Two words will give you a pretty good impression of what you will find if you read Possession of a Highlander by Madeline Martin. Intrigue. Passion.
Brianna Lindsey's father is dead. But his death is a secret. A secret that is keeping Brianna in charge of Edzell Castle and its lands, but barely. Her legitimacy has always been questioned and now her despicable cousin Robert is even more of a threat. He wants her lands and will use any underhanded method he can to get them.
Colin MacKinnon also wants Edzell. But he wants to gain it by wooing Brianna. Colin proves his worth, taking over the Captain of the Guard position and training her fighting men.
Brianna is determined to keep Edzell for herself. Robert and Colin are determined to have it also. Will it come down to a choice of the lesser of two evils?
Secrets, spying, false accusations, treachery and blackmail. You will find all of these elements in this book. Sometimes I like to guess at who the bad guy is and sometimes it is good to be able to boo and hiss at them throughout the story. In Possession of a Highlander, the bad guys are not subtle. They stick out like a sore thumb. You just want someone to run a sword through them. Or something.
Colin's wooing of Brianna is sweet and often humorous. Brianna has always preferred her independence, her books and taking care of Edzell. There is no place for a man in her life. But slowly, Colin chips away at that stoic heart. Well, maybe not all that slowly since, very quickly, Brianna discovers that she is actually attracted to Colin. The relationship is bound to heat up!
One of the things I enjoyed about Possession of a Highlander is that Brianna is as much the heroine as Colin is a hero. They both do their share of saving each other. And getting into trouble. And being noble. But here is what I liked the best. Both Brianna and Colin are asked to make a life-changing decision when they finally get what they have always been seeking. Kind of a duet of opportunities, if you will. Difficult circumstances. Difficult choices. In the end, their choices are perfect, leading to a satisfying end to this heartfelt love story.
Though it is book 2 in Madeline Martin's Highlander series, Possession of a Highlander very enjoyable as a standalone story.
**ARC provided by Author**