Highland Avenger by Julie Johnstone
Genre: Historical, Romance
Duty drove him to possess her, but love will drive him to his knees.
Eight years ago, savage Scots invaded Eve Decres’s home, murdering her family and plunging her into a nightmare. As sole heir to a strategically located castle on the border between Scotland and England, Eve became a prize to be wedded and bedded, and she fled into hiding. She survived by clinging to two dreams: one day reclaiming her inheritance, and finding love to build a new family from the ashes of her loss. But on the verge of beginning her journey to make her dreams reality, she makes a fatal error that alerts her enemies to her whereabouts.
Now, Eve is catapulted into a world of feuding clans and warring kingdoms where she’s forced to make a choice that threatens to destroy her chance at freedom and shatter her heart. Amid treachery and violence, she soon discovers her only hope dwells in tying herself to Grant Fraser, a noble, fierce Highland warrior. Though passion smolders between them, Grant is bent on vengeance and sworn to a duty that would thwart her own plans.
Bound by desperation but separated by conflicting desires, the spitfire lass and the determined laird must relinquish what they’ve long held sacred in order to overcome their foes and claim a glorious, unconquerable love.
From the bestselling author of the Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts series comes a new, richly drawn Scottish historical romance saga! The Renegade Scots series sweeps you into medieval Scotland and England and transports you into dangerous deceptions and daring feats with swoon-worthy heroes and fiery romances!
Also by this author: When a Scot Gives His Heart, Outlaw King, How to Heal a Highland Heart br> br>
Read for Review (NetGalley)
Overall Rating: 5.00
1296: Valley of Blood Borderland between England and Scotland:
Eve Decres, age 10, is the heir to her father’s Linlithian Castle. She has a younger sister, Mary. One evening she was kidnapped and forced to watch the killing of her parents and their knights. A stableman tried to free the girls and their maids. Eve saw her sister trampled by a horse and she went over her horse’s head into the water below.
1306: Scotland: Grant Fraser, his younger brother Thomas and his elder brother, Simon, are running for their lives as they have been betrayed. Probably by the MacDougall clan who said they would support Robert the Bruce but lied. Grant, along with Ross MacLorh, helped the Bruce, his wife and most of the men to safety, but learn Simon has been caught. Branded a traitor, Simon was beheaded. Grant and Ross plan revenge by capturing Laird MacDougall.
Eve Decres and her companion, Clara, have been hiding in Scotland at a convent. She has exchanged letters with her uncle who is running her castle until she is 18. King Edward had gifted her family with Linlithian, allowing her father’s heir to be a daughter if she is the first born. As Eve is now 18, she hopes to marry and live in her castle. She has spent time learning to protect herself and use a sword. Eve discovers Clara never sent her letters because Clara believes her uncle was the one to betray her father. While at the convent, she is captured by the MacDougall’s son.
I have tried to write this review to entice you, but not spoil this wonderful book. There is so much going on it’s very hard to put down. It’s a keeper for me!