Favorite Lines: “Marguerite was the one person who had never treated him as if he were weak-minded or less than whole. in her eyes, he had been the warrior he wanted to be.” (p. 70, e-galley)
Love the cover!
HIS SILENT STRENGTH REACHED OUT TO HER
After years of brutal torture, Callum MacKinloch is finally free of his captors—but his voice is still held prisoner. He’d never let anyone hear him scream. Although Lady Marguerite de Montpierre’s chains may be invisible, they threaten to tie her to a loveless and cruel marriage.
When Marguerite discovers Callum waiting to die, her heart aches for the warrior beneath the suffering—but
they can have no future. Yet she is the one woman with the power to tame the rage locked inside him. Maybe he can find another reason to live…for her.
The MacKinloch Clan: Highland warriors prepared to fight fiercely for their country…and for love
Tempted by the Highland Warrior is a star-crossed lovers, historical romance set in 1305 Scotland. There’s the poor enslaved Highlander and the rich Noblewoman who wants him, but is promised in marriage to a wealthy nobleman. She is innocent and empathetic to everyone to the point that she is afraid to grab happiness for herself. This is understandable when the period of time is considered. It frustrated me because at times it felt like she’d never risk it all for the man she loved.
Callum had such a raw deal that I needed him to get whatever made him happy. He has a strong desire to better himself and profess his love for the woman who unknowingly became his lifeline. He was quick witted and devoted. A worthy hero. (I kept wondering about his “smooth” skills. He couldn’t do a lot because he was a prisoner, but he knew what to do with a pretty woman. lol)
Tempted by the Highland Warrior takes the reader on a journey with the characters and across the country. Both Callum and Marguerite had growing up to do before the reader could believe in their happily ever after. By the time the story ends, they’ve matured and become vocal advocates for themselves. The story managed to convey tons of emotion by the hero’s actions, instead of his words. His inability sometimes felt like a disability to him, but in reality–when it came to the girl–it had little effect. She saw love in his heart that had nothing to do with pretty words he may have wanted to spout.
Tempted by the Highland Warrior is book three in Willingham’s MacKinloch Clan series and can be read as a stand alone.