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Beast of Clan Kincaid

The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

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Synopsis: A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?

Review: This was another book from NetGalley, that I had also heard about on a fellow book bloggers site or was recommended to me on Goodreads, I decided to take a gamble on. I’m leery of trying out new authors; I already follow more than I can keep up with, and I never know what I will get, but I’m glad I took this gamble. It paid off in an exciting read with two strong main characters, a conflict that was emotionally real and powerful, and a antagonist that was more a horrendous act in the past than an actual person. Niall has returned to his ancestral home 17 years after his father and mother were betrayed and murdered to seek vengeance against one of the two men who stole his home and life from him. What he didn’t expect was Elspeth, an innocent beauty with a kind heart and passionate eyes. When he realizes she is his enemy’s daughter, he sets out to possibly use her in his plot for vengeance. What he doesn’t plan for is growing to care for her deeply, to the point where he even for a short time considers giving up his vengeance so he doesn’t have to hurt her. But he does stay with his course and tries to send her away to find a husband, but instead rescues her from a violent attack and ends up being her choice for husband (no surprise there). What is a surprise and an emotional scene is when all of the truth is revealed and the betrayal she feels towards the man she loves deeply. Great story, well written, passionate, and a fun adventure. I couldn’t put this one down at all.

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