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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: The Chieftan by Margaret Mallory - 4 Wine Glasses!

The Chieftan
Return of the Highlanders #4
by Margaret Mallory
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected Publication February 26, 2013 by Forever
Courtesy of NetGalley

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.
A Warrior's Heart
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble. 
With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Ilysa loves Connor, but knows that he will never be hers. He's a Chieftain and has a responsibility to his clan to make an advantageous marriage. That doesn't stop her from looking after him, or dreaming of him at night.  So when Connor sets out to move into a castle that he's recently reclaimed for their clan, Ilysa sets out with him against her brother's protests. She's decided to go and make sure things run smoothly for him until he picks a wife, even if it will break her heart. She'll also use her magic and her sight to help keep him safe. But when she tries to warn Connor on several different occasions about different matters, he crushes her off like she's a clueless pest. This just means the determined Ilysa will have to take matters into her own hands to make sure the man she loves lives to see another day.

Connor has no clue that Ilysa loves him. Is head is filled with thoughts of how to keep his clan strong and safe, and also with the need to find a wife that will help him do what he has to do. When his eyes are opened though, and he sees Ilysa for the beautiful woman that she is underneath the robes she hides under, he has to have her. He knows that he can't marry her, and that it might ruin her for an another marriage for herself down the road, but he doesn't want to fight his desires for her either. When his heart gets involved, will he be able to walk away?

This was such a great book form Ms. Mallory! I really loved it, along with Ilysa's determination to save Connor, and the author had a number of great twists in it, as well. Highly recommended for those who like historical romance to read this series. 4 wine glass toast!





1 comment:

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

I really liked this one too Crystal. Ilysa was such a fun heroine. I love the little bit of spice in her that wouldn't back down and did what had to be done :)

So glad you enjoyed it too!

~Anna
herding cats & burning soup