Title: The Beast of Clan Kincaid
Series: Clan Kincaid #1
Author: Lily Blackwood
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…
Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?
Niall Braewick is a man on a mission and nothing will deter him. He is the heir to a fallen clan. His parents murdered, his two brothers, missing or dead. He has plotted his revenge carefully. He’s formed his own army to take back what was his. Since his youth, he’s honed his skills as a fighter, lived as a pauper and became the warrior known as the Beast.
Elspeth MacClaren is the eldest daughter of the Laird now ruling Niall’s former lands. She knows of the Kincaids but not truly how they lost their rule. She’s ready to marry, as she knows she has to. She’s responsible to make a good match to strengthen her clan. When she sees her father’s hired sword, a spark goes off. She’s drawn to him despite knowing it can lead nowhere.
This was a good book to start a new Scottish Highlander romance series. I enjoyed it. I loved the main characters, the suspense elements and the sex was good. It was almost perfect. I hated Elspeth’s stepmother. Despite her change of heart toward the end of the book, she was beyond redemption to me. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley.