With all the Highlander romances out there, you would think there are no more original ideas left to be had - but nope! Allison Hanson has managed to make a very original romance between a Highland soldier and a murderess duchess on the run from the law, and I am here for it. It was so entertaining, and I fell in love with all of the characters. Sure, some things you do have to suspend belief for, but most books I love stretch the realm of possibility a bit. That's why I read them! I loved the creativity, the passion, the romance...it had it all. I'm excited that this is just the first in a series, so I have lots of look forward to.
Cameron MacKinlay had just managed to get out of marrying one woman when he suddenly finds himself with an armful of another one, claiming to be his wife and being chased by English soldiers. Not a fan of the English and always willing to help out a lady in distress, Cameron doesn't deny her claim, and when a piece of her dress wraps around their hands, it becomes all too real. In Scotland, declaring your married while holding hands is as good as being wedded in a church, and now they are both married whether they want it or not. Marian Blackley was the Duchess of Endsmere up until she killed her abusive husband, and she flees to Scotland to be with her sister, who is the wife of a Scottish laird. A Scotswoman herself, she wants to be home, but she isn't able to outrun the law forever. Cameron promises to protect her, but as danger draws closer and Marian is forced to acknowledge the danger she brings to the clan, their budding love may not be enough to save her.
This was probably the most comical way I have read about two people meeting who are destined to fall in love. Cameron is a large man, and she literally climbs him like a tree. From then on, their relationship was something that made me misty-eyed and wanting to go out and find my own love. Marian's backstory was terrible and may trigger those of you who are uncomfortable reading about marital abuse. Her husband was vile, and she had so much healing to do over the course of this story. Thankfully, she was given a hero who was patient, kind, and generous with his love. He didn't care what had happened in the past but instead wanted to make sure Marian had a future. Towards the end, I felt her decisions were a little abrupt, and I worried how their relationship would mend. However, it does, and I think it's all the stronger for it.
I'm very excited for the next book in the series! Clan MacKinlay is fast becoming a favorite of mine, and I'm eager to see who is next up to fall in love.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**