Campbell's Redemption by Sharon Cullen
Series: Highland Pride series #3
Also in this series: Sutherland's Secret, MacLean's Passion
Publication Date: November 22nd 2016
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Like his ancestors, Iain Campbell, the Marquess of Kerr, swears loyalty to whichever government happens to be in power. Privately, however, he despises the British for the slaughter following the Battle of Culloden and finds himself playing a dangerous game of deception. When he defends a fellow Scot under cloak of darkness, Iain is wounded and must put his life in the hands of a mysterious healer. The prickly, bewitching woman saves him with her touch, though she denies Iain the pleasure of a smile from her sensuous lips—which only makes him want her all the more.
Cait Campbell has no fondness for the marquess and his political machinations. Now he makes a treacherous patient, since Cait is harboring Jacobite fugitives in her cellar. But with Iain confined to bed rest, Cait sees another side of the fierce warrior. How can she hate a man whose eyes sparkle in candlelight, a man whose voice stirs her soul? She soon discovers that he loves the Scottish people deeply—and, despite her painful intuitions, Cait is tempted to let Iain love her, too.
Cait is happy with her life. She’s a healer living on the outskirts of Campbell land. It’s been four years since her husband died and she’s doing well. She heals both the Scottish people as well as the redcoats that come to her. She doesn’t like helping them but she’s a healer so that’s what she does. She also believes this will create goodwill between her and the soldiers and they’ll leave her alone. When Iain Campbell brings the commander of his warriors to be healed she’s happy to help but she wants nothing to do with Iain. Her husband, John, was Iain’s commander when he was alive and died by a bullet intended for Iain. Cait can’t help but find Iain responsible for John’s death even though logically she knows he’s not. Part of her solitude is harboring Scottish fugitives from the English. She’s not willing to give that up for anyone.
Iain has felt guilty for John’s death and though he told John as he was dying that he would take care of Cait he hasn’t. The guilt was too much for him to be around Cait but once he was back in her house he couldn’t keep himself away. He has feelings for Cait but she’s not willing to make an affair with him public. Unfortunately the redcoats Cait thought she was keeping away didn’t stay away and when she’s threatened Iain will stop at nothing to protect her.
Another great story in the Highland Pride series. Iain Campbell, in previous books helped both MacLean and Sutherland but yet everyone thought he was an English sympathizer when the truth was he was a spy. Because I wasn’t totally sure of his loyalties going into the book I was cautious. Cullen made me a lover of Iain very quickly as his care for Cait was so honest and real.
Cait was a stubborn woman from beginning to end. She had lost everyone who she had ever loved and she wasn’t willing to get involved with Iain and take the risk of losing him. Luckily Iain was persuasive with Cait and was able to make her believe his love for her. I really loved the two of them together. Individually they were strong characters but together they were a bit invincible.
There was a bit of intrigue in the story as well and I thought that was well done. It was woven well into Cait and Iain’s story and made it that much better. The whole of the story was well worth reading and I very much enjoyed it.
Rating: 4 out of 5