When renowned Highland warrior Hamish MacBrieve gets word that his clan is in danger, he travels home to help them protect themselves, with no intention of staying, but a beautiful woman, a scheming brother, and unexpected surges of loyalty tempt him to stay.
Having left his family and the MacBrieve clan 12 years ago—when his brother, Robert, married Selah, the woman he thought he loved, and became laird—Hamish has resisted many requests to come home. A celebrated warrior and member of the powerful McTiernay clan’s elite guard, Hamish has no desire to return, and he’s not interested in being his brother's second-in-command. However, he knows the clan is in danger from the current military commander, Ulrick, who wants to usurp Robert. A powerful bully, Ulrick has benefited from Robert’s inability to stand up to him, but now that the situation is critical—and Ulrick has left on an errand that gives him the opportunity to raise an army against Clan MacBrieve—Robert has sent for his warrior brother. Hamish relents but makes it clear that it’s a one-time deal and he won’t step in again. Coming home offers him the opportunity to reconnect with friends he’d left behind and work with them to strengthen the clan while witnessing its many weaknesses, and he concludes that Robert is an ineffective leader. Selah’s sister, Mairead, is a pretty firecracker who has been instrumental behind the scenes, and Hamish feels like he may have finally met his match. He's still not ready to commit to the clan, but after Ulrick returns and threatens Mairead, and Hamish discovers his brother’s grand plan, he may reconsider. Smartly drawn characters and an intricate plot are often undermined by incessant shifts in the characters’ point of view.
A sexy, fun, and generally successful Highlander historical romance.