Philomena (Mena) St. Vincent was punished by her husband for her role in exposing his sister and brother-in-law in the last book. He had her declared insane and institutionalized in an asylum. Just as things were beginning to get even bleaker, she’s rescued by her benefactor who then helps to hide her. She’s disguised as a governess and sent to care for the children of the widowed Liam Mackenzie, renowned as The Demon Highlander. Liam has earned that moniker as he’s imposing and fierce but gets completely dismantled by the unassuming yet courageous Mena Lockhart. It’s a sometimes battle of wills and always an interesting challenge of wits when these two interact.
I didn’t know what to expect when Liam was mentioned in the earlier books and was unprepared for the force that is the Laird Mackenzie! I loved everything about him, including his jealous, irrational nature and quick temper. He’s neither good or evil, just an extremely flawed man with great intentions and leadership skills. He doesn’t suffer fools and was brought to heel by Mena who, despite her terror of him, took him on toe to toe. Their developing relationship was so natural as this kind of passion had nowhere to go but down a romantic path. For once, a romance that didn’t feel forced or take too long to materialize…all natural.
The conflict in the story came from some sinister issues arising from Liam’s past and, of course, the big secret Mena was harboring about her true identity. The tension and excitement arising from those situations came at a perfect time in the story, leading to a compelling finale that was so fitting for these characters. Derek Perkins was excellent again in his narration. His performance brought these wonderfully crafted characters to life outside the pages. I can’t imagine continuing the series without the audio versions and I’m loving every story.
- Release Date: August 2, 2016
- Series: Victorian Rebels #3
- Narrator: Derek Perkins
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 34 minutes
- Publisher: Tantor Audio