Title: The Beast of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/ Highlanders
Author: Lily Blackwood
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, May 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…
They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…
Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?
I thought I did not have this book for review but there it was on my Kindle. I debated, should I read & review it or not since I obviously had forgotten about it for over a month. Well I thought to just read a page or so and decide. I read the first page and before I knew it I was way into the book and not stopping. Yes, it is that good.
Set in medieval Scotland, Elspeth is The MacClarens eldest daughter. He is being threatened by rival clans so he needs for Elspeth to marry to achieve an alliance. She is knowing this is her duty and she will obey her father but she has grown very fond of the mercenary, Niall, who we know to be the rightful heir of the Kincaid lands and clan.
There is so much suspense and action in this book. The sexual tension between Niall and Elspeth is off the charts. There are truly evil villains who are willing to make events go their way. Plus some twists and surprises that made this just one terrific read. This is a guaranteed page turner.
There is a hint at the end of this book as to the protagonist of the next in the series.