Published by Avon on June 27th 2017
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Love is worth any risk in this seductive finale of USA Today Bestselling Author Gayle Callen’s Highland Wedding series…
The last thing clan chief Duncan Carlyle expects to encounter in the rain-soaked highlands was Catriona Duff, daughter of the corrupt earl responsible for the price on his head. Yet Duncan finds himself sheltering the beauty who claims to have lost her memory. Catriona could be the key to stopping her father, but only if Duncan can keep her identity—and his dangerously powerful desire—to himself.
Duncan may have rescued Catriona, but the gruff outlaw clearly doesn’t trust her. She’s moved by his mission to rescue kidnapped children, but hiding in a network of caves means living in close quarters with everyone—including Duncan. And even as Catriona struggles to remember her past, the present draws her ever closer to this enigmatic man…and to the secret that could change everything.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Catriona Duff awakens outside, wet and cold, with a painful throbbing in her head. There are two dead men beside her, and she doesn’t know who they are, or who she is. Duncan Carlyle, outlawed Chief of Clan Carlyle is riding to his encampment when Cat faints in front of his horse. While the woman sounds English, after a few minutes Duncan realises who she is: the daughter of the enemy, the Earl of Aberfoyle, the man who forced Duncan to go underground. Is she a spy, is her presence a ruse from her father? Duncan’s life changed the moment he tried to stop Aberfoyle from kidnapping and selling children as indentured slaves; if Duncan shows his face, his clan is doomed.
I simply cannot resist an amnesia trope, and LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW is just fabulous! Duncan is a serious and stern man who never smiles, and I loved him right away for his integrity, his honour, and his determination. He is wary of Cat, but as she could be useful to him, he lets her live in his cave with his people while keeping an eye on her at all times. And lovely man that he is, it unsettles him that, even though he wonders if she can be trusted, he still finds Cat very beautiful. I felt Ms. Callen depicted the loss of memory, and the precarious relationship between Cat and Duncan and his people admirably. Duncan’s backstory is riveting and heartbreaking; he is one of the most wonderful heroes I have ever read. Ms. Callen’s storytelling skills are such that, while I am not usually overly fond of clan wars, I did not miss a word and I was utterly captivated throughout.
Ms. Callen’s prose is elegant and effortless, moving the story right along, and yet at times gorgeous turns of phrases or profound thoughts made me stop and think, or simply enjoy the beauty of beautifully turned sentences or descriptions. The intimacy slowly builds between Duncan and Cat, nothing was rushed, it happened organically, and Cat’s memory loss felt real. I enjoyed reading every word of LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW for the sprinkling of historical facts, the intricacy of the plot, the wonderful characters, and mostly that every little prickly detail was handled with such deftness and flair. Cat and Duncan do not have it easy, but what an explosive moment when they do acknowledge their attraction!
What an adventure, what a glorious ending, what a wonderful hero! What a remarkable book!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.