Beauty and the Highland Beast (A Highland Fairy Tale #1) by Lecia Cornwall
Synopsis: Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.
When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.
Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?
Review: I received this book through the Heroes and Heartbreakers e-Book Club. It has been on my TBR list for some time and I thought this would be a cool way to get me to sit down and read it. I loved it. It had a good mix of passion, drama, high emotional tension, a villain you don’t really see coming until the end, and two very strong lead characters. I really liked Dair’s character, he is tormented and definitely has beastly traits though he is a real man with real demons. Fia is a sweet and very innocent woman, also scared and dealing with her insecurities when she meets Dair at Carraig Brigh. Their story develops well and slowly, it isn’t rushed, and it keeps you turning the pages. Their passion and chemistry were wonderful to watch unfold and the ending was perfect. There really isn’t anything I didn’t like about the story. If you like a Beauty and the Beast type of story, then definitely give this one a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed at all.