Author Kimberly Killion
Mass paperback Pgs.352
Scotland 1502. Akira Neish has been raised as a peasant, her belly often empty and her family subject to the cruel whims of her clan's laird. To the clan's children, the horned shaped birthmark she bears means she is a witch. But she is neither peasant nor witch - and now the man who knows the truth has returned to claim her for his own.
Calin MacLeod has kept Akira's secrets and to avenge his father, the sensual young laird must marry her. He is more than a match for the fiery nature of the woman he adores. Yet the passion they share - and truths that can no longer remain hidden - could rip all of Scotland apart...
Rating 4 1/2
I really enjoyed this heartfelt romantic story. I love Kimberly’s way of writing, she bring you in by writing a heartbroken prologue, then at the end of the Prologue she gives you tremendous hope of what is to come in the rest of the book. This continues throughout the book. This book is full of all emotions, some humorous, betrayals and lots of steamy romance. Then you throw an ex-mistress in the mix and things get quite interesting.
Akira’s life didn’t start out good as a just born baby. (I don’t want to get into the details here, it would be a bad spoiler). She was branded by a man, Calin when she was born. Akira was to marry Calin for an alliance to bring two clans together. Akira new nothing about an alliance but she did know one day a man that was her benefactor would come to get her and marry her. He has paid for her education an much more. Now years later he, Calin has come to claim her, but can she be tamed. Lets just say Akira is a spitfire, she takes nothing off any man. She is still a virgin and wants to remain that way. Until she meets her Benefactor then things change after the first kiss form Calin, she wants more. Will Calin tell her all the story about her birth and the alliance or will he keep it from her and make things worse.
I really felt the love grow between Calin and Akira, they have their ups and downs but their love still grows. I loved the way Calin calls Akira his wee fire breathing dragon, he hit’s the nail on the head with that nickname.