Series: Claimed by the Highlander #3
Published by Signet on December 2, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
In the Highlands of Scotland, love and passion rage as fiercely as the storms that sweep the land—and nothing comes between a clan and its laird, a lass and her kin, or man and his chosen woman...
Shunned by her village, weaver Morag Cameron lives a solitary existence in the woods—until the night she finds a sorely wounded Highlander by the loch. Under her care, the handsome warrior slowly recovers his strength, but his memories have disappeared. Morag is torn. For if she helps him regain his past, she may sacrifice a life with the man she has come to love...
Wulf MacCurran wants nothing more than to claim Morag as his own, but his past holds too many dangerous secrets—secrets that put them both in mortal danger. He must discover who attacked him and left him for dead. Traveling to Edinburgh, Wulf and Morag find themselves swept into a mystery with the power to determine the fate of their passions—and change Scotland forever...
This is an action novel trying to pose as a romance. And I was bored the whole time.
While the characters moved from one crisis to another, I simply didn’t care what happened to them, didn’t feel the tension because the crucial emotional connection between hero, heroine, and reader was missing. Instead, the narrative moved from one plot point to another without stopping to create the character development moments necessary to help form those connections.
The villain of this story was cliched, simply, and easy to predict at every turn. Much of the setup of the fight between the hero Wulf and the villain as well as Wulf and Morag’s developing relationship takes place either before the book begins or off-page.
I will say that this is one of the most well-researched, historically accurate romance novels I have read. It was the small, subtle details that really brought this world of medieval Scotland to life. But all the research in the world cannot make up for lack of character development and connection.
This is the third book in a series and I think that perhaps you really need to have read the first two to get a better appreciation and understanding of this book. Reading this as a standalone, I must say that you should borrow this if you enjoy books set in medieval Scotland, but otherwise don’t bother. Go read the first two books in the series first because this did not work well as a standalone novel.