Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: The Sinner by Margaret Mallory

Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.


Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty-and defiant ways.

Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their newfound passion be strong enough to fight the enemy that threatens their home, their clan, and their very lives?

Both Alex and Glynis are influenced in their respective decisions to never marry by past marriages they've seen.  For Alex's, it's his parents' marriage, and for Glynis, her disastrous first marriage where she stabbed her husband, then returned to her father's house. The problem for Glynis is that her father wishes to marry her off once again.  She is able to persuade Alex to take her to Edinburgh in the hopes her mother's family will take her in.  

Their journey is packed with adventure, be it Alex's newly discovered daughter or the pirates threatening towns along the coast.  A Big Misunderstanding then appears on the horizon, which lowered my immense like of Glynis and her gumption.  It took me out of their romance and overshadowed what could have been a joyous reunion between them.   

The Sinner, however, is still a very good book, and I would recommend Ms. Mallory to any historical romance fan.   

(A very special thank you to Forever, Hachette Book Group and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of The Sinner.)

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