Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Book review: The Chieftain (Return of the Highlanders #4) by Margaret Mallory

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Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.

A Warrior's Heart

Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble. 

With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

This is book 4 in a series that i didn't read the first 3.  I usually don't do this but the blurb drew me in. On a quick side not i am now half way through book 1. I plan on reading the other three soon as i can get through them. Since i have started book one i can tell you the series starts with the 4 warriors as boys. They all go to visit a seer to see if she can tell them something about their futures. They are hoping to hear about the feats as warriors but that's not what they get. lol  In book 4 we finally get to Connor who is the Chieftain of his clan now. He needs to take a bride with a rival clan so he can get help taking his lands back when they go to war.  The seer tells him that his bride will choose him. He doesn't quite understand that and makes several mistakes a long the way that might make you wonder how smart he really is.  Good thing he has Ilysa who is Duncan little sitter.  Ilysa has loved Connor for a long time but he doesn't know it and she's hiding herself behind clothes that are to big and a head covering. Making her appearance really severe.  This was her mother's way of protecting her from attention. What Connor doesn't know is Ilysa has the gift of a seer as well. She keeps protecting him from things  that would hurt him and he doesn't know it and ends up chastising her instead and finally driving her away. She goes through a makeover from the other warrior's wives and when Connor sees her again he can't believe what a beauty she is. This when things change for both of them. Even after all this though Connor still thinks he needs to marry a woman from another clan. Love blooms but is it enough? Before the end you can kind of figure out how this is going to work out but it's interesting to see how to gets to that conclusion.  I enjoyed the characters in this book especially the bond between the 4 warriors. Their relationship is one of absolute loyalty to each other and those they love. 4 out of 5 stars for The Chieftain by Margaret Mallory.

Find out more about Margaret Mallory here on her website

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