Seduction of a Highland Warrior by Sue-Ellen Welfonder


Seduction of a Highland Warrior by Sue-Ellen Welfonder
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

At the King’s request, chieftain Alasdair MacDonald has sworn to preserve the peace in the Glen of Many Legends. Though he’s handsome and fearless, his warrior’s heart belongs only to his beloved land—until the fair sister of his oldest enemy shatters his defenses, branding his skin with a single touch, and sealing his fate with one stolen kiss . . .

Lady Marjory Mackintosh will do anything to unite the warring clans, even seduce Alasdair MacDonald. She has loved the rugged Highlander since she first saw him and now, as temptation leads to surrender, Marjory dares to possess him, body and soul. But a dangerous new menace enters the Glen, and he will stop at nothing to strip Alasdair of his honor—and the only woman who can claim his heart.

The Highland faeries must be on the side of love for it to find its way among so much anger, so many grudges, so much greed, and need for revenge.

The lore of ancient Scotland with its ghosts, magic, and superstitions plus Ms. Welfonder’s graphic descriptions of the bleak, cold, stony peaks of far-north Scotland with winds that cry and howl, rain that chills, and mists that swirling like ghosts in motion lures the reader in for a vicarious experience with fourteenth-century Scots who are rather like mirror images of their environment—harsh, volatile, and threatening. But like the weather they can change in a moment and be as wonderful as a beautiful sun-bright day. There seems to be no in-between, all things are extreme.

Three strong women put into action their plan to secure peace for The Glen of Many Legends. Two-thirds of the plan has been successful, but Marjory Mackintosh has yet to succeed in her part of the plan. Alasdair MacDonald is a hard man to seduce, especially since he and her brother Kendrew are enemies. These two men are just one step this side of being barbarians when they are in each other’s presence.

The smart, resourceful Marjory has outfoxed her brother up to now in his efforts to marry her off to a powerful Viking that will strengthen his clan’s ties to their Norse kin. She wants to marry for love and the chieftain of Blackshore Castle, Alasdair MacDonald, is the love of her life. She wears the MacDonald amber around her neck that came to her by way of Isobel, her sister-in-law who received them from Catriona, Alasdair’s sister. If their plan works, Marjory will wed Alasdair and the legendary amber will be back where it belongs, with the MacDonald.

Hella, that Marjory and Isobel go to see, adds a hint of magic as she interprets the dream Marjory had about her part in a Viking funeral ritual—a scary experience. Her interpretation does not ease Marjory’s mind.

Alasdair MacDonald tells himself he is not superstitious. Of course, he does feel the magic of Mist-Chaser, his sword, that is embellished with ambers and he feels the glen is TOO quiet. Moreover, he is sure it’s just the mist and fog that looks like a ghost beckoning him but he goes anyway to see if there is threatening danger approaching by sea.

After being away for months, Alasdair is determined to secure his clan’s hold on their heritage at all cost. However, another need plagues him. His all consuming desire for Marjory Mackintosh has killed his interest in all other women and makes him frustrated, unsettled, and unreasonably angry. The thought of a Viking’s hands on her makes him murderous. Besides that, the MacDonald amber around her neck seem to call him to her.

The ghosts of Drangar the Strong and Seona watch over and nudge their descendants in the right direction when possible. Their insubstantial forms thwart their efforts but they persevere. The subtle humor Drangar furnishes is, indeed, great comic relief and the lovely twist in his and Seona’s relationship late in the story is delightful.

The extreme anger that erupts so often and the harsh words spoken seem a little over done, but the secretive doings of Vikings, ghosts, as wells those of the Scots keep the story moving apace. Of course, the inner thoughts of the hero and heroine let the reader in on the emotional turmoil that comes with thwarted love.

Sue-Ellen Welfonder takes the reader away from the mundane and gives her an emotional journey that floods the senses and makes the heart pound with both hope and fear. If you have read previous books in the series, you will get to catch up with old acquaintances as they are quite active as secondary characters in Seduction of a Highland Warrior. This one kept me up late and was worth every minute.

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