Title: His Woman, book 2 in the MacGruders Series
Author: Diana Cosby
Genre: Medieval Historical Romance
Story Setting: Southern Scotland, 1297
Published by: Zebra Books (December 1, 2008)
TRUSTING HER WAS UNTHINKABLE
Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer’s mistress, shattering Duncan’s heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan’s promise to Isabel’s dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.
RESISTING HER WAS IMPOSSIBLE
Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. No one could blame him for despising her, yet Duncan’s misgivings cannot withstand a desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, on a perilous journey through Scotland, two wary lovers must confront both the enemies who will stop at nothing to hunt them down, and the secret legacy that threatens their passion and their lives…
About the Story: Isabel Astair had accepted her fate. She was Earl of Frayser’s mistress. She had little choice when her father told her it was either debtor prison for him or Frasyer would accept the debt paid if Isabel would be his mistress. She loved her father too much to reject what she had to do. But would she later regret just how much she lost?
Throughout the three years she had been Frasyer’s mistress, she had met her father and Symon secretly many times. They were considered traitors of England, loyal to the forces with Sir William Wallace. Their luck finally failed when she met them to give Symon a cloth she had embroidered with the emblem of Sir William Wallace. The guilt and horror of her need to see them both and what happened following would be with her all her life. Symon had been slain by Frayser’s men right in front of her and her father was sent to King Edward’s dungeon, awaiting execution if she did not tell Frayser where Sir William Wallace was hiding. She, herself, was put into Frayser’s dungeon. Isabel would rather die than tell.
But Symon didn’t die right away. He was able to ride to his old friend to extract a promise from him that he would rescue Isabel. His brother in-arms and friend was none other than Duncan, the man who Isabel had been betrothed to years before, whose heart she carried in her own. That’s right. She never got over Duncan. She loved him with her complete being. But Duncan? He would never return the favor. Symon had made him promise to save her, and for the love of his friend, he agreed. All Duncan was going to do was get in and GET OUT! His vow would be paid.
But that, kind reader, is NOT what awaited Duncan’s heart.
My Thoughts: Diana Cosby’s writing is effortless reading. One scene flows effortlessly to the next, further drawing the reader into a world of hardship, intrigue, hate, romance, honor, and passion.
Many scenes had me nail-biting. Even while nail-biting, one scene was rather hilarious when Duncan and Isabel were in Frasyer’s bed chamber looking for the Bible of Isabel’s mother. They heard someone coming into the outside chamber, and had nowhere to hide, so hid under the bed. Frasyer at one point climbed on the bed and it sagged almost touching Duncan. They were there for hours which drained Duncan’s energy. His injury was severe enough that he should have hastened out of the castle after he retrieved Isabel from the dungeon but she had to get the Bible and Duncan had a hard time saying no. Even with the injury and weakened state, another part of his anatomy hadn’t taken heed of his condition, with just the nearness of Isabel. Where his brain denied her, his body did not.
The scene when Duncan and Isabel are inching themselves through the secret tunnel of Moncreiffe Castle was fraught with lip biting and tense muscles on my part. Duncan, injured, had stoically shoved the pain to the back of his mind, but Isabel could see he was barely on his feet. Would they get out of the castle before Duncan passed out? She eventually walked with him propped over her shoulder when her foot hit a crevice and she went tumbling, Duncan following down. Gulp!
Another really funny scene was how Duncan found his way into the castle. He came into the castle through a hole dug for the expulsion of human waste in the latrine. Do I need to be more frank? Apparently, that was the only access to the castle he could use. He, obviously, didn’t like the way he had to get into the castle, neither the smell nor slime he touched climbing the walls, made him eager to save Isabel. Just rescue her and get out and never see her again were his thoughts.
In Duncan’s mind reality was not what he saw. Comments made by Isabel really didn’t make sense. Yes, he was burning with fever from his injury. He would get to the bottom of what was going on. He vowed to drag the truth from her lips. But then what? Could Duncan ever trust Isabel again? Why should he?
Next book in the series is His Conquest. I’ll be reading it soon. Can’t say enough about this series. I highly recommend it to Medieval Romance readers and those who just love a good story in a historical setting.
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense. Her award-winning books are available in five languages. Diana has appeared at Lady Jane’s Salon, in NYC, and in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happily Ever After,” MSN.com, and in Texoma Living Magazine.
After retiring as a Navy Chief, AGC(AW), Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.
Her years of living in Europe inspired Diana to write in the medieval time frame. After watching the movie Braveheart and with her passion for writing complex plots, the idea for the MacGruder brothers series was born.
Diana has many passions in life, but one that resonates in her life is that of giving. She firmly believe that each of us can make a positive difference in another person’s life. Some of the charities she supports are listed below:
The National Trust for Scotland, which acts asguardian of Scotland’s magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures.
Habitat For Humanity, which gives a deserving family more than a home, but a foundation upon which to build their dreams..
Semper Fi Fund , is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help with immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Homes For Our Troops, assists severely injured Servicemen and Servicewomen and their immediate families through various venues to aid them in building a home that allows them live a more independent life.
The Navy SEAL Foundation, provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.