‘… Rory’s eyes locked with hers and she knew he understood a fraction of a moment before she did how Lochmores could gain more without a fight.
‘All you need to is marry my daughter.’’
Locke’s Secrets of a Highland Warrior is a very satisfying conclusion to an excellent series. Locke has pulled together the strands established in the previous novels in the series (Janice Preston’s His Convenient Highland Wedding, Lara Temple’s Unlaced by the Highland Duke, and Elisabeth Hobbes’ A Runaway Bride for the Highlander) in a taut and engaging tale, and there’s a real poignancy to finally meeting the lovers who have been shadowy historical figures in the previous romances. We’d first come across a mysterious skeleton with a brooch in Book One, and we’ve traced the enmity between the two clans back in time as we’ve watched lovers come to terms with the impact that the tensions between the two clans have had on those involved. All the while, the mystery of the skeleton has slowly emerging and, for me, it was this central thread which added an extra fascination to the series.
In this novel we see the first attempt to resolve the conflict between the Lochmores and the McCrieffs – Ailsa, daughter to the McCrieff’s Tanist, is wed to Rory, heir to the Lochmore title, as a marriage of convenience in a bid to bring tensions to an end. Readers of the Lochmore series already know that the repercussions of the political tensions will continue to echo down the centuries.
The developing romance between Ailsa and Rory is superbly played out – Ailsa is brilliantly direct in her speech, and Locke has created a fascinating heroine here. As the Healer to the clan, she has a degree of authority unusual for a woman, and the scenes between the newly married pair work well as they negotiate their way through their growing attraction to each other. As a backdrop to the romance, the intrigue and power struggles between their clans make for a brilliantly tense atmosphere. This novel felt more political than the others, and we never lose sight of the fact that life is brutal and enemies are nearby. I very much enjoyed this romantic novel in its own right, but I also really liked the way it bound up the series as a whole. It’s been an intriguing idea, moving back in time to resolve an age-old mystery, and all four writers have brought different aspects of the story out in their novels. All four are fab, and together the Lochmore Legacy is very enjoyable indeed. Highly recommended!
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Secrets of a Highland Warrior
The key to his past…
…lies with the enemy sharing his bed!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Rory Lochmore had expected to wage battle, to claim land and finally secure his standing within his clan… Instead he won a wife. A McCrieff wife. Their convenient marriage could unite the two long-feuding clans forever. But can a political alliance give way to a passion strong enough to stand the secrets of the past?
Secrets Of A Highland Warrior (Mills & Boon Historical) (The Lochmore Legacy, Book 4)
Nicole is the author of Harlequin’s #LoversandLegends series and co-author of the #LochmoreLegacy series. Currently, she lives in Seattle and can be reached via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. If you don’t hear from her, she’s eating Haribos and drinking copious amounts of tea while frantically trying to find a happily ever after.
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