Scottish Highlands, 1601
The feud between the mighty MacLeod clan and the brutal MacDonald clan had escalated after the MacDonald had put aside his MacLeod bride Margaret and shamed her publicly because of her disfigurement. MacLeod chieftain Rory had vowed vengeance against Sleat for what he had put his beloved sister through. King James had decreed enough and forced an end to the dispute, (if only temporarily), by decreeing that Rory must handfast with Sleatís niece, Isabel MacDonald. Roryís duty is to his clan and will do whatever is necessary to keep them safe. He will honor the handfast to the MacDonald lass, for the year only, and then he intends to repudiate her and put his alliance with the Argyll by wedding one of them to continue his revenge against the rival MacDonalds. However one look at his captivating bride and Rory knows he is in for the longest year of his life, how will he resist Isabelís bountiful charms?
Isabel MacDonald has wanted only one thing her entire life, the love and respect of her family. Blessed (or cursed) with incomparable beauty and grace, Isabel is forced to accept her uncleís covert mission to infiltrate their enemy. She must find their hidden castle entrance and deliver back to Sleat the sacred Fairy Flag of the MacLeods. Isabel will use whatever means she can, including seduction, to win over Roryís trust to obtain the precious secrets of the MacLeod clan. Never intending to lose her own heart to the devastatingly handsome Rory or to his clan, Isabel is torn between her loyalty to her family and her newfound love for Rory and his. Passion is just as lethal as revenge and Isabel and Rory are caught in the depths of both.
Highlander Untamed is absolutely enthralling from start to finish! Monica McCarty is a new gifted author to reckon with amongst the elite of the Scottish highland romance genre. Ms. McCarty weaves together a spellbound tale of passion and deceit, its roots are based on a true event in Scottish history. Rory is magnificent and Isabel is a perfect match in every way. Marvelous secondary characters round out this perfect five rose read, Highlander Untamed is a winner!