The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #2) by Lily Blackwood
Synopsis: LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD
Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.
Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is the wrongeldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?
Review: Book two was just as wonderful, passionate, and intense as book one. Loved it from page one to the very last page. The battle at the end was perfect and the surprises throughout the plot kept me on my toes. Tara has lived the last 5 years in a convent, forgotten by her guardian and separated from her sister. When her guardian suddenly shows up and tells her that her sister is dead and she is now to marry her sisters betrothed she isn’t happy about it. When she arrives, she is attacked and saved by a man she cannot see in the dark. The man steals a kiss telling her he is her betrothed. When she finally makes it to her new home she is greeted by Hugh, her future husband who is quite drunk and not the man she kissed. While there dreading her marriage and wanting to escape, she comes to realize that the nature of her sister’s death was very suspect. It was definitely a who-done-it mystery thrown into a passionate, romantic tale of two unlikely allies. From the moment Magnus steals the kiss as the “wrong eldest son”, their story just gets better and better. I loved it. The conflict and villains were well-crafted and the next chapter in the Kincaid saga for vengeance stacked right up there with book one. I highly recommend this series.