Welcome to the blog tour for Captured Heart by Heather McCollum, published by Entangled Select. Captured Heart is the first book in the Highland Hearts Series. As a part of the tour, an e-book of Captured Heart is being given away, which you can enter below. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Captured Heart (Highland Hearts Series #1)
by Heather McCollum
Publication Date: September 11, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Select/Entangled Publishing
Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother’s medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she’s captured, she will die like her mother—atop a blazing witch’s pyre.
Winter winds rip across the Highlands, pressing Chief Caden Macbain forward in his desperate plan to save his clan. He’s not above using an innocent woman to bargain for peace if it keeps his clan from starving. But Meg isn’t who Caden thinks she is, and when she kills a man to save the clan, he must choose between duty and her life. For although he captured her to force a peace, Meg's strength and courage have captured Caden's heart.
My Thoughts: Meg Boswell has always known she was different. Meg is a healer. She lost her mother, who was burned because she was believed to be a witch, as a young child and has been raised by her aunt and uncle. When she receives word that her estranged father is coming to get her, have her tested for witchcraft, and then marry her off, she decided to run. Taking off on her horse Pippin with her wolf Nikkum, she set off towards the Highlands of Scotland where her mother's sister lives. With a few provisions, her mother's journal, and her trusty bow, Meg desperately tries to avoid the men who are chasing her. As fate would have it, she stumbles upon a battle between some Scottish and the English. In the midst of the battle she spots the most beautiful man she has ever seen, who just happens to be Caden Macbain, chief of the Macbain Clan. She ends up saving him, and he in turn ends up saving her. Meg agrees to travel back to the Highlands with Caden and his men, acting as their healer, while they agree to be her guide and protector. Everyone begins to really like Meg, especially Caden, but Caden has a secret that he and his Clan are keeping from Meg, a secret that could backfire on them and destroy any promise of relationship.
Caden seeks peace between the Clans, and whether she knows it or know, Meg is a crucial part of that peace. She faces death on more than one occasion, as do the members of the Clan that she has come to know and love. In the process, she falls in love with Caden, who truly cares for her, but a series of events unfold revealing the truth about why she is there, and she isn't sure anymore if what she has with Caden is real, or is it just part of a sacrifice and ploy to attain peace. She also learns some things about herself, her true heritage, her mother, and her gift that completely change her life. In the meantime, her father is still in pursuit of her and has enlisted the help of a rival Clan, as well as a spy within the Macbain Clan, and even the English army. Will the Clan stand behind Meg and protect her, or will the threats made against the people and their lives be more than they are willing to risk, and more than Meg is willing to let them risk on her behalf?
I normally do not read a great deal of historical romance, but when I saw the description for this book and was given the opportunity to participate in the tour, I was intrigued, and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this story. The book is set in 16th century Scotland and McCollum has done an outstanding job painting a picture of the place and time in which this novel takes place. I haven't read about many Scottish men, but Heather McCollum's Scottish men are really hot, and I wouldn't mind having one for myself, kilt, accent, and all. Meg is quite the heroine and I really liked her character. She is tough and fearless when she needs to be, while being loving and caring, with a yearning to help people, and a fierce sense of loyalty and desire to protect the people she loves. Caden is one hot Scotsman. He is the leader of his Clan, he's protective, loyal, and determined, and pretty badass. I really enjoyed getting to know both of these characters, and the secondary characters were all so well written that I felt like I got to know them also. The story is fast paced and filled with romance, action, and drama. There is never a dull moment, with kidnapping, fierce battles, family conflict, drama, and the element of the paranormal all found in this novel. Not to mention, the relationship and romance between Caden and Meg is endearing and intense, and the chemistry between the two is sizzling. If you are a fan of historical romance, this is one book you will want to check out, and even if you're not, this book is one that is well worth making the time to read. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.
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is an award winning, historical paranormal romance writer. She earned her B.A. in Biology from the University of Maine, much to her English professor’s dismay. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and The Golden Network as a 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. Ms. McCollum’s first three full-length paranormal romance novels, PROPHECY, MAGICK AND MASQUERADE, were released in 2010 and 2011.
The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast. More information about Ms. McCollum and her books can be found at HeatherMcCollum.com.