Title: Tempted by the Highland Warrior
Author: Michelle Willingham
Series: MacKinloch Clan, book 2
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“After years of brutal torture, Callum MacKinloch is finally free of his captors--but his voice is still held prisoner. He'd never let anyone hear him scream.Although Lady Marguerite de Montpierre's chains may be invisible, they threaten to tie her to a loveless and cruel marriage.
When Marguerite discovers Callum waiting to die, her heart aches for the warrior beneath the suffering--but they can have no future. Yet she is the one woman with the power to tame the rage locked inside him. Maybe he can find another reason to live...for her.”
Tempted by the Highland Warrior is the third book in the MacKinloch Clan series by Michelle Willingham.
Couple of weeks ago Jen from Red Hot Books was talking about how much she loved this book, trusting her judgment I knew I had to read it. I have to agree with Jen, Tempted by the Highland Warrior is one of the best Highlander books I have read in a while.
Nineteen-year-old Callum MacKinloch has been held as a prisoner of war for the last seven years of his short life. He has been subject to all kind of tortures and degrading treatments. His years as a prisoner have not only broken his spirit but after refusing to scream during one of many whippings he has also lost his voice.
Lady Marguerite de Montpierre is betrothed to Callum’s captor, a man so vicious she cannot imagine a life with him. One night Lady Marguerite is awakened by the screams of a man in pain, unable to stay in her room and not do anything she steps out in search of the man in need. She finds Callum, after seeing his many injuries she thinks he was the man she heard scream and decides to help him. She cleans and treat his injuries as much as she can, there is not much she can do but to offer him some solace.
Lady Marguerite’s betrothed learns of this and decides to send Callum that same day away from her and his house.
Callum’s brothers have been looking for him and when they come to rescue him, they learn he is not held there anymore but to their great surprise Lady Marguerite escapes his betrothed and goes with them.
Life is not better in his new prison, they only thing that is keeping Callum alive and sane is the memory of Lady Marguerite and the kindness she showed him. Weeks later his brothers find him and bring him home. But Callum is not the man he was, for once he doesn’t talk and after so many years of suffering he can’t stand to be touch. To everyone astonishment the only person Callum allows close and is calm with is Lady Marguerite, but the reprieve doesn’t last, couple of days later Lady Marguerite’s father comes for her.
Per society rules Lady Marguerite needs to abide to his father’s orders, as a Duke’s daughter she is expected to marry well and her father doesn’t take long to find a new husband for her.
Callum knows his life without her will not have any meaning and decides to go after her.
One of the things I loved about this book was how without words Callum was able to express everything he felt and thought. This is one of those cases in which “actions speak louder than words”.
Callum is the epitome of a torture hero, he had suffered since a young age, unconceivable crimes have been committed against him, but still he found fortitude and a simple act of kindness gave him the strength to carry on. Callum may be a simple man, without education and manners but his heart is pure and tender. And when he loves his gives all of himself without constraints.
Even though sometimes I wanted Lady Marguerite to impose her wishes I had to consider the restrictions of the time, we are talking 1300s, where women were pawns in men games, where marriages were for convenience and love was not important. If I take that in consideration she was very rebellious and risked a lot for Callum.
I can’t imagine myself in her position, forced to marry a man whom I don’t know while I love another and without a way out or a feasible positive outcome.
Callum and Lady Marguerite love was an innocent one that started with furtive glances and stolen tender moments and slowly grew into more. Their love was believable and inspiring and seeing them discovering it was a delicious treat.
There were so many things against them that it was difficult to see a solution to their predicament; that not only kept me glued to the pages but made cheer for them page after page.
The secondary characters are an array of interesting and despicable ones. They complement the story perfectly making it a more interesting one.
It was easy to see the love and devotion between the members of the MacKilohn clan, they may not have much but they were happy with what they have.
Lady Marguerite’s father was a man who thought was doing the best for his daughter and her future, but not once considered asking for her opinion. Actually he did a very reproachable thing that made me almost hate him; at the end he kind of redeem himself, but it was not enough to made me like him.
The general actions of the characters were very real and true to the times.
Despite being the third book in the series Tempted by the Highland Warrior could be read perfectly as a stand-alone. I haven’t read previous books and not once I felt lost or thought I was missing something. Tempted by the Highland Warrior was my first book by Michelle Willingham but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last.
I recommend this book to all historical romance lovers, and if you like Highlanders this is a book you must read.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Claimed by the Highland Warrior
Seduced by Her Highland Warrior
Craving the Highlander’s Touch (Novella)
Tempted by the Highland Warrior
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