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- Print Length: 108 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Worlds (September 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LMHID1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
World of de Wolfe Pack: The Highlander's Challenge (Kindle Worlds Novella) Kindle Edition
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Two years later, peace is declared. Part of the agreed upon treaty is the marriage of the Rose of de Wolfe (Bridget) to the Highlander Aiden MacAlister. Bridget looks forward to this, as she remembers this Scott, and acquiesces to the demand to marry. Bridget knows that this Scott is the one that killed Richard. Her intent is to avenge her brother Richard’s death. She is willing to give her life to achieve this, if that is what is warranted.
Aiden MacAlister and his family welcome Bridget and her entourage. He mistakes her for her blonde lady in waiting, who is riding upon the plain horse being escorted by a knight. However, once the travelers are inside the manor and proper introductions are made, the knight takes off her helmet. Aiden immediately recognizes the beautiful Avenging Angel that he left to live on the battlefield as the woman he is now to marry.
It is an arranged marriage, forged by the wishes of their king and the acquiescence of both parties and their families-- each for their own personal reasons. A tenuous treaty of peace and the personal needs of the bride and groom are not the only forces at play in the survival of this relationship. But things don’t always go as planned, and Aiden and Bridget soon find themselves in a fight for their marriage, their future and their very lives.
Madeline Martin’s deft development of Bridget and Aiden’s character on these few novella pages is perfection. You know these people. Aiden is fair, and a true gentleman. He is not only handsome and strong, but a gentle man who loves his family and treats them with respect and kindness. At the same time, he has the temperament and respect of a fierce leader. Bridget is both the lady and a warrior. She is patient with others, and her kindness radiates from the pages of the story, warming and winning the hearts of Aiden’s family-- at the same time that she wins over the reader’s heart. Martin cleverly writes so that Bridget’s plight becomes the reader’s plight, and you, the reader, are with her in each struggle. She does the same with Aiden’s character. She doesn’t just develop the primary characters. Her secondary characters are heavily involved in this novella. My hope is that this book becomes a prequel to more of this family! Five stars!
I loved this book - I would even venture to say that this is my favorite Madeline Martin book to date.
I LOVED Aidan - LOVED, LOVED, LOVED him! He is everything I want in a hero, he is kind, protective, patient and loves his family. Did I mention that I love him? It bears repeating.
Bridget and Aidan first meet in battle - her brother has just been killed and she attacks the man standing over his body. Aidan defends himself and once Bridget has been knocked out, he realizes that she is not a knight and decides to let her live.
Fast forward two years, Bridget has been ordered to marry Aidan to further the peace treaty between England and Scotland. She agrees to marry, but has plans for revenge against the man that killed her beloved brother.
Aidan is not thrilled to marry Bridget, but for the sake of his family, he will. He is astounded to learn his bride is the woman he left on the battlefield years ago and even more surprised to see how lovely she is.
Bridget can barely stand looking at the man who killed her brother, but she also can't help noticing how handsome he is and she is shocked to see how loving his is to his young brother and sister. She does not want to admire this man, he is her enemy and she will avenge her brother's death.
On their wedding night, Bridget finally gets her chance, but an interruption by Aidan's young brother thwarts her plan. She can't in good conscience do to Rabbie what was done to her and she is left wondering how she will be able to live with Aidan in an unwanted marriage.
Weeks pass and these two avoid each other, but Bridget gets to know his siblings, Rabbie and Cailean. Bridget is a warrior, but she is also a kind-hearted person and she can't help but admire Aidan for his devotion to his siblings, as she begins to learn more about the man she has married, the more confused she becomes - she tries to hold on to her hatred, but it is getting harder every passing day.
When Aidan agrees to let Bridget train with his men, he wants a real marriage and figures if he gives a little, so will she.
When Bridget is badly beaten in practice, Aidan nurses her back to health and Bridget begins to warm up to him. When they finally consummate their marriage, Ms. Martin did a spectacular job of explaining Bridget's conflicting feelings to the reader. It was really well done. I felt the hope, the anguish, the betrayal and confusion.
When they return to the castle it is to find chaos and soldiers preparing for battle. Aidan orders Bridget to stay at the castle and protect Rabbie and Cailean.
While Aiden has ridden off to confront the English, an unexpected visitor comes to see Bridget and offers her freedom, she finally has to admit to herself that she is in love with Aiden and doesn't want to leave.
There is a final life and death confrontation in which truths are revealed and love is declared.
SIGH - I love Aidan, did I mention that?
My one and only complaint is that the story was short and left me wanting more! The writing was excellent, the love scenes hot, the battle scenes were a little violent (but not gory), the villain was beastly and the final scene was amazing! I would highly recommend this book, even though it is part of the de Wolfe world, it is easily read as a stand alone title.
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