Tracy’s rating: 2.5/3 of 5 stars
Series: The McTiernays, #8
Release Date: March 26, 2019
I am still trying to decide how I feel about this book…
The book starts out well, but Adanel is portrayed as a bit of a wanton, not that I have a problem with women knowing what they want and going for it – but it was a bit surprising. They meet while Adanel is bathing in a loch and Dugan, the McTiernay’s commander is checking on their outlying property. Dugan is a rake, he enjoys women, but trust none and has no desire to settle for one. He and Adanel quickly fall into lust and a secret affair begins.
Adanel’s father is cruel, evil man who killed her first love in front of her and since that time, she has wanted to escape. She begins to think Dugan might be the man to free her, but when her secrets come to light, Dugan is furious. When their affair is exposed and causes a clan war, he burns for vengeance.
The writing is good and the first half of the book is great, but then it just fell apart for me. These two had so much potential, but miscommunication or rather no communication paired with Dugan’s stubborn insistence that he was wronged, just wore me out. Yes, the love scenes are smokin’ and yes, there are some interesting storylines, but by the end of the book, I still wasn’t sure if these two had what it takes to be life-partners, because they still seemed to have a hard time actually talking to each other. Bottom line, I didn’t hate the book, but I wouldn’t read it again.
*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher.*