Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.
When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod.
Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?
5 Words: Beauty, family, scars, love, cure.
This was a really interesting take on Beauty and the Beast, but rather than being a retelling, it was more like it was inspired by it, but just a bit.
The story itself jumps around a little bit, and it's quite slow to start. I'm a fan of slow-burners so I liked that about it. I wasn't so sure about Dair's seemingly instant attraction to Fia, it seemed to go against his character. But the passion between them? Loved it.
I loved that the heroine had her flaws, that even her family sometimes resented her for them. I loved her self doubt and how despite everything she stayed strong and feisty.
I'll definitely read on :)