When a mad lass in trousers shoots at him, Munro “Bear” MacLawry isn’t sure what impresses him more—the girl’s sure aim or her irresistibly tempting curves. Catriona MacColl has fled to the Highlands with her half-sister to escape an unwanted wedding and wants no part of him, or any man. But he can’t abandon the flame-haired, sharp-tongued wildcat now that he’s discovered her—not when she fits so perfectly in his arms.
Lead to a love for all time?
Munro has more than earned his nickname: he’s a well-muscled, well-favored mountain of a man with an engaging bad-boy grin and a string of well-satisfied lasses behind him. Bringing Catriona food, blankets, candles, everything she needs to survive a winter in an abandoned abbey, Munro is an unexpected gift in her reckless bid for freedom—and an unexpected complication. Clan MacDonald has plans for her, and they don’t include her falling for a MacLawry. But this man makes her feel like a woman—and he may be her one chance to live a life about which she’s only dared dream.
Themes: Scottish, Historical
Rating: 4.5 stars
The final sibling has fallen under love’s spell. For those that have been following this series from the beginning, these siblings have a bad habit of finding love in all the wrong places. Each of the other four siblings have found their mates and their lives now revolve around their mates and their children. Munro, aka Bear to his friend and family, has watched all of his siblings find love and he’s not interested in being saddled with one woman for the rest of his life, so there’s no way he will let his oldest brother rope him into a marriage just to form an alliance for this clan. When he stumbles across a wild and sexy woman living off the land around his clan home, his interest is peaked and there is no way he can resist getting to know her. Catriona has her reasons for hiding from the world and living off the land, not the least of which is her younger sister who she is helping run from an unwanted arranged marriage. When Bear forces his way into her life she is determined to keep him out, but the more time they spend together the more the big handsome highlander steals her heart. But there is no way the two of them can keep the world at bay forever and their love for one another, no matter how strong, will be tested beyond measure. I absolutely loved seeing Bear fall in love with the Cat, who beyond any woman he’d ever met was the PERFECT match for him. She really does wear the pants in this relationship! :D Bear is the kind of guy that I would love to find for myself: gentle, loving, sweet, but also strong, brave and sexy. He is the quintessential highland male in my opinion and there is no denying that he gives his all to his woman once he recognizes her. Cat is gun shy for good reason, but as she comes up against the brick wall that is Munro she proves she can more than hold her own. She is brave, capable, and strong in her own right and when they are faced with adversity instead of running a second time, Cat takes a stand, right beside her man, and demands her due as an independent and strong woman. The passion between Cat and Bear is subtle, only in that Cat just doesn’t really understand her attraction, but once Bear brings out the woman in her, her inventiveness and sensuality bring the heat to the forefront and show that sometimes even the most unlikely of matches can be made in heaven. I loved reading this story, laughing, crying, and falling in love right along with both of these lovers, though I wish we could have had an epilogue where we got a glimpse of Cat and Bear a few years down the line. Looking forward to the next series by Suzanne and enjoying more of her writing as time goes on.
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