by Patricia Potter

January 2006
ISBN: 0-425-20742-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

At one time, Kimbra Charleton rode side by side with her bandit of a husband, but after his untimely death, Kimbra has lived at the mercy of his clan. To protect her beloved daughter and to keep her home, she must follow their dictates, even if it means scavenging from the bodies of the dead on a battlefield. But when she comes across a wounded Scottish soldier, she cannot just leave him to die.

Unable to remember anything about himself or his past, Lachlan Maclean is haunted by images of violence and betrayal, although they are fleeting in passing. Being nursed back to health by a beautiful English widow, who hides him in her cottage, he soon realizes that his being in her home and life is causing her danger. But the feelings that Kimbra stirs in him, gives him the will to survive and though Lachlan is her sworn enemy, Kimbra slowly warms to his quiet strength. But because a Scotsman killed her husband, can she allow another man to claim her heart?

This is the second in Ms. Potter's trilogy of three Scottish brothers bound by a dark destiny. You will instantly fall in love with Lachlan. He is a strong, yet vulnerable warrior with a deep, dark secret that is tearing him up inside, even if he can't quite remember what it is. Kembra is a very strong woman, who has suffered great hardship and the constant dictates of her dead husbands people, in order to survive. The love that these two characters form is sweet and wonderful. Each has a reason to be reluctant to fall in love, but neither can deny destiny. The setting and plot are supurb and the secondary characters only add fullness to the story.

This is a wonderful addition to your winter reading. Enjoy!

Reviewed in January 2006 by Debbie.

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