I jumped into The Wolf of Kisimul Castle without having read the first two books in the Highland Isles series with no problems at all. The story for Alec and Mairi stands completely on it's own. Although the plot is simple and straight forward, I still enjoyed seeing the story unfold. There is a good balance between the inevitable romance between Mairi and Alec and the trouble that led Alec to kidnap her and the fall out and action that takes place afterward. McCollum provides enough tension between Mairi and Alec to help make their burgeoning relationship interesting, but without making their actions and decisions unbelievable or unrelatable.
Mairi isn't stubborn to the point that she is reckless, and Alec isn't overbearing to the point that he is a jerk and unlikable, which is a bonus when it comes to historical romance. It is nice that Mairi isn't an overly innocent virginal heroine trying to escape a horrible situation. Instead, she is a widow, who is doing what she initially feels is best for her family, even if it's not an exciting prospect for her personally.
The Wolf of Kisimul Castle is a quick historical romance that provided an enjoyable reading escape to another time and place. It's been a little while since I have read a historical romance, and I'm glad that I picked this one up.
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**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Mairi Maclean is kidnapped on her wedding day by the enemy of her dead husband. Taken north to the water-surrounded Kisimul Castle, she is held captive in the name of retribution. But The Wolf of Kisimul Castle soon learns Mairi is not a docile pawn in this game of war between neighboring Scots. Nor will she be frightened into walking down the aisle to wed the fierce Highland chief.
Alec MacNeil is set on revenge. When he finds his enemy dead, he takes his wife to replace the one that was murdered. An eye for an eye. A bride for a bride. But Mairi is more tiger than kitten and refuses to bend to his will. Set stubbornly against one another, the passion that flares between them threatens to tear Alec's strategy to shreds.