Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Surrender ( MacKinnon's Rangers #1 ) by Pamela Clare

Surrender by Pamela Clare

A hand-picked cadre of warriors, they had the fierce courage of their Scots forefathers, combined with the stealth and cunning of the Indians who lived beside them in the wilderness. Battling the French in a no-holds-barred combat, they forged a new brand of honor, became a new breed of men...MacKinnon's Rangers

Iain MacKinnon had been forced to serve the British crown, but compassion urged him to save the lovely lass facing certain death at the hands of the Abenaki. He'd defied his orders, endangered his brothers, his men and his mission, all for a woman. But when he held Annie's sweet body in his arms, he could feel no regret. Though he sensed she was hiding something from him, it was too late to hold back his heart. In love and war, there are times when the only course of action is...Surrender.




Oh, how I miss a beautifully written historical romance that make me swoon all over. A honorable, courageous and fiercely protective highlander who was forced to leave his land to lead a battalion and his lass, a lady who had wrongfully stripped of her title and sold to slavery by her kin. Together they found love a midst of danger, immortality, deception in the middle of war. 

What I love most of the slow burn romance that took place over a quite a long period of time. None of those insta bullshit. Iain feels that it is his duty to save a woman in need and willing to sacrifice himself to the wrath of his Lordship. Anne was terrified about her livelihood and initially distrust her savior who was known to her as a highlander barbarian. She decided to keep her true identity a secret as she worried she will be brought back to her Uncle Bain. 

I enjoyed the fact that they didn't get a chummy even after they were within the safe cocoon of the fort. Iain was too honorable of a man to take upon Anne for his own pleasure as he didn't has anything of value to offer her. He isn't even a free man. Anne grown close to Iain, but was having a hard time to understand his hot and cold attitude towards her. Having so much free time in her hand, Anne started helping out at the camp hospital and learning to treat patient from the camp doctor. 

Meanwhile, Lord William Wentworth was smitten with Anne and starting to question her true identity. He might appeared as the villain who enslaved Iain and his brothers, but his lordship was quite a complicated character after I read more about him. 

Each of the MacKinnon brothers were a force to be reckoned with and I can't wait to get to Morgan and Connor's story next. The rest of the troop, including Joseph, Killy and Brendan were all great supporting casts that show how strong a bond the Rangers have within themselves under the leadership from Iain. 

The romance just had some sort of perfectionism in it without being cliche. I enjoyed every single moment of it and especially their passionate banter and all those sensual erotic scene. It might took some time for them to throw caution to the wind and embrace what they want, but it was definitely worth the wait. I just have to mention that when Iain got all angry and possessive, he was downright sexy as hell. 

“You were inside my body, but somehow 'tis my soul you touched, Iain Mackinnon.”

It might be a long time since I actually read a historical romance, but Surrender brought back all the memories of how a great historical romance should be, but this time with a hero that didn't came with money, title or a rakish reputation. Just a plain honorable freedom fighter. I am in love with Iain MacKinnon and touch to see him finally living his dream.

Rating 5/5