When Lady Emilia Buchanan discovers that her despicable father has been scheming against the crown, she turns to the Highland Knights for protection—and retribution. Spirited away to a safe house on the outskirts of London, Emilia is surprised to find herself sharing close quarters with a soft-spoken, musclebound Highlander. Before long, curiosity gives way to an alarming attraction. Emilia has learned firsthand from her father that men are not to be trusted. She just never met one so honorable and loyal, so powerful and, yes, tempting.
Ever since Waterloo, Colin Stirling has struggled with memories that haunt him night and day. Driven near to madness, he no longer trusts himself with meaningful relationships of any kind. At least in this temporary sanctuary, Colin can withdraw from the world—that is, until his stunningly gorgeous charge learns the full depth of his pain. In Emilia, Colin sees a kindred spirit with battle scars of her own. He also senses a chance to heal . . . and to find love.
Confession: Due to a sleepless night, I finished this book all in one sitting.
Emilia encapsulates all that is right with beta heroines. Normally, I don’t usually like the damsel in distress, but I loved the sense of danger that came along with this story. Emilia is afraid of her father and after suffering his wrath, she runs away from home. With the knowledge of nefarious plots that he intends to fulfill. She suffers the guilt of being a bad daughter and feels like it is her fault. Is blood thicker than water? In her case, not. I loved the fact that she let Colin take care of her. They did not have a tumultuous relationship, it was more of the tender, sweet love.
Heroes make for an interesting character when they’re broken, battled and bruised. However, I love it even more when the heroine has those kinds of baggage as well. She has scars, both physically and mentally and it was interesting so see how she would surpass those challenges. It makes her stronger in the end, especially with a certain confrontation.
I wish that I had because it would have been easier to understand what the Highland Knights were all about. They all have a part to play and the others make an appearance in this story as well. I loved their interactions, their teasing, and their loyalty. However, knowing their backstory might have made me like it even more. I felt like an outsider. Other than that, the story focuses on Colin and Emilia’s love arc.
Overall, even with my sleep deprived mind, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Can’t go wrong when there are Scottish hunks on the loose. Both characters developed nicely and their romance was sweet.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*