more books in the series and I cant wait to get to them!
Final thoughts: It was a pleasure to read! Lily Blackwood did really good and her writing was very nice! I thoroughly enjoyed!