by Monica McCarty

April 2009
ISBN: 978-0-345-50340-4
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Scottish Highlands, autumn 1608

Duncan Dubh Campbell had waited ten years to exact revenge and reclaim his place amongst his clan, and nothing was going to get in his way, well nothing except Lady Jeannie Gordon nee Grant packing a pistol!

A decade ago, Duncan, the bastard son of Laird Campbell and Jeannie Grant the spirited daughter of the chieftain of the Gordon clan secretly fell in love. Knowing his standing did not exactly make him good husband material, Duncan asked Jean to marry him anyway, and the lass ecstatically accepted. Then clan conditions ripped the young lovers apart.

First there was Jeannieís betrothal to Duncanís younger brother Colin who was the rightful heir. Then Jeannieís father deceived the Campbells and their allies by turning traitor during a horrific battle resulting in Duncanís fatherís death, and Duncan being tried and convicted as part of the conspiracy. What was the most damning of the evidence against the innocent Duncan was the fact that the night before the disastrous combat he had secretly met with Jeannie losing his map while in her company. Did Jeannie use him to aide in her fatherís scheme?

Now Duncan was back and would prove his innocence with the help of the luscious widowed Lady Jeannie Gordon. This Highland Scoundrel will need every ounce of his fighting skills to battle all to reclaim his honor and his long lost love!

Monica McCarty completes her exhilarating Campbell trilogy with the eldest and most complex of the clanís siblings, Duncan. Honorable Duncan is a warrior of great strength and courage overcoming the stigma of his birth. Despite the machinations of those he loved and trusted, he has survived and will bring forth the truth with the help of the woman he never stopped loving. Jeannie harbors many secrets, one huge one that could destroy the memory of her late husband and do great harm to her cherished babes. Ms. McCarty blends real historical figures, and events with fictional characters to create a perfect romantic Highland read!

Reviewed in April 2009 by Bonnie.

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