371 pages, E-book
Borrowed from Library
First in Maclean series
As chieftain of the Clan MacInnes, Lady Isolde will do anything to protect her people -- including sacrifice herself to the enemy. Donall the Bold, laird of the hated MacLeans, lies locked in her dungeon awaiting execution. But rather than slay him, Isolde comes up with a daring plan to forge a lasting peace between their clans.
Though Donall curses his beautiful captor, only a madman would refuse to savor the pleasures beneath that tantalizing aura of dignity and grace. But Isolde offers a mere covenant ... and Donall craves nothing less than total conquest. Vowing to steal her heart and take his freedom, the renowned warrior instead will find himself in a different kind of prison -- one made of sweet, decadent passion, and one he may never wish to escape.
It actually sets the scene for some of the most important scenes of the book, so I like it.
Verbose where it wasn't needed and without explanations in areas that needed to be expounded on for clarity. Transitions were nonexistant leaving me completely confused on more than one occassion.
Sweet love, but the concept of consent is long forgotten. If the genders were reversed there would be outrage and in an attempt to show that the man still has the upper hand he makes a speech when boiled down it simply states, "I'll have you, even if that means raping you." Both being tortured all day and then tied to a bed to perform "baby-making" duties and being told that your consent to have sex doesn't matter are equally repulsive in my view.
The characters were flat, the plot repitious and overall I just simply did not enjoy this book.
I'm a wife, student, and a dog-lover who reads when I should be folding laundry (bane of my existance), I write (rarely as academic papers consume my life), and love getting wrapped up in fiction.