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Unusual Highlander love story
on February 12, 2012
Aishlinn's life was up to now a real nightmare. Her mother died when she was very young. She was risen by her stepfather and her three stepbrothers who treated her even worse than the last maid, not even shrinking back from abusing her physically and mentally. When they bartered her to a notorious nobleman who was well known for raping young women and who tried to do just that to her she escapes after having been heavily beaten and mistreated. The knight who helped her to escape advised her to flee to the Highlands where her clan might help her. She doesn't know what he means but after being on the run for some days she runs into Duncan and his friends who are trailing sheep thieves. They're shocked by her condition and after having found out what she did in order to escape the nobleman Duncan decides that Aishlinn should be taken for protection to the Highlands. And the story begins....
A neatly arranged plot with interesting twists and turns that kept my attention from the start to the end. Nicely written, especially in difficult passages, such as the love scene, where language is crucial in determining the difference between trivial and quality. Since the author mastered this difficulty with such elegance I would've liked if there had been more romantic scenes between Duncan and Aishlinn and especially earlier in the plot.
Duncan was an adorable main character, all super male but with his insecurities and doubts that made him even more realistic.
Aishlinn was a complex and slightly weaker counterpart. She was presented as a strong woman who grew stronger through her ordeal as well as the love and friendship she found in her "new" life. However, her behavior, insecurities and actions could not support the depicted transformation from a subdued girl to a self-conscious young woman. More specifically, her obsession of not being "bonny" and deserving a partner like Duncan next to her, as well as her childish, immature and inconsiderate action, especially toward the end of the story line didn't really support her "evolution" but convinced me that she still would've a long way to go. In any case, she was a likeable heroine, although greatly overshadowed by Duncan.
Despite the fact that the book had far too many lucky turns for my taste (can't really tell you more without spoiling) I would recommend it. It's a nice and entertaining read.