Published by Altiora Press on September 14th 2017
A Scottish chief. An English maiden. Their forbidden love threatens to destroy them both.
The Scottish king gives Toren Kerr a dangerous but important mission—kill the English Warden. The man’s rumored corruption threatens to destroy the fragile peace along the border, and Toren reluctantly agrees to do his duty. When he travels to England to participate in the Tournament of the North as a cover for his mission, the last thing he expects is to find love, but he’s immediately drawn to a beautiful, mysterious Englishwoman. . . only to discover she’s the warden’s daughter.
Books are Lady Juliette Hallington’s escape from her sheltered life. Tales of romance are her favorite, and they’ve convinced her there’s only one reason to marry: love. When her protective father agrees to send her to the tournament with no guardian other than her married best friend, she recognizes her chance to avoid an arranged marriage. But after meeting Toren, Juliette begins to realize real life is more complicated than tales of love—and the very thing she wants most might consume everything she holds dear.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Chief’s Maiden is the third book in the Border Series, by Cecelia Mecca. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone, this is such a great series I recommend that you do read the other books at some time though.
Lady Juliette Hallington is the daughter of the English Warden, the man who is in charge of keeping the peace between the Scots and the English that live on the borders. He is meant to be attending a tournament, held in peace between the the two country’s men. He is unable to attend, so sends his daughter in his place. She is happy to go in his place because she plans to find herself a man to love and marry while there. If she doesn’t, then when she returns home she will be forced to marry a man that she doesn’t even like.
Laird Toren Kerr is also in attendance at the tournament. He has been tasked with the assassination of the English Warden. There has been talk that the man has been taking bribes allowing the English to kill Scots without them being brought to justice over it. These rumours, be them true or not are causing huge unrest and the peace between the countries could come crashing to an end.
When Juliette literally runs into Toren at the tournament it is lust at first sight. Toren has no idea who Juliette is because she doesn’t give him her full name until he has already shared some passionate kisses with her, and they have both started to feel more than just lust for each other. What will happen when he finds out who she is? How can they have any future when he has to kill her father by order of the Scottish King?
This was an exciting read that had me hooked from the very first words! That excitement just kept building chapter after chapter. The fact that there is doubt about the English Warden’s treachery had me wondering how Toren could possibly kill the man, and that’s not counting into the equation his feelings for Juliette. Can peace continue between the Scottish and the English without the need to kill the Warden? It doesn’t seem likely.
Along with the concern about Juliette and Toren’s relationship, whether they can be a couple or not, there was also the fabulous tournament to read about. I loved reading about the jousts, and fights. The author’s descriptions of the camps the men stayed in outside the keep, the meal times, the tournament itself were all so wonderful that I could really picture the story in my mind. I love to be immersed into a story, and I had that immersion with this book, and in fact, the same can be said for the other books in this series too. Now I can’t wait to read the next story!