Heart of the Highlands: The Beast by April Holthaus

For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new enemy. 

Synopsis - 

In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces the threat of his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out among the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection. He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.

Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian's mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.

Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.

Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira's secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?

Review - 

While it does not involve time travel, Heart of the Highlands echoes the very popular Outlander series. It is also a historical romance set in Scotland during medieval times with the main characters a strong female, Keira, caught up in world affairs she does not understand and a Highland warrior, Ian, who captures her on route to her arranged marriage. 

What follows is a slow unfolding of the politics and loyalties of the clans as Ian and Keira hearts slowly open to their growing attraction.  Who to trust and where safety lies is never 100% clear.  But it becomes evident to Keira that even her father's motives in her planned marriage were not honourable and the man she was to wed a traitor.

Ian leaves her with kinsmen he feel will keep her safe as he heads off on an important mission. Alas, that turns out not to be the case.  Keira's confession to a priest about what had been happening at her home castle paints her as a traitor and she is confined in a prison cell until her trial.

Will Ian return in time to deal with the new threat?  Is there a way open to save her life?  You'll have to read this well-crafted tale to find out.  Strong characters and a well-crafted tale will keep you turning pages from start to finish.

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Meet The Author - 

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April is an Award-Winning Author for her Scottish Historical Romances. For more than ten years, she has worked full time in the direct marketing business, but developed a passion of historical romances through her love of reading, history and genealogy. ​

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