By: Madeline Martin
With very few options in life Delilah Canterbury suddenly finds hope in an opportunity she never expected, the chance to become a spy. Laird Kaid MacLeod resorts to desperate measures to protect his clan. When Delilah and Kaid’s missions conflict and they are caught up in their deceptions it is not long before the only thing that is clear is their desire for each other.
Highland Ruse, book two in Madeline Martin’s Mercenary Maiden’s series adds another impressive installment to this author’s intriguing network of female spies. With a strong handle on history and an impressive imagination Ms. Martin created a story abundant with excitement and adventure, grabbing her reader’s attention for the duration of the work. As longing and duty struggled for dominance the result was lots of pages filled with angsty passion. What could have come off as tragic was spun as inspired giving this writer’s characters the means to be heroic in their actions. Both Delilah and Kaid were able to carry out tough decisions yet still managed to capture their audience’s sympathies and ultimately each other’s hearts. Kindness and vulnerability in the lead’s interactions with each other brought this book to a special place. Highland Ruse proves that Madeline Martin’s game is up and she is no longer historical romance’s best kept secret!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this work can be read as a stand alone.*