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Although Maggie's father is Laird of their clan, the McBedes are a sept of the McCay clan, of which Bold (Talorc the Bold) is laird. I think that means he was an overlord of sorts and they owe him fealty. In any event, the best part of the story is Bold's single-minded determination to make Maggie his. The man pretty much became obsessed with Maggie from stories he heard about her, told by her brothers and the other men of her clan; stories about her bravery and her fiery nature. When stories about her past deeds inspire the up to then defeated men, to win a battle, Bold decides he will marry Maggie, sight unseen; a woman of her strength of character and bravery would make him an excellent mate and produce a bevy of equally strong brave children. LOL Even though he decides to marry Maggie, Bold expects to be disappointed with her physical appearance once he lays eyes on her. Well, this is a romance novel, so you know THAT doesn't happen. LOL! Instead, the opposite is true. There is an instant, combustible chemistry between Maggie and Bold, one which confuses and scares the innocent beauty. However, Maggie is determined not to marry a warrior, and Bold is the quintessential warrior--he has a reputation of being fierce and fearless on the battlefield; a strong leader of men.
Bold uses every method at his disposal, both fair and foul, to get Maggie to marry him. It was equal parts fun, equal parts uncomfortable for me to read about the methods he used to get her to agree. In the end, she agrees not to marriage, but to a handfasting...now all she has to do is keep her heart and her body safe and in a year and a day, she'll once again be a free woman. But there's a conspiracy against Maggie, one to keep her married to Bold, one which is forged by none other than her family. Unknown to Maggie, once a couple consummates a handfasting, they become husband and wife, just as surely as if they had been married in a church. This little fact is one that Maggie's mother conveniently forgets to tell her. LOL Anyhow, the couple marry and travel to Bold's home, and the story quickly progresses.
There is a personal vendetta against Bold, and a conspiracy to see the McKay clan destroyed, as well as its allies. Maggie is in the way of the villains plot, thus a murder plot against her life is hatched. Bold must keep Maggie safe, while continuing his campaign to get her to willingly give herself to him, so that he can make their marriage a permanent one...her mother made him promise not to force Maggie. The romance between the two is the focus of the story with the conspiracy/murder plot adding plenty of intrigue and action to the plot. Overall, it made for a very romantic, very exciting read. FYI, this is not a clean story. There are a couple of love scenes; although IMO, they are not overly graphic, nor is there any crude language used. My only complaint, aside from the mild editing issue, is that when the villain is uncovered, there was talk about banishment. I had to wonder if they hadn't learned their lesson about banishment--he doesn't work! Anyhow, I'm happy to report that someone took matters into their own hands and killed the bastard. Thus all ended as it should with everyone getting exactly what they deserved. Happy reading!
But as a complete book, all i can say is grab your copy and enjoy it. Like me, you won't want to put it down. At some points i caught myself daydreaming about warriors in plaids and feisty lasses taming their hearts. It is also a good source of info on handfasting, and i liked hoe the author used that in this story.