So then I discovered a book club that meets once a month at one of my Barnes and Noble stores. The book selection for March was Born in Sin by Kinley Macgregor. I re-read that one and it was just as good the second time around as it was the first time! This isn't really a review, but more my impression of Born in Sin.
Born in Sin
Publication Date: January 2003
Blurb-Though few can equal her skill with the sword, Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous "Lord Sin." Though Callie fears this mysterious, unreachable stranger -- less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the heat of his touch -- she is under the order of the English king. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse.I think maybe, just maybe the horrible life that poor Sin lived became a bit extreme in that there is so much focus on all the negative that happened to him. It seemed that every other page revealed one more hurtful thing of his past. The treatment he garnered from his step-mother and then how it resolved itself in the end was a bit far-fetched for real life, but it was still touching. It definitely made him the tortured hero :).
Banished as a child, "Sin" MacAllister learned to despise his Scottish heritage. Yet now, to unmask King Henry's foes, he must return to the hated Highlands -- wedded to a bewitching lass whose flaming red hair matches the fire of her spirit. A cold, hard heart has always been the key to Sin's survival, but this beauty awakens in him a perilous need he's never known.
I loved Callie and how she stuck by him, insisting that he is a good person, deserving of some kindness in his life. Sin and Callie were such extreme opposites on their outlook in life that I thought they really complimented each other nicely.
Kinley Macgregor has some really great dialogue and scenes. And it's one thing that seems to be missing in her recent books. But that could just be me, I don't know. One of the scenes that I loved in this one, was their wedding night, and Sins way of proving that they consummated it even though they didn't :). The scenes that followed regarding how he handled it was humorous. Gave me some chuckles. Poor Sin!
Oh and Simon! I love Simon. He first appeared in Master of Desire. He is Draven's brother and also Sin's best friend. He does eventually get his own HEA in the anthology, Where's my Hero. You know, I think Simon really should have had a full length book. He was such a prominent secondary character. He needed more pages dedicated to him!
Second time around and it will still remain on my keeper shelf! I loved it :). I would recommend these books of hers to anyone! They're great, with some cute and tender moments, along with some witty, teasing dialogue.
Books in order:
Master of Desire
Claiming the Highlander
Born in Sin
Taming the Scotman
Where's My Hero
A Dark Champion
Return of the Warrior
The last three are a spin-off of the MacAllister brothers' series called the Brotherhood of the Sword. Accept The Warrior is actually the eldest MacAllister, but is tied into both series, and believe it or not, tied into the Dark-Hunters!