Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sue-Ellen Welfonder - A Highlander's Temptation

A Highlander's Temptation
by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
October 2009

Afraid of growing old, never experiencing passion and love, Arabella KacKenzie seeks an adventure. When she confronts her father, the Black Stag of Kintail, Duncan MacKenzie, with her idea, he's dead set against it. But with the help of her mother and dear friend Sir Marmaduke, Duncan is persuaded into letting Arabella have her way. He is for the most part responsible for Arabella's lonely, unmarried state, refusing and scaring off potential suitors.

Now on her adventure out to sea as she heads to a special island, Seal Isle, bequeathed to her by her father as part of her bride price, Arabella runs into the dreaded Black Vikings. A myth most people claim them to be. She remembers seeing the horror as the evil Vikings destroy the boat she's on, killing everyone aboard. Yet she finds herself saved by Darroc MacConacher, Laird of the MacConachers of MacConacher Isle.

Darroc MacConacher is set on vengeance against the Mackenzies for their part in the legendary slaughter of his clan many years ago. But when he realizes who the beauty is laying in his bed recovering from her wounds, a battle ignites within himself, for he wants the lass like he’s never wanted one before. She fires his blood, as he fires hers. He wants Arabella, but can he put aside his dislike for the MacKenzies and accept and take the love Arabella offers him?

I very much enjoyed this sweet, and at times haunting tale. There are several things that made this book a pleasure to sink into. Always reading about Duncan and Linnet MacKenzie (Devil in a Kilt) puts a smile on my face. The ever proud, and stubborn it's-my-way-or-the-highway Duncan. Well, when his lovely wife Linnet isn't around, that is, putting him back in his place with her quite and patient personality. And this one being about Arabella, Duncan's eldest daughter, he and Linnet had a nice role throughout.

And of course, the ever present Devorgilla of Doon. A MacKenzie tale wouldn't be right if the old crone wasn't concocting some magic or other to ensure that love blossoms and blooms as she's tucked away on her little isle looking over those she holds dear.

A Highlander's Temptation had another really nice touch, the ghost of Asa Long-Legs. I enjoyed how she was weaved into the story along with the legend of the Thunder Rod. Very tragic is her story, yet she lends hope to Arabella and the stubborn Darroc. This installment in the MacKenzies is a true treasure, one that left me with a smile, and a warm heart, and a renewal of my desire to visit the faraway land of Scotland. It’s always such a pleasure to be whisked away, and in A Highlander’s Temptation, Ms. Welfonder does it on the turbulent waters surrounding the Hebridean Isles off the coast of Scotland. A delightful and charming romantic tale.


Blodeuedd said...

I am glad you enjoyed it, that makes me wanna read my copy faster..hm, can't remember if I took it with me or not now

Amy C said...

Hey Blodeuedd,
I hope you enjoy it too :)