Talking about Scotland:
Journeying from England to Scotland, Lady Brenna has resigned herself to an arranged match with a highlander. But when a band of fierce, painted warriors captures her en route, she fearlessly meets their demand to instead marry their leader—her betrothed’s sworn enemy—the quick-tempered Connor MacAlister.
Brenna harbors no illusions that her husband is in love with her, but their shared past gives her hope. Maybe the laird who once visited her father’s castle and charmed her with a dazzling, unexpected smile remains underneath Connor’s stern exterior.
But as she sets out to win the man whom she has come to adore, a legacy of revenge ensnares Brenna in a furious clan war—and only her faith in her new husband can save her...
Ohh, I loved this book and when I had finished it a couple of days ago, I went and downloaded two more books by Julie Garwood. Since then I have reread this book more than once. It's not just the story, which is nice and well plotted but it is the humour that made me love this book so much. Every now and then (and sometimes a bit more often) I laughed out loud or smiled - sometimes goofily, sometimes just amused. I loved the way the characters interacted and how both of them tried to make the other see reason. When Lady Brenna formulates her vows I laughed so hard and I loved how Connor reacts to her and her quirks.
Brenna is one of those characters that you just have to love because they are charming and lovable, strong and independent, loyal and sweet whereas Connor is a bit more of a nut to crack. A very fierce and very hard nut to crack - but very soon Brenna's love for life, her courage, her stubbornness and her love for her new husband and all those around her don't leave him any other choice but to fall in love with her as well.
Burdened with a dark legacy due to the murder of his father, Connor's life is determined by fight and revenge. But, well, when a man like that falls in love...? When a man like that falls in love there's no going back, his love is as solid as it could ever be.
His enemies are plotting but his friends stay true and I loved to see how much those hard men care for each other and how much they very quickly come to care for Brenna as well, not only but also because she means so much to Connor (even though he himself still fights those feelings for a long time).
Those who have read "The Bride", will meet Jamie and Alex again in this second book of the series and I think they will enjoy to see how much they are still in love.
A wonderful and well written book with an intriguing story and very likeable characters, I can definitely recommend it!
(And I won't start ranting against the way women were sold into marriage like cattle.... Not this time, anyway....)