Seduction of A Highland Warrior is Sue-Ellen Welfonder's final book in her Highland Warriors Series. It is an intricate dance between, myth, magic and mayhem and tells the stories of three clans that claim the glen of many legends as their own.
Before time the Glen of Many Legends belonged soley to the Donald Clan but time and battles fought has divided it between three clans. Each clan is willing to live and die for their rights to it. Tired of the strife, the King finally declared a battle for truce (yeah only men would consider this) the women of the three clans had other plans in mind. Three women one from each clan swore an oath to end the warring through the time honored way of marriage. Catriona MacDonald married James Cameron in SINS OF A HIGHLAND DEVIL Isobel Cameron married Kendrew Mackintosh, Chieftain of his clan in TEMPTATION OF A HIGHLAND SCOUNDREL. That leaves Lady Marjory Mackintosh and chieftain Alasdair MacDonald left to close the circle.
Alasdair MacDonald is laird of the clan MacDonald, a strong laird who wants what is best for his clan. Knowing that a relationship with Marjory Mackintosh would only bring more bloodshed he sacrifices all. Leaving his beloved glen for over a year. Only to return to find that the feelings are still there. He is convinced that there is something wrong in the glen. That bloodshed is not far off and no matter how hard he tries to warn Kendrew.. he is not listened to. It doesn't help that both men tend to be arrogant asses and are willing to provoke each other at the drop of a hat. Or that Kendrew is trying to marry Marjory off to Norse royalty. Or that everything Alasdair tries to warn Kendrew he is found in a questionable position with Marjory..
Lady Makintosh is determined to do her part in bringing peace to the glen, that it requires the "sacrifice" of marrying the man of her dreams is a burden she must bear. *grins* Of course she seems to be constantly butting her head against the stone wall of Alasdair's discipline, two steps forward one step back. Between Alasdair and Kendrew, Marjory is ready to do some serious hurt. Adding to that she is having "dreams" dreams that foretell of her death.
Besides the ongoing tension in the glen, the secret plot to replace a Viking's wife in his burial fire w/Marjory and personal battles of Marjory and Alasdair there is the ghostly love story. Yep, that's right.. two ghosts have spent eternity grieving over mistakes made in life. Honestly, it was too much. There was great potential in this book, in the story but so much going on it got confusing. That and I wasn't thrilled with the hero or the antagonist. I wanted to just slap them both upside the head.
I will admit, I did not read the first two books and maybe that would have helped but I feel it was more Ms Welfonder's style of writing that threw me off. And yet, once I got into the book it took an awful lot to pull me away from it. If you enjoy Highland stories you will enjoy this book. It embraces the highlands, it's heritage and yes the battles that made these people the legends that they became.
This review is based on the ARC of Seduction of A Highland Warrior provided by netgalley