♥She has been hiding her true identity for years . . . will this Highland warrior uncover her disguise, and her heart? ♥
After the death of her mother and brother at the hands of the MacKays, Brenna has hidden her identity, pretending to be a lad named Bren. She is comfortable with this guise until she meets a warrior trekking across the Highlands to join the Bruce.
That man happens to be Rafael MacKay, a devilishly handsome Highlander who is also in hiding. He’s taken on the name of Rafe MacLeod, as his MacKay kin are despised by many. And when he meets a strange lad named Bren, he has no compunctions of keeping that lie going.
Until Rafe learns that Bren is really Brenna, and he understands why he had such an odd reaction to her. But she knows him as Rafe MacLeod. Her hiding is a result of a tragic history, and the last thing he wants to do is complicate matters by admitting who he truly is.
Unfortunately, as his love for Brenna deepens, he learns more of her history and realizes if she ever discovers who he is, she would hate him forever. But he doesn’t expect her to fall for him as well, and they have to keep their love hidden from the distrustful eyes of her clan.
When the moment comes that Rafe’s true identity is discovered and he realizes he could lose everything, Rafe is most distraught that Brenna might turn from him, that his MacKay ties will be stronger than his passionate ties to Brenna.
And at that final hour, Brenna must make a choice – a choice that will mean life or death for Rafe.
Fiery-haired Aila Blogh is the Caledonii chieftain’s daughter and the healer for the village – an untrained healer in her own eyes. When she is unable to save one of her kin from a sickness, she makes up her mind to search out a wisewoman, someone who can train her to be a true healer.
Eian MacLaurin has been in love with Aila since he was a lad. Her skilled training means she must keep him at arm’s length, Eian doesn’t falter. He remains loyally by her side even as he pines for her. Aila decides to seek out the wise woman, and Eian doesn’t hesitate – he meets her at the gate to go with her. Alone on their journey, they find it difficult to keep their passion for each other at bay.
Once they find the wise woman, Ulha teaches Aila about more than just herbs and healing. Aila soon understands the significance of her emotions for Eian and just how deep her own desire for him runs. Their love becomes a fire that consumes them completely.
All that is threatened when the strange man turns on Ulha, and his village thinks she is the cause of the sickness that has taken some of their own. Suddenly Aila’s life is a stake. What this other tribe doesn’t know is the depth of Eian and Aila’s love, or just how far Eian will go to save the woman he loves.
Eian strikes out to retrieve them, willing to let the world burn to rescue Aila.
But the villagers are not what Aila expects. Then the situation takes a deadly turn against Eian and Ulha, and Aila must call on everything she has learned to save them all.
For more than a decade, while the First War of Scottish Independence rages, fierce warrior Conall MacGregor has dreamed of the revenge he will have against the man who robbed him of his family and home. To this end, he abducts the daughter of his enemy, hoping to force a marriage and reclaim what is rightfully his. He has no idea that the stubborn lass will turn his world upside-down, and that he will be the one held captive.
Half-English Tess Munro has no plans to shame her father and people by wedding MacGregor the Murderer. Despite her tremendous fear and a regrettable liking of his kisses, she staunchly refuses to wed him. She tries often to escape, both Conall and the hateful people of Inesfree, who leave no question about their absolute distrust and dislike of the Munro prisoner.
Soon, Conall’s reasons for stealing Tess grow more distant, and Tess’s desire to flee begins to fade, but a threat greater than their own pride will challenge the very fragile existence of their growing desire for each other.
Scotland, 1455. King James the Second is caught in a bitter feud with the powerful Black Douglas clan.
After the king’s latest insult – the unjust confiscation of Douglas lands – Lord John Douglas, Earl of Kildrummond, fears his quiet realm will be next. In a bid to thwart the king’s ambition, the ailing nobleman deems that his successor will not be a Douglas. Instead, Kildrummond will pass to a distant relation: the landless, wealthless Lachlan Ramsay. There is one catch, however … Lachlan must marry Lord Kildrummond’s illegitimate daughter, Moira MacInnes.
Lachlan does not wish for a wife. Moira does not wish for a husband. The arrangement on offer, however, will give them both the one thing they do wish for: Kildrummond. If they agree to marry – on the understanding that they will have the union swiftly annulled upon the earl’s death – they will both get what they want.
It is a simple enough plan, but can they carry their deception through to the end? When passions ignite, will Moira and Lachlan discover they want more than just Kildrummond?