Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 6, 2007)
When Emily Hamilton's family is ordered to send a woman to the Scottish highlands for marriage to the laird of the Sinclair, Emily volunteers in order to save her younger sister from such a fate. But at her new home, the only friend she finds is the laird's sister-especially after Emily's stubborn streak causes the laird to cancel the marriage. And though her plans have gone awry, she refuses to return home...
Lachlan Balmoral is laird of his clan-and leader of his pack. One of the most feared werewolves prowling the Highlands, he is on the march against the hated Sinclair, who have abducted a Balmoral woman. He kidnaps the sister of the Sinclair laird, planning to marry her off in revenge-but the woman he takes along with her proves to be the greater prize...
For Emily feeds a desire he has never known existed. And though Lachlan would not think of touching his enemy's betrothed, he must know how a mere woman could tame his heart so easily...
From the prologue of this story ( where she masterfully entwines Scottish history and myth) Lucy Monroe swept me away, teased my imagination and creates a race in ancient times.
The King had summoned her father to wed one of his daughters to a Scottish Laird and Emily wants to protect her deaf sister so she volunteers to marry the laird. What Emily doesn’t know is that Talorc is a Chrechte and they have different mating rituals. From the moment they meet they instantly disliked each other. She becomes very close to his sister Cait though and when they take a walk to the lake a rival clan abducts them.
The story in mainly about the fact that Emily doesn’t know about the Chrechte race within the Highlands and the exact motive for revenge behind the abduction. Emily and Lachlan immediately have a sizzling chemistry but Lachlan needs to mate a femwolf for the survival of his clan. A major secondary story is that of Cait and Drustan. The two love stories are perfectly woven within the main story and they take you into a different world. What kept me enthralled was the way Lucy Monroe used rules and behavior within a wolf pack to a Chrechte clan. The way they love, claim, mate, hunt and establish dominant Alpha’s as the leader and submissive behavior among the warriors. This gives a very true feel to their race, she gives the wolf a human face and I loved every moment of it!
The story is told in a pleasant pace, the passion is absolutely there but has a more functional role as to establish mates and the Chrechte males reactions to a woman. This gives more room for emotion, information and the plot, where a dark force hides within the clan lurking for a way to go up the food chain.
I hungered for a while to read a good highlander story and Lucy Monroe gave me the best off two of my favorite genres: Highlanders and Paranormal. The story itself is as old as time since highlander stories were told, but she gives her own voice too it with her Chrechte world. For me she took me to the Scottish highlands and made me breath in all I craved so much!
This is the first book in the Children of the Moon series and all I can say is that I will reserve space on my bookshelf for the future books! This novel is two thumbs up!