Overview: Iain MacKinnon is Laird of the MacKinnon clan and full of guilt. His mother died giving birth to him, and then on the day his son was born his wife declared that she would rather die than have him touch her again. Then promptly leaped out of the tower window on to the jagged rocks of the moor below. Page is the daughter of a noble Englishman, and plagued with more than guilt, self-loathing. From the first moment she can remember, her father hated her and made it well known. He would hit her and treated her no better than he did a servant. Making it easy for her to sneak out at night for a swim, where she is kidnapped by the MacKinnon’s in hopes of retrieving Iain’s own kidnapped six year old son. Offering to trade the daughter for his son, Iain confronted Fitzsiomon, but soon learned he did not care what happened to Page. Threatening the life of the King, her father quickly handed the boy over and exclaiming he would kill his daughter if Iain brought her back. Not wanting to sacrifice her to that fate, or tell her what her father said, Iain told Page he was stealing her and taking her home with him. A long ride home, the two fought their own demons and growing love for each other. Both silently saying one could not love the other because of their pasts, not knowing the man who kidnapped the little boy was in their traveling group. Once home, passion ensues and all seems well for a few days, then everything explodes. Glenna, the midwife, locks herself in her home refusing to see anyone. Fitzsiomon comes to take his daughter back, bringing the Scottish King along to quell any trouble and the original kidnapper is revealed in a plot to kill both Page and the young boy.
Opinion: Loved it. The characters were so painfully real, that they almost seemed like satirical caricatures of real emotions. I laughed, I cried, became angry and frustrated. It is not often that one can find themselves so attuned to a character in a book, but for inexplicable reasons, I have found myself in this book and have no words for how much I love this book. Full of action and danger, it is not just a romance novel it is a thrill ride.
Overview: 16 year old Allie Sheridan is in trouble for the final time. After her third arrest in a year, her parents ship her off to boarding school. This school is so far removed from London and any town, that no one knows it even exists. To make it more ominous, before she left Allie tried to tell her friends where she was going…and her mom literally pulls the phone line out of the jack. At the school she is set to read the rules and she learns there are no technology comforts allowed. She is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by strangers with no way to call for help. She makes friends and falls in brief list but soon mysteries around the school, students, and herself start popping up and know one will tell her anything. Because the students know nothing of her or her background, they are afraid to tell her anything, and that puts everyone in more danger. During the school’s big summer dance, the school is set on fire, a girl is found dead and Allie is attacked. Problems pile up from there ending in some truths coming out and we find out what happened to Allie’s brother, who disappeared awhile before she left for school.
Review: Amazon recommended this book for me, and by the title I jumped to vampires being involved. I was way off base, but holy cow! The story kept me engrossed throughout, we kept getting pulled deeper and deeper into this giant conspiracy and never told what is going on or why Allie is being targeted. I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. Then my mind blew every time we did learn a small piece of information because you never see it coming. I’m getting ready to start the second book, eager to learn more.
At times of unease and painful turmoil
Just when I begin to think that I’m worthless,
You’ve been there for me through it all,
And yet we’ve only known each other for a short time.
Of all the right people
The one wrong person is always there for me.
How can you know
That I need you?
How can I explain why
You are completely wrong for me?
My heart aches when we’re not together.
My mind burns trying to think of what you’re doing,
Every moment of the day I’m without you.
You are my everything.
Yet at the same time so wrong for me.
I’m not right for you either, but
I can’t find a way to keep away from you.
If only we were right for each other.
If only I wasn’t a coward.
If only my love was felt from you.
If only you needed me the way,
I need you.