Set in treacherous sixteenth-century Scotland, the first volume of Amanda Scott’s Border Trilogy tells the unforgettable story of a woman sworn to defy the knight she is forced to wed—only to discover a love she’ll do anything to claim
As Mary, Queen of Scots, languishes in the Tower of London as a prisoner of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, war tears Scotland apart. To save her beloved homeland, a proud Highland beauty named Mary Kate MacPherson must wage her own battle when she’s forced into wedlock with a knight, Sir Adam Douglas, from the barbaric borderland of Tornary.
Even as she succumbs to her seductive husband’s sensual demands, Mary Kate vows never to give him her heart. She will belong to no man. But Adam burns with something deeper than desire. Sworn to carry out a long-awaited revenge, he won’t rest until he has vanquished his enemies. Accused of treason, the last thing he expects is to lose his heart to the woman he’s determined to tame but never to love: his own wife.
Heat level 2
Review rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by: Sabrina
The first chapter of this book has to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It is here we are introduced to Mary Kate MacPherson and Sir Adam Douglas. I was pulled into this story from page one and I found the circumstances surrounding Mary Kate’s and Sir Douglas’s first encounter quite interesting and full of promise.
Fast forward a couple of months and Mary Kate learns that her father has promised her hand in marriage to none other than Sir Douglas. She is convinced he has done so only because Sir Douglas is wealthy for everyone knows the borderers are barbaric men who treat their woman ill. Failing in her attempt to have her father reverse the marriage promise, Mary Kate decides she will not lose herself by becoming her husband’s chattel. She will show him what highland women are made of.
Sir Adam Douglas was looking to tame a certain highland lass and sought his revenge by marrying her. She would now be dependent upon his good-will and Sir Douglas is a man who requires obedience from his wife. That she was beautiful and presented a challenge to him only intensified his desire to have and control her.
What ensues is quite an adventure as Mary Kate tries to remain an independent woman and Sir Douglas tries to reign in his impulsive, headstrong wife. During each attempt, I believe they were their own worst enemy and it is easy to see how things got out of control. But, is it possible that through this all a love develops?
With descriptive details of Scotland; charming supportive characters and a long turbulent road for our main characters this is a story that provided many twists and turns and an ultimate satisfying ending.
About the Author:
A fourth-generation Californian of Scottish descent, Amanda Scott is the author of more than fifty romantic novels, many of which appeared on the USA Today bestseller list. Her Scottish heritage and love of history (she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at Mills College and California State University, San Jose, respectively) inspired her to write historical fiction. Credited by Library Journal with starting the Scottish romance subgenre, Scott has also won acclaim for her sparkling Regency romances. She is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award (for Lord Abberley’s Nemesis, 1986) and the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. She lives in central California with her husband. For more information on Amanda Scott’s novels, please visit the official website.