Tracy’s review of Seduced by a Highlander (Children of the Mist #2) by Paula Quinn.
Sins that can’t be forgiven
Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he’s dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king’s court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan’s greatest enemies.
Passion that can’t be denied
Isobel Fergusson has despised the bloodthirsty MacGregors ever since they murdered her father. She’s horrified to learn that the handsome stranger she kissed is of this clan. But Tristan means to possess her at any cost and Isobel’s body turns traitor at his touch. Can a man she’s sworn to hate be the only one she can ever love?
Tristan MacGregor was raised by his father but spent summers with his uncle. That uncle taught him love, honor and honesty. When Tristan’s uncle is killed by the Fergusson’s, and Tristan feels that it is his fault, he turns his back on everything he had been taught and come to believe in. When he meets Isobel, Tristan sees someone who makes him want to be his old self. The man he was before he crushed it beneath a façade of seduction and indifference. Tristan sets out to seek Isobel’s favor but he’s not sure he can ever get it.
Isobel Fergusson is beside herself when she finds out that the man she met in the king’s private garden is part of the family who she has loathed, and feared, for years. When Tristan shows up at her families home and tries to win not only her favor but the friendship of her brothers she is beside herself. Her sharp tongue and hatred go far in keeping Tristan at arms length. But after a time Isobel begins to see Tristan for who he really is and she begins to not only like him, but love him.
This is a wonderful story of family loyalty, feuding, honor and justice. The story is told in such a way that you feel the pain and anguish that both the MacGregor’s and the Fergusson’s feel from the losses that they have suffered. Ms. Quinn tells a great tale and my heart truly ached for the two families.
Although the title makes you think that Tristan is just trying to get Isobel into bed, which even he may think is his goal at first, the true seducer is actually his honor and goodness.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
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