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Laird of the Mist (MacGregors) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2007
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New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.
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PROTECTING HER WAS HIS PASSION
High-born though she is, Kate Campbell isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy: Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless.
POSSESSING HER WOULD BE HIS PLEASURE
Callum MacGregor has taken many Campbell lives, but he's never saved one--until now. Mesmerized by this spirited lass, he wants her by his side, even if it means holding her for ransom. As his fingers graze her sumptuous curves and tangle in her unruly tresses, Callum realizes Kate Campbell is his most dangerous foe of all. For he can't make love to her without betraying his kinsmen and his honor...and surrendering his heart forever.
The Romeo-Juliet romance that follows is played out as they travel their way back to Callum's mountain home. There are some nice side characters - Callum's animal-loving sister stands out.
The writing style has a few issues. A single sentence can use the same action word twice. Dialogue changes tone without warning, and changes in scene or time can be confusing. There's a number of "foreign" words used without enough surrounding description to make their meaning clear. So that can make a scene which might be wonderfully rich in imagery become a confusing muddle.
Kate's skill with a sword is quite reasonably portrayed. She practices daily because the dangers are right outside the walls. She knows she needs to be quick, light, and agile to evade a stronger man's attack. And even with her skill, after 15 minutes on the battlefield she is completely exhausted and ready to drop. So I found that quite realistically laid out.
On the other hand, some of the other fighting descriptions seemed fairly generic. I would have hoped, with the sword skills of the heroine being a distinctive trait, that the related activity would have been described with more detail.
In addition, it always irks me when a heroine gets a strong start and then by the middle and end she's sighing and rolling her eyes as her strong, brave man does everything. We have that here. In the first scenes she's sure with a blade and takes on the challenge. By the end a fairly long sequence of events happens and somehow she's helpless and unable to do anything throughout all of it.
Still, while those issues did affect the story, to me they did not detract from an overall enjoyment of how the adventure played out. I liked very much that the hero had a deeply flawed background, that he had a path forged in his mind, and that he had to fight to open his mind to peace. I liked that his sister had those same struggles. Yes, one could say the hero and heroine were a bit crazy in love, but that's not unusual in most romance novels. I was very grateful that even in his rages that the author never resorted to having him abuse the heroine. I like that the hero respected the heroine's strength and that his struggle was with his own torments - not with dominating her.
So despite its flaws, I enjoyed this story, and I was just as happy by the resolution of some of the side-stories as I was by the ending between the two main characters.
The story is about a high-born heroine, Kate Campbell, who isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy: Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless.
You will not be disappointed in buying and reading Laird of the Mist.