Can unexpected passion and a little ancient magic turn enemies into lovers?
During a fierce storm on the west coast of Scotland, Shamus MacKenzie barely survives a galley wreck only to be captured and held for ransom by the enemy MacDonalds. Aided by the gift of second sight, Maili MacDonald, sister of the ruthless chief, senses the handsome, dark-haired stranger will somehow be important in her life. Compelled to help him, she insists on providing him food and a healer to see to his injuries. She knows she is daft to fall in love with this captivating warrior after one forbidden kiss but cannot help herself. With each visit from Maili, Shamus finds his thoughts consumed by the enchanting lass. Can he convince her to help him escape the dungeon and prevent the impending battle between the two clans?
This novella is also in the Kissing the Highlander anthology.
Excerpt: The twenty-oar birlinn sliced through the rough waters off Scotland's west coast. The cool wind lashing at him, Shamus MacKenzie glanced up at the dark clouds hovering over the gray-violet sunset. A storm was fast approaching. His oldest brother, Cyrus, Chief of Clan MacKenzie, had sent him and his two brothers, Dermott and Fraser, along with full crews on their two galleys to escort the Earl of Rebbinglen to Glasgow. Having accomplished their task five days ago, the brothers and clan members were now on their way home. The weather had been calm until this night. Black clouds rolled in faster and faster. Lightning flashed, near blinding him. They were in for a thrashing. "Whose canny idea was it to leave Inveraray?" Fraser grumbled behind him. Shamus turned, barely able to make out his younger brother's blue eyes and black hair in the dimness. He well knew Fraser would've liked to have stayed at Inveraray for a fortnight with all the lovely ladies. "Cyrus wanted us to return home forthwith," Shamus said loudly enough to be heard over the rising wind. If they'd stayed any longer, no doubt his irritable older brother would've sent a fleet of galleys to fetch them home. Though now, he wished they had waited a day or two to continue their journey north. Thunder boomed and the western wind off the sea blasted them. The oarsmen heaved and grunted, trying to stay the course as the galley rode up and down through the giant swells. "Stay away from the rocks!" Shamus commanded. The white caps and swirling currents betrayed the dangerous hidden boulders closer to shore. The helmsman shouted something Shamus couldn't hear over the wind. Drops of rain stung his face, and a moment later, pounded him in cold sheets. Saints, he'd never been at sea in such a quick and terrible gale. Blood pounded in his ears as he tried to figure out a course of action. How could he keep his younger brother and his clansmen safe? Dermott manned the other galley. During a lightning flash, Shamus' gaze scanned over the rough waters and he glimpsed the other vessel some distance behind them. "May God protect us all," he whispered, salty seawater splashing into his mouth. Torrents of chill rain drove against them. Though the sail was down, the fearsome wind, along with the enormous waves, propelled the birlinn eastward, toward the shore and the treacherous unseen boulders just beneath the churning surface. "Stay the course!" Shamus commanded, scrambling over two thwarts and joining the helmsman in the stern. He grabbed hold of the rudder, helping to steer. He squinted through the rain, able to see only the outline of the mainland. The torches on shore they'd been using to help gauge their route had recently been doused in the downpour. The brilliant flashes of lightning revealed little but the violent sea. A massive wave crashed into the birlinn and sent it careening into a deep trough. Shouts sounded all around him as Shamus grappled to keep his hold on the slippery rudder, his stomach dropping. Was this the end? Would they all die this night?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Vonda Sinclair is one of the authors I consider my treasures. Her ability to pull the reader into the story and feel the emotions as the characters come to life, will keep this author on the top shelf. The reader may open up the book, begin to read the story and escape from everyday humdrum surrounding them. My Captive Highlander is the Highlander Adventure book seven.
The story unfolds and brings enemies together. The hero, Shamus MacKenzie, is a member of a group traveling across the sea towards home. A terrible storm hits and the next thing Shamus knows he is waking up on the shore, being beaten and taken prisoner by his enemy and thrown into the dungeon.
The heroine, Maili MacDonald, is the sister of the clan chief who is blessed with the sight and has seen this particular prisoner in her visions. She disagrees on many issues with her brother and she feels she must intervene and somehow get the prisoner help. She brings the healer to the prisoner so...
OMG, l just love the way Vonda Sinclair writes! The way she writes makes you feel completely immersed in the story. Her characters come across as genuine, complex, caring individuals. Who needs "Calgon" to take them away when we have such exciting and romantic adventures provided to us by Vonda Sinclair. Her love for Scotland and all things Scottish is woven innovate fabric of each of her books! I am super excited to be able to also listen to the audio versions. I can't wait until I have them all 😃. It's almost torture having to wait for her next masterpiece! If you haven't read her books, you really need to! You'll be so glad you did! (Reading them in order is always fun for me, but since so many of the characters overlap throughout the series, each book can still be experienced as a wonderful, stand alone book. I highly recommend any and ALL of her books! I just adore each and every one of them! 😊
I enjoyed the book for the most part it was the length and plausibility that the two fell in love so fast that was hard for me to swallow. The couple are great you have the strong highlander, Shamus MacKenzie, who gets kidnapped after a shipwreck and is then beaten and thrown in the MacDonald dungeon for ransom. The h has visions and so I always seem to enjoy that along with healing ability. They are two kind souls that are caught in between a feud that has went on for years.
Maili MacDonald and her brother do not see eye to eye and her brother treats as though she is a pebble caught in his shoe. The beginning part of the book was strong and when the escape comes was when it began to fall apart. The, "I love you's" just came so fast and the reason behind them was just a bit shaky for me. I think if the book had been longer it could have really helped build up the strength of her characters and the plot. There is a love scene but again would have been better if there...
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