Lady Katarina has been holding the Irish stronghold Rardove for Queen Elizabeth. (The Virgin Queen is a slyly drawn character in this book!) The year is 1589 and Elizabeth has decided to give the barony to an English lord. This does not go over well with Aodh Mac Con who believes he is the rightful heir. What’s a rogue Irishman to do? Why seize the castle for himself… including its very clever lady.
This Medieval romance was remarkably entertaining. We’ve given Ms. Kennedy’s books very good grades and, after reading this, I see why. The chemistry–insta-lust, really–between the leads was intense and believable. The heroine and the hero were equally strong, smart, resourceful and smitten. The story and the historical backdrop was in depth enough to be interesting but didn’t weigh down the face paced tale. I’ve been feeling blah about historicals lately and this one perked me right up!