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Two years ago, English noblewoman, Elyssia De Montford, risked her life to free the Highlander held prisoner by her sadistic fiancé. She cannot forget the man who first stirred her heart–a memory that burns anew when she finds herself once more on the road to Scotland.
Tavish MacLean has sworn vengeance. It’s been six years since his beloved sister was raped and murdered by an English lord, a tragedy which almost destroyed his family. On his deathbed, his father demanded retribution and Tavish pledged before his clan to enslave the lord’s daughter then send her back to her father, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. When he learns that she is travelling north, he seizes his opportunity and orders her abduction.
But when his men fling the prisoner before him, Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life. Loyalty to his clan trumps the debt he owes her and he claims Elyssia as his captive. Though she’s one of the hated English, her willing body ignites passion in him at night, though she fights him at every turn during the day. As time passes, he questions his loyalty, finding himself increasingly enthralled by his fiery captive.
Treachery surrounds Clan MacLean. When long-buried secrets come to light, Tavish must risk his life and his clan, or all that he holds dear will be destroyed.
About the Author :
Emily Royal is a mathematics geek who grew up in Sussex, UK and has always had a passion for romance and strong alpha heroes. After graduating from Oxford University and enjoying a brief dream of becoming an airline pilot, she started a career in financial services in order to indulge her love of mathematics.
She now lives in rural Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of pets including Twinkle, an attention-seeking boa constrictor. She reignited her passion for romance when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association under their New Writers’ Scheme.
When not working on algebra or keeping Twinkle from slithering over the keyboard, Emily enjoys painting and playing the piano. She can often be found wandering about the hills of Scotland looking for inspiration.
‘The Sins of the Sire’ is the debut novel of Emily Royal and I’m afraid I must say it shows a bit, especially in the beginning.
In the first few chapters I encountered some hard to believe scenarios/actions.
But somehow the story captivated my attention and I couldn’t put it down.
I guess it’s because I early on looked at it as historical fiction, rather than the romance genre it’s categorized in.
If you do that, you’ll find it, like me, masterfully written as it stays really true to the brutality of this period of history.
It overall shows a great historical accuracy, for which I applaud the author.
Does it mean I understand the main characters better?
I think it does, mostly, but it doesn’t make it easy to read at times.
It’s very dark and it lacks a more gentyl romance.
I definitely wished the hero, if you can call him that, was more remorseful for example, and the heroine less acceptant of her situation somehow.
Other than that I must say it was a fascinating, albeit gloomy, read.
If you don’t expect a lovey-dovey romance you’re good to go and you’ll be, just like me, waiting for the sequel to come as soon as possible!
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