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The Chieftain by Margaret Mallory
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2013-02-26
Reviewed by Miranda
Connor, chieftain of the MacDonalds of Sleat, holds the fate of his people in his hands. Rival clans are plotting to take over his lands, and duty determines whom he will fight, trust . . . even marry. Seeking guidance, Connor turns to Ilysa, a young lass with the gift of foresight, who reveals an approaching danger-and a passion that burns only for him. But the warrior must make a powerful marriage alliance, and Ilysa's bloodline is far too humble. With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?
Connor MacDonald is the Chieftain. He has the responsibility of keeping all of his people safe from those that strike against them. A part of keeping them safe is marrying a woman that comes with a strong alliance. Connor has always known love would not be in the cards for the Chieftain and that never bothered him until now.
Ilysa is the sister of Duncan, one of Connor’s faithful friends. She is also a seer. Ilysa is in love with Connor but she knows a relationship between them is impossible because of her humble beginnings but that doesn’t stop her from trying to protect him from the danger she sees coming.
When Connor and Ilysa are forced to work closer together he sees another side of the woman who has always been there for him. The shy drab girl is turning into a strong woman and it’s getting harder to hide the feelings she causes. Will The Chieftain find a way to win the woman he loves or will war take away everything he desires?
Wow, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve waited for what seems like forever for Connor’s story and now I’m so sad that it’s over! It’s safe to say that Margaret Mallory’s Return of the Highlanders series is an all-time favorite of mine. I never thought I could fall in love with Scottish heroes until I was introduced to one that stole my heart in The Guardian.
I admit that I have been wondering for a while now how Ms. Mallory was going to work the relationship between Connor and Ilysa. I am very happy with the way things turned out. There are so many great things about The Chieftain. It is great to see all of the men of the series come together in this story. The scenes with the four of them are so fantastic. However, the scenes between Connor and Ilysa are magic. The two of them have an undeniable chemistry that is amped up because of the forbidden nature of their relationship. Not only should he marry for his people but Ilysa is his best friend’s sister. Lots of dramatic tension makes The Chieftain an allstar!
If you’re looking for a passionate highlander romance then The Chieftain is for you. Margaret Mallory creates spectacular stories filled with love and adventure.