Both souls must heal their wounds. Both souls have reason to keep their identities hidden. This misshapen pair discovers each needs the other—though neither is willing to admit dependence.
Alexander must return to his kin and resume his laird’s mantle. Lady Jane must clear her name and find forgiveness. But before healing can begin, it is essential they learn to trust…and love.
Alexander is the Laird and clan chief to the Macleod's. Right now the last thing he wants is to be home, as his wife has recently died and he can't quite forgive himself for being unable to save her. Oh, theirs was not a love match as it was arranged but he respected his wife and was grateful for the son she bore him. Seeing her plunge to her death whilst unable to prevent it has awakened all manner of feelings in Alexander, from grief to guilt, and he has sailed away to give himself time to come to terms with the anguish he feels. Caught in a storm, Alexander is washed ashore at a village where the Scots are feared and reviled and he is cruelly set upon by cowardly thieves.
Lady Jane has recently been widowed but it's not as straightforward as it might seem. For years she was married to a cruel and sadistic man who frequently beat her, and when she finally sought to defend herself in a cruel twist of fate her actions ended her husband’s life. Shocked at her husband’s death, she has allowed a trusted servant to hide her in nearby woods but Lady Jane knows if she is discovered no one would view her actions as self defence and her life would be forfeit. When a badly wounded man shows up at her door, Jane has no wish to get involved and does all in her power to persuade the man to leave but Alexander is not really fit to travel and against all her better judgment Jane allows the man to stay. As his strength returns, Alexander is intrigued by the woman who clearly has secrets but as he has no wish to reveal his own, he doesn't push the lass too hard but the past has a way of catching up and for Jane that means deadly consequences!
I found this worked very well as a standalone, although it’s highly possible that one or even both of these two characters have been in previous stories in this series. I would not describe this particular story as being action packed but it was a nice simple plot that was well written and very easy to lose yourself in. A story that flowed well with main characters that were very likeable. Alexander was not written as a brash or arrogant hero no, he is quietly spoken and forceful in a manner that never felt too pushy. It's fun to read how perplexed he is at Jane’s lack of knowledge when it comes to what to most in that time would be basic survival. Jane has led a sheltered upbringing and coping with everyday tasks is quite a challenge to her and whilst I don't wish to include too many spoilers, I think it's fair to say she's definitely no Martha Stewart!
A nicely paced story with a sweet romance and I do love a hero with a twinkle in his eye! It's not overly sexy so those who cringe or try to rush that side of a romance won't be too put out by the antics of this couple. Loved the dialogue and the hero has a way with words to impress any woman. Interesting supporting characters who I'm sure will feature in subsequent books and yes, I'd happily read more from this author. If you are a fan of highland romance, then it's well worth giving this author a go, as I'm sure most romance readers will be as impressed as I am.