Tempest in the Highlands

Tempest in the Highlands (Scottish Relic Series) by May McGoldrick

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Overview by Publisher:

Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

Ancient forces are at work, drawing the four possessors of the relic’s power to the Isle of the Dead in the Outer Hebrides for a final battle where good must overcome the forces of evil in this spectacular finale to the Scottish Relic Trilogy.

This is the final book in the Scottish Relic Trilogy.  It has been a wild ride with some really great plot and characters. Each story features a young Scottish woman who has a stone that gives her a power – heal the sick, see the future, speak to the dead.  These powers are being hunted by rogue English soldier, Sir Ralph Evers.  Time is winding down and this is the final story that will resolve the lingering issues from each book.

Miranda has lost her mother and been given her powers. She is to look for a man named Hawk as he is her only hope.  She steals aboard his ship and ends up saving his life.  They wash up on the Isle of the Dead and things are not what they seem.

Miranda has been pretending to be a boy.  It takes a while for Hawk to realize this, so the relationship between the two is one of master and employee for a good while.  This is a good thing in the book.  It is because you get the measure of Hawk’s temperament and thoughts as he thinks he is speaking to a subordinate and a boy.  It’s sort of like how it is important to see how your date treats the waitstaff at a restaurant. The author gives the reader time to decide if Hawk is just a pirate or a man worthy of Miranda and her powers.

The island adds a paranormal aspect to the story.  Strange things happen on the island and there is more to fear than being stranded there.  Miranda and Hawk spend their time battling the elements and the mysterious inhabitants of the island.  Since the characters are stranded on the island, there is little interaction with the outside world and for the reader to see them in a different setting.  While isolating, it does create intimacy for the two.

Miranda and Hawk fall in love pretty quickly once he realizes that she is not a boy.  They share their hopes and disappointments, finding common ground over their difficult fathers.  A remote, hostile island in Northern Scotland doesn’t sound like the most romantic setting, but they manage to find a way.  There isn’t as much steamy action as the other books, but that is because there is a huge finale to come.

The story wraps up all the storylines of the trilogy.  The women who hold a relic all meet on the island and confront the evil Evers.  I won’t spoil the resolution, but it was quite rewarding and exciting!  A fun, engaging historical paranormal romance!

Read review of BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO Taming the Highlander

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