Torn between duty and desire, a knight and his lady must decide if their love is worth the price of treason.
Madeline Campbell has been whisked away from her uncle’s barony to be reunited with her family in the Scottish Highlands. Her happy reunion quickly sours when she realizes her father intends to present her as a bride to the winner of the Highland Tournament. With no one to turn to for comfort or guidance, Madeline chooses to do her duty to her clan as well as her father and marry the winner.
An English knight has no place on Scottish soil, but Alexander must complete the mission with which he was tasked. Find Madeline and ensure her safety. When he finds her, he must decide between his honorable duty and his love for Madeline.
No one can deny their attraction and their desire for one another, but when it sparks jealousy in the other clansmen, they have no alternative but to run. Secrets emerge from the shadows of the past and threaten to tear their happiness apart. How can one choose between their duty and their heart?
Publisher and Release Date: Breathless Press, July 2014
Time and setting: Medieval England
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Reviewer rating: 3.5 stars
Review by Vikki
This book picks up where An Irresistible Shadow ends, so it’s actually a continuation of that story. However, it isn’t necessary to read it before this book, although I would recommend it. I thoroughly enjoyed An Irresistible Shadow, and it is well worth the time it takes to read. Both books have some sterling moments that are sure to delight readers who enjoy a good medieval romance.
In A Shadow’s Kiss, Madeline Campbell’s brother, Angus, shows up during a tournament, takes her away and carries her back to her home in the Scottish Highlands. Her heart aches for the loss of her cousin Evelyn, her uncle and of course, Sir Alexander, the solemn English knight who rarely smiles, yet who has won her tender heart.
It has been ten years since Madeline left her home, and when she arrives her other brothers, her father and her ten year-old sister, Heather, are waiting on the steps of the castle to greet her. This is the first time she’s seen Heather since they lost their mother when the child was born. While she wants to embrace this sweet, lively girl it’s a bitter-sweet meeting.
Before she even has a chance to settle in, Madeline’s father tells her that he’s holding a tournament and that the victor of this event will win her hand in marriage. While she is outraged and feels that she is being used as a pawn in the political games of the highlands, she feels her duty belongs to her family and a marriage with one of her father’s rivals will hopefully bring peace between the clans.
Concerned when Madeline disappears during the Baron of Rayne’s tournament, her father sends Sir Alexander after her to make sure she is safe. When Alexander arrives at the castle, he meets Angus and he agrees to participate in the tournament in the hopes of winning Madeline’s hand. Every chance encounter ignites the passion between the couple, and their love for each other grows. Alexander is determined to win the tournament and marry his fair lady. When tempers get out of hand, the couple runs. Can their love survive, or will duty and honor keep them apart?
This story has plenty of plot twists, which kept me turning the pages. It’s a fast read with deep emotion and good character development, although I do wish Ms. Blacketer had included a few more historical details. For example. Robert the Bruce dies during her story, and she could have incorporated that with her framework. Personally, I like a bit more history intermingled with my romance. The other issue I have with this book is that some of the author’s terminology is way too modern.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story and will probably read Angus’ book, which I’m sure is next in the series. Ms. Blacketer gives the reader just enough interesting details regarding Angus and his possible ladylove to keep her readers coming back for more.