Laird of the Black Isle (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #7) by Paula Quinn
Series: The MacGregors: Highland Heirs #7
Also in this series: The Taming of Malcolm Grant, A Highlander's Christmas Kiss, The Scot's Bride
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Historical Romance
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This Highlander will risk everything to find his daughter...
Lachlan MacKenzie has nothing left to lose since his wife and daughter were killed. But when a shadowy figure reveals his little girl might still be alive, Lachlan will do whatever it takes to find her—even abduct a lass from the MacGregor clan for an exchange. Being caught would mean certain death. But the laird of the Black Isle won't let anything—or anyone—interfere with his mission...not even his beautiful, stubborn captive.
Even his heart
All Mailie MacGregor wants is to return home to her family. And the Highland beast who captured her can go to the devil. Her plan: to thwart him at any cost and win her freedom. But she never expected to be so drawn to the fierce warrior and the desire in his eyes.
Two years ago Lachlan wasn’t home when someone set his house on fire and his wife, small daughter and staff were all burned to death. He searched and killed the men who were responsible. He’s lived a solitary and quiet life since that time, secretly taking care of his clan. He’s minding his own business when an emissary for Ranald Sinclair shows up on his doorstep. He tells Lachlan that his daughter isn’t dead and that Ranald Sinclair has information about where she is. He’ll give it to Lachlan if he kidnaps Mailie MacGregor. Sinclair says that Mailie is in love with him but her father won’t allow the match. Lachland kicks the emissary out but he can’t stop thinking about the possibility of his little Annabel being alive.
Lachlan kidnaps Mailie and while she tries to get away at first she soon stops trying. When she finds out why he kidnapped her, she understands he had no choice and she starts to see life from Lachlan’s point of view. When she finds out more about the Dragon Laird of the Black Isle she starts to fall in love with him. Soon, he’s just as in love with her – but how can they be together with the possibility that Annabel is out there, hoping for her papa to rescue her?
Paula Quinn has a great mind. Seriously. She comes up with some incredible scenarios and makes them work. This could have easily turned into an eye-rolling Stockholm Syndrome “love” story, but it was so well done that thought never crossed my mind. Once Mailie knew that Lachlan had no choice, she softened toward him. (Ok, he could have gone to the MacGregor’s, explained Sinclair’s plot and then ask for their help in getting his daughter back but then that wouldn’t have been as good of a story, would it?) I’m not usually a huge fan of the abductee falling for the abductor but in this case, it really worked for me.
Lachlan made my heart hurt. He was so despondent over the deaths of his family and everything he’d been through almost made me cry. He proved himself a good man, however, during the course of the book and a perfect match for Mailie. He had a good heart.
I truly enjoyed this romance and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Rating: 4 out of 5