by Cathy Maxwell
Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell continues her most powerful series with the latest novel about the Chattan Curse
Every woman has her dreams
Portia Maclean believes she is beyond love and marriage. Then one moonlit night, while attempting a daring masquerade in a desperate bid to protect her family, she finds herself swept off her feet by a powerful stranger. His very touch makes her long for much more. But what will he do when once he discovers she has betrayed him?
Every man has his demons
Harry Chattan is fighting for his family-their honor and their lives. For two hundred years the Chattan men have been destroyed by love.and now he's come to Scotland on the hunt for a witch who can break the legend's curse. Instead he finds himself bewitched by the tantalizing Portia. Determined to right legendary wrongs, Harry has vowed to fight the demons that torture him.
But will that battle destroy her as well?
This is such exactly what many readers are looking for when it comes to historical romance. It's a page turner with not just a great romance, but also a mystery, and a supernatural element as well. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as I learned more about the curse. The chemistry between the two leads was fantastic! At times it felt like it was the curse that had the sparks flying, but I think it was just the curse that brought them together, and the sparks they made all on their own.
I am so curious to go back and read the first book in this series now, because I became so caught up with the characters. I never felt like I was missing anything by not reading the first book though. This one can definitely stand on its own. However, there are definitely cliffhangers at the end of the story, so the third book is a must-read!
Owl, the cat, is such a great addition to the story, but you will have to read the books to find out why. Portia is a fantastic heroine, and I can't say enough how much I loved that she wore glasses. Even when her mother wanted her to stop wearing them to 'improve' her appearance, she didn't listen. Harry may be stubborn and indomitable at first, but he does stand up for those he loves, and doesn't waver in his loyalty. The supporting characters are equally well-drawn and really round out the story.
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Bottom Line: A wonderful historical romance, with lots of otherworldly charm and mystery, too. I can't wait to read the other books in the series!