Monday, April 8, 2013

At the Highlander's Mercy - Terri Brisbin (HH #1134 - Apr 2013)

Series: MacLerie Clan (Book 7)


To regain control of his fractured clan Robert Matheson must take Lilidh MacLerie hostage as a bargaining tool. But Lilidh is no ordinary captive. She's the woman he once loved-and rejected

Rob's touch is etched permanently into her memory and, unaware that he was forced to repudiate their love, Lilidh has never forgotten the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Now, looking into the eyes of her captor, she no longer recognizes this fearsome leader. She should be afraid-there's no telling what he will do. But something about him excites and unnerves her in equal measure....

 Good book.  Lilidh is on her way back to her parents' home after the death of her husband when she is kidnapped and taken to Rob's keep.  He is stunned to see her as he didn't order the kidnapping and now he has to find a way out of the trouble they are in.  Lilidh isn't any too happy to see him either after the way he humiliated her when they were younger.  In order to protect her from those who wish her harm he has to keep her very close.  This only exacerbates the attraction between them that never went away.  

When she first realizes that it is Rob that has taken her prisoner she calls on every bit of pride she can to stand against him.  But she doesn't know him anymore and can't be sure how she'll be treated.  As she recovers from the injuries she received during her capture she sees glimpses of the Rob she used to love.  I liked the way that she put the intelligence and training she's had into figuring out what's going on.  She also learned more about what Rob was going through and made up her mind to help.  I thought it was pretty interesting that she could see what he needed to do so much more clearly than he could.  She also decided that she wasn't going to fight their attraction, but to give in and enjoy what little time they might have together.  She also began to hope that maybe there was a way for things to work out so that they could stay together.  She was devastated at the end when another confrontation had him sending her away.  I was a bit disappointed that she didn't stand up for herself and fight for what she wanted.  

Rob had had a tough time of it.  When he was fostered with Lilidh's family he had fallen in love with her and wanted to marry her, but her father refused and forced him to break things off cruelly.  Now Rob is Laird of his clan and things aren't going well.  He hadn't expected the job and his cousin is fighting him all the way.  When Symon kidnaps Lilidh causing the potential for a war that will destroy his clan Rob must figure out a way to fix things.  Unfortunately Rob doesn't have a great deal of confidence in his own abilities and sometimes appears to be floundering.  He does his best to protect Lilidh even though it puts a real strain on his ability to resist her attraction.  I did like the way that he remembers her intelligence and recruits her help in trying to figure out what is going on with the division among the clan.  I also liked the way that it became obvious that he still loved her even though he still felt that he was unworthy of her and had no chance of a future with her.  I really didn't like the way he caved in to her father's demands again before finally realizing that he had to fight for her this time.  

I have to say that I loved Lilidh's mom in this story.  Besides being the supportive mother that Lilidh needed I really liked the way that she stood up to her husband.  She made it perfectly clear to him what she thought of his actions.  It was great to see the effect she had on him.

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