Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: The Warrior 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.


From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain's daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira's pull on his heart is stronger than ever.

Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive. When a rugged warrior arrives to save her, the desperate beauty thinks her prayers have been answered—until she realizes it's Duncan. The man who once broke her heart is now her only hope. Moira vows never again to give herself—or reveal her secrets—to the fierce warrior, but as they race across the sea, danger and desire draw them ever closer.

We are introduced to Duncan MacDonald in The Guardian, book one of the Return of the Highlanders series.  He is a powerful warrior, but he's lonely, and he mourns the loss of his first love who had married into another clan while Duncan, Connor, Ian, and Alex were fighting in France.  Given Duncan's demeanor throughout the course of two books, I assumed once he found love, he would be happier.  And despite the fact that he finds love again (love renewed perhaps?) with his first love, Connor's sister, Moira, I couldn't believe that what Duncan and Moira had shared during their one summer as lovers would be all encompassing and never dimming.  Meaning, I wanted them to have more of a reconnection and maybe some more angst so their happily ever after would feel worth the years of separation.  I didn't enjoy The Warrior as much as I had hoped I would.  

I do have high expectations for The Chieftan (February 2013), however, and am looking forward to the obstacles Ms. Mallory places in front of Connor and Ilysa.       

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

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