Author: Margaret Mallory
Series: The Return of the Highlanders, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.
Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty—and defiant ways.
Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their newfound passion be strong enough to fight the enemy that threatens their home, their clan, and their very lives?”
The Sinner is the second book in The Return of the Highlanders by Margaret Mallory.
Alex love his chieftain (Connor) and will do anything for him but marrying. He loves his single life and lives it to the fullest. After seeing his parents disastrous marriage he has vowed never to marry.
Alex goes on a diplomatic visit to the MacNeil’s lands. He knows Connor sent him there because he wants him to marry the older daughter of the MacNeil’s chieftain. Alex accepts the diplomatic mission but he’s very clear he’ll not marry anyone.
Glynis MacNeil was married once to a brute of a man and have swore never to marry again, doesn’t matter her father’s intentions, she will escape before being tied to a man again.
After meeting Glynis, Alex is happily surprise, not just for her beauty but her aversion to marry. He has found his perfect match. They enjoy spending time together and decide they can be friends.
After some time their paths cross again. Glynis father has had enough and it’s planning to marry Glynis very soon, for that reason she decides to escape blackmailing Alex into taking her with him to Edinburg where her mother’s relatives lives.
Their trip to Edinburg is a long way of many days and dangers. They may have an abhorrence towards marriage but not towards sex, therefore they decide to have an affair while traveling together. The more time they spend together the closer they are getting and without realizing they have formed a bond difficult to break. After arriving at Edinburg some other external factors binds them even more, consequently they decide to marry. To make their marriage work they not only will need to work on their trust but to fight ghosts from the past. And in times of political turmoil many dangers awaits them.
I fell in love with Alex MacDonald in The Guardian (previous book of this series) and was looking forward to his book. I was very glad Mrs. Mallory didn’t disappoint us with his story.
Alex is still the humorous and playful man, but now we also see more of his responsible and serious side.
I really loved Glydis personality, she was fun, smart and sassy. She knows what she wants and doesn’t want and does whatever necessary to reach her objective. She is also caring and a protector, not a woman easily cowed. I loved the circumstances in which she left her first husband.
Their relationship was great because it was slowly progressed and very realistic. The batter between these two was fun and entertaining. The only complaint I have with this book was the misunderstanding between them after being married for couple of months. It was taken completely out of proportion, something that with a little chat would have been easily solve almost ended with their marriage.
My Final Thought: What made of The Sinner a great book are its amazing characters and their interactions. Not only Alex and Glydis were great but the arrange of the secondary characters were all good, from Alex’s inseparable friends Connor, Duncan and Ian to the villains; I can easily say they all brought something to the story making it a more lively and fun read. One of the characters that really surprised me was Glydis’ father, at the end he was smarter than all of them and I loved him for it.
The next installment of this series The Warrior will be Duncan’s book, needless to say I’m looking forward to it.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Warrior (2012)
The Chieftain (2013)
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