Amalie Chauvenet was more terrified for her life and her father’s than ever and couldn’t just wait as the battle raged outside. Things seemed hopeless for the French with the deadly, legendary McKinnon Rangers militia against them and the British forces outnumbered their own. Helping at the hospital provided distraction until her father’s aide’s solemn face spoke o her as his body was brought in.
Exiled from Scotland and forced to serve the British in the French-Indian war, level headed, middle brother, Morgan McKinnon has inherited command of the Rangers. French spirits are raised with the heavy British losses during the battle and Morgan wounded and captured. They would be able to try him as a traitor before handing him over to their allies for more punishment and death.
It fell to Amalie to assist in Morgan’s care and she did it with a heavy heart knowing the fate awaiting him coupled with her grief. Amalie’s dutiful feelings graduated to tender and then to loving the more she looked at Morgan as man instead of an enigma. As he heals, Morgan sees Amalie as a woman he could want forever. Meanwhile Morgan’s family and his men believe him lost to them forever.
Amalie’s soft with a steel spine as expected from every word in the read. Morgan’s definitely the stuff dreams are made of, the epitome of the sexy, indestructible and steadfast hero against a backdrop of war is perfect for his story. Bourlamaque and Rillieux were wonderful characters as they made their views about the couple known.
A comparison to Surrender would be unfair. Fans of this engaging trilogy get a more or less even view of the conflict as the reads play to the very strong characters strengths and growth arcs as grudging respect is exchanged. The outing is solidly in this reader’s indescribably good bin.