St. Martin’s Paperbacks, Dec 30 2014, $7.99
After two decades of estrangement, photojournalist Iona Campbell decides enough is enough. She plans to come to Scotland to see her father. Instead Iona arrives in time to bury her dad.
Filled with guilt, realizing her perceptions totally wrong and obsessing over knowing who her late father was; Iona researches his life starting with his position as the Dreagan Industries estate caretaker. Her quest leads to her to Dragon King Laith, who had given up on ever meeting a beloved mate until now. As they fall in love, Laith must decide whether he can trust the outsider with secrets her father took to the grave. Additionally Iona’s presence has an unknown adversary stalking her with her beloved Dragon King risking his life to protect her.
The latest Dark Kings Scottish romantic fantasy (see Darkest Flame, Burning Desire and Fire Rising) is an excellent entry as fans learn more about the centuries-long war while wondering if a rogue Dreagan or a Dark Fae targets the shocked heroine. Laith is a magnificent male lead as he mentally debates the question whether to reveal or not to reveal while accepting that trust is the key foundation to building a permanent relationship. Iona starts off as the stunned deer in the headlights, but adapts to what she learns about her late father and his friends while falling in love and at the same time not so simply trying to stay alive.