Published by Targe & Thistle, Inc. on March 6th 2018
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A beautiful lass with hair the color of fire and eyes of emerald green would be a dream most men would happily invite. But these dreams, of the lass calling to him, begging for his help, haunt Rodrick the Bold. When the nightmares become too much, he sets off to find the lass who calls to him nightly. Not known for his warm heart nor eloquent way with words, he seeks to rescue her if only to be free of the torment.
Held as the pawn in a plot of treachery and deceit, Muriel MacFarland does not know who to trust or believe. Her once quiet, ordinary life is torn asunder when she is kidnapped and sold. Tormented and abused, she gives up all hope of a rescue by her brother and believes her life is no longer worth living.
Can Muriel put her faith, trust, and life in the hands of the stranger who comes to rescue her?
Will Rodrick the Bold's wish for a family of his own come true?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Rodrick the Bold is the third book in the Mackintoshes and McLarens series by Suzan Tisdale.
Muriel MacFarland has been taken by a couple who her deceased father owed money to. They expect her to work off her father’s debt. After a while, they decide to sell her and the man that buys her rapes her on a daily basis. His wife at times beats her too. Muriel’s brother Charlie would have rescued her by now if he was able to, so it isn’t long until Muriel loses all hope and just wishes for death to take her.
Rodrick the Bold is a fierce warrior. He lost his parents at a young age and was brought up by warriors, ones that cared only for battle, not for sentiment. Rodrick wants nothing more than to have the love of a family, of a wife and children but the older he gets the more he believes it is something that will never happen.
Charlie MacFarland was Rodrick’s friend until he turned on both Rodrick and the clan. Thankfully his traitorous actions didn’t succeed but Charlie was fatally wounded. On the brink of death, he admits the reasoning behind his actions. His sister has been kidnapped and he was trying to get the coin to buy her back. He had no idea that she had been sold on to other people.
Rodrick has been having dreams of a woman he doesn’t know, one that is begging for him to save her. He suddenly realises that the woman must be Charlie’s sister. He knows her brother was a traitor, but that’s no reason why he should let Muriel suffer as she must be according to his dreams. He sets out to find and rescue her. Thankfully before it’s too late, he does indeed get her away from her captors and takes her back to his clan.
What follows is the beautiful story of how Muriel comes to terms with what has happened to her. Rodrick looks after her, he makes no demands on her, and in turn, she slowly learns that she can trust him. At the start of the story, we see how badly she was treated and the rape scenes followed by the beatings nearly brought me to tears. I was so happy that Rodrick rescued her before anything more could happen to her. He is such an honourable man, a fierce warrior who won’t let any harm come to people he cares about. He is a much-needed hero for Muriel and seeing their relationship develop was a joy to behold.
When Muriel finds herself in danger yet again from her rapist I couldn’t wait for him to get his comeuppance, and wow what a comeuppance it was. The author really knows how to write a hard-hitting novel with just the right amount of angst, gore and romance for the perfect balance. I couldn’t put this book down from page one so finished it in just one sitting. The ending was perfect, both for our couple, but especially as it had a great opening for another story to come.
I can’t fault this book at all and definitely recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.