The Warrior of Clan Kincaid (Highland Warrior #3) by Lily Blackwood
Series: Highland Warrior #3
Also in this series: The Beast of Clan Kincaid, The Rebel of Clan Kincaid
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
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LOVE TAKES NO PRISONERS
Derryth MacClaren is on the run. Traveling under heavy guard, she has been sent from her castle home to avoid capture by the vicious nobleman known as the Wolf, who has vowed revenge against the Clan Kincaid, and any who support them. When a surprise attack leaves her vulnerable, Derryth ends up in the hands of an enemy warrior who claims her, with the Wolf’s blessing, as his prize. But her captor’s gentle words and touch seduce her heart—and body—completely...and when she discovers the tattoo on his arm that proves him to be the legendary, long-believed dead son of the murdered Laird of Kincaid, Derryth knows she must find a way to alter his fate—and her own.
Cull has no memory of his family or past—all he knows is the life of a warrior, trained to fight on behalf of the Scottish king. If he can help the king’s law officer of the North, the Wolf of Badenoch, defeat a rebellious faction of Highlanders, Cull will be met with untold riches beyond possessing beautiful, innocent Derryth. But now that she has informed him of who he really is—Cullen Braewick, the youngest son of the slain laird—he is torn. If Cull exacts revenge against the Wolf, who executed his father, he stands to lose the precious lass who he has come to love. What is he willing to sacrifice for Derryth to keep her safe...and in his arms?
Derryth McClaren is the sister of the Laird of the Kincaid clan and has been living with the Kincaids for the past two years The Laird fears that they will be attacked so he sends Derryth away temporarily to her own home. While they travel they are attacked and taken prisoner by the exact men they are trying to get away from.
Derryth is taken by the commander of the army that plans on attacking the Kincaids. At first he thinks that Derryth is a very young girl but once the mud and grime are removed he sees that she’s a very beautiful woman. Derryth keeps her identity and link to the Kincaid clan a secret. Despite trying to keep his hands and thoughts off of her, Cull the Nameless can’t do it.
Cull is a warrior and the King’s man. He is attacking the Kincaid clan as he believes that he has orders from the king to do so. He was once just a boy on a slavers ship with no memory of how he got there. He was purchased by the son of the King and that’s how he came to be commander of the army. When he finds out that Derryth is part of the Kincaid clan Cull starts to have second thoughts about attacking but decides he needs proof of the king’s son’s wrong-doing before he does anything. He won’t risk the Derryth, the woman he has fallen in love with, or her family if he doesn’t have to.
The third book in the Highland Warrior series was a good one. If you’ve read the first two book in the series, you know that they revolve around three brothers who were lost or thought dead. Despite knowing that this third book was about the third brother I was a little disappointed in the blurb as it gave so much away! Despite the over-sharing, I still enjoyed the way Blackwood unfolded the story.
Derryth was a bit of a pampered miss and was more interested in clothes and her hair than anything else. She was determined to change but it never happened. Becoming a prisoner made her look at life differently and I think she grew during the book. Cull was a good man. He wasn’t evil or under-handed and I liked the honor he had. When he realized that the king’s son might not have told him the truth about the orders to attack the Kincaid stronghold he sought proof. I loved that he didn’t kill just for bloodsport.
The romance between the two main characters was good. It’s a difficult thing, having the heroine fall in love with her captor, but I thought that the author wrote it well and didn’t have Derryth falling too quickly.
Overall a good book filled with action, romance, treachery and love.
Rating: 4 out of 5