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- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (December 29, 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1728200350
- ISBN-13 : 978-1728200354
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.5 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #435,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Craig and Annie meet again when he and Graham come to the castle with several men from their army to rest and recover before the next battle. There is no denying the attraction Annie feels for Craig, but now is not the time for romance – they both have important work to do and can’t afford the distraction. Craig and Graham leave and shortly after, dragoons arrive and beat Logan, take several of the men prisoners and torch the castle. After seeing to the wounded and sending Logan and the others to their cousin in the lowlands, Annie escapes with her maid and a few men to find Graham and let him know what has happened. But instead of finding her brother – she finds the gruesome aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. While frantically trying to find her brother, she manages to find a few men that have been left for dead – Craig among them. When it is clear the dragoons are returning to kill any survivors, she and her small group take the few men she was able to save and find shelter. But the danger has just begun and HEA is but a dream.
I thought this was a very good story, I felt that it had more romance than the previous book, but I still wouldn’t go as far as to call this a historical romance novel. And despite the fun and flirty series name and the book titles – this is not a fun, flirty read – it is heartbreaking, tragic, and gritty. Ms. Knight doesn’t shy away from the devastation of Culloden and is equally as frank about the treatment the Scottish people endured at the hands of the English. At times the story was hard to read, but beneath the loss, pain, and gore, Ms. Knight was able to show the reader the indomitable spirit and dedication of the Jacobites – it was very well done and touched my heart. I loved Annie and Craig, my heart broke for them and the challenges and struggles they faced in their fight to put Prince Charlie on the throne, their romance was muted and somewhat dimmed by the tragedies they faced, but when they were together, it was magic and the love scenes fell somewhere between “very warm” and “steamyish”. There were a few things in this book that I wish the author had addressed/followed through with and there were a couple of contradictions that left me scratching my head, but overall, it was a good read and I would recommend it. This is the second book in the series, but it could easily be read as a standalone title.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *
I confess I pushed forward my reading of this book after reading some reviews telling it was a rather dark story. And yes, I must agree it is not one for the faint-hearted, it has plenty of gruesome details as the Culloden battle is described in all its horror and the afterwards effects on the still living soldiers left on the battlefield.
I have plenty of time read about this battle, but never from the inside, so much I googled it and what I read is even worse than I thought.
The author does a great job rendering the violence of this moment, yet told from the point of view of her hero, it is still ugly but with a more human dimension, which is more bearable.
Then from her heroine’s side, Eliza Knight describes perfectly the trauma and anguish of those waiting on the sidelines.
I remember having been moved by the first book, the heroine was astonishing and has been magnificently brought to life under the ink and words of the writer with a ideally shaped hero for her. And here, the author does not disappoint. Craig and Annie are awesome together, ready to sacrifice everything for one another and the others.
Annie devoted her life to help the wounded and the sick, so much she follows them in battles and is not afraid to stand close by in order to be able to reach them as soon as possible.
Because of her choice of life, she kind of puts aside the idea of romance until her elder brother’s best friend’s appearance unsettle her. She fights her attraction, determined he is not a man for her with everything they all have at stake.
Craig went through many hardships to become the man he is now, but he rose himself with his hard work to the rank he is now. But he has done everything right to be proud about. Why he tries to dose his pull toward his best friend’s sister. She is a lady, he is a mere soldier.
Their romance is a beautiful one, as they fight for their life and survival, they draw closer to one another’s heart, until their surrender to their affinity but danger is lurking close by, and physical harm is threatening to fall on them.
Their love is one born of blood and ash, as though from the horrors, love is the only force able to survive and last through everything else.
𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen detailed foreplays and lovemaking scenes.
As usual Eliza brings the past alive, to the point of horrifying reality of how fierce and brutal the war between England and Scotland played out. Culloden being the focal point in this story with our warrior hero, Craig MacLean, and his best friend's sister, Annie MacPherson, healer for Prince Charlie and the wounded men who fought for him.
Prepare to become immersed and not able to stop once you turn the first page. A must read!
I will admit that there were times when I couldn't read the words on the page. Not because the writing is bad but because of the intense scenes, the fighting, and the death (no spoilers I promise!). While this book has a happy ending (more than one actually), it is filled with darkness and despair that will have you on the edge of your seat, much like the movies mentioned above.
I can't wait until the third book comes out and, much like a movie junkie, I know that I will binge on all three at once. Because that's what you do with great stories!
I’ll not give spoilers so you can enjoy for yourself.
Ms. Knight sweeps you in with her gift of storytelling that embraces believable characters, historically accurate events, attention to details with steamy passion and intrigue while not shying away from the the true brutality, pain and loss during this time in history.
She has easily become one of my favorite historical authors of all time!