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The Beast of Clan Kincaid

Book 1, Highland Warrior

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Description

A Highland warrior battles to reclaim his birthright in the first of a new series filled with seduction, revenge, and soul-stirring passion…

They call him the Beast—a hardened mercenary whose heart seems as cold as his icy blue gaze. They do not know his true name: Niall Braewick, son of the Laird of Kincaid. It has been years since he escaped into the forest the night his father was murdered. Now he has returned, ablaze with a vengeful hunger. He will gain the MacClaren chief’s trust, gather his clan, and take back his lands. And take the MacClaren’s daughter as well…

Though he pulled her from the river, saving her life, Elspeth has been warned to keep her distance from her father’s hired warrior. He is a barbarian—a shame, as he is far more compelling than the lechers and fools competing for her dowry. Little does she know that, like the castle itself, she is a prize Niall intends to claim…but will he extract blood for blood and possess what is his, or will his enemy’s beautiful, innocent daughter tempt him to forsake his dream of conquest?

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 11, 2016 – Blackwood's first Clan Kincaid novel, set in late 14th-century Scotland, builds a credible romantic story on a stock marriage-for-revenge plot. Niall Braewick was only 12 years old when his father, the Laird of Kincaid, was killed in a clan battle. Seventeen years later, Niall is a hardened warrior known as the Beast, and he has returned to the lands of his childhood to reclaim his ancestral home. Without disclosing his true identity, Niall quickly wins the favor of the current laird, Laird MacClaren. Niall is especially enamored with the MacClaren's oldest daughter, Elspeth, who attracts him with her beauty and her resilience. But while Niall had initially planned to use Elspeth as a pawn in his game to capture the castle, he starts to care for her and is unwilling to use her so cruelly, even to fulfill his lifelong quest. The romance between Niall and Elspeth develops gradually as their kind and caring natures are revealed in tender moments. The harsh realities of 14th-century life are offset by the raw beauty of the land and the stalwart nature of the people. The protagonists' intense passion will keep readers riveted.

Customer Reviews

3.5 Stars rounded

3.5 Stars rounded

Few stories exist without one of the key components of love, family, vengeance or loss. Lily Blackwood managed to mix all of these elements into her debut offering, and created a fun and clever story. Drawn in by the prologue that explains Niall’s history and need for vengeance, and sets readers up for a mix of intrigue and danger.

Elspeth is almost too good to be true: you just know that the little sparrows dress her each morning. She’s not entirely without development, although I wish she had more edge – she does lose some of this sweetness with her second thoughts and guilt over her attraction to the man who is foremost, her clan’s enemy.

Niall, after a seventeen year hiatus from his home lands, is back, and a few unexpected moments where he rescues the endangered Elspeth, fueling their mutual attraction and intrigue. He’s got plenty to worry about, much of which is shunted to the side with each new moment with Elspeth, where he seems to lose all sense of purpose unless that purpose is having her.

Secondary characters move through the story and most add elements of intrigue, dialogue and some clever misdirection that only started on some plot lines that were never fully resolved or justified with behavioral changes. Mostly the ideas were unique and clever, the story was engaging and characters were amusing but everything was needing a bit more development.

Blackwood has skills – her writing is solid and readable, but she did get mired with some overly complicated plot twists, an insta-love connection that was mostly sweet, if immature, with a couple of sensual scenes that felt as if they were added in to amp up the H/h connection. Not a bad start by any means, with a style that promises more good things to come with time and focus paid to each character’s development in terms of maintaining their personality in ways that feel natural and organic.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Great Read

I really enjoyed reading this book. Loved all the characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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The Beast of Clan Kincaid
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: May 31, 2016
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Highland Warrior
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