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Laurie Campbell, a young Scottish noblewoman, is forced to marry Callum MacDonald, handsome son of the laird and traditional enemies of the Campbells. Callum was part of the 1715 rebellion of Scottish Jacobites against the government of George I. By agreeing to this marriage, Callum escapes a hanging but he vows he will not have a true marriage with a Campbell.
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Told from Laurie's point of view, she is taken to MacDonald castle in the Scottish highlands where she surrounded by enemies, particularly, her husband's father and Fiona, the castle whore who wants Callum for herself. But Laurie is a stubborn fighter. She turns a remote corner of the castle into her home, finds a few friends among the MacDonalds and earns the grudging admiration of her husband. But just when she hopes she might have a real marriage, plots of rebellion set fire to a string of actions which cause the Campbells and the MacDonalds to renew their old hatred.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Ancient scotland Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fort/military installation    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   70% How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Focus of story    -   Her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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