Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

At the Highlander's Mercy by Terri Brisbin

Synopsis: To regain control of his fractured clan Robert Matheson must take Lilidh MacLerie hostage as a bargaining tool. But Lilidh is no ordinary captive. She's the woman he once loved—and rejected!

Rob's touch is etched permanently into her memory and, unaware that he was forced to repudiate their love, Lilidh has never forgotten the man who broke her heart all those years ago. Now, looking into the eyes of her captor, she no longer recognizes this fearsome leader. She should be afraid—there's no telling what he will do. But something about him excites and unnerves her in equal measure…
 
Review: On the whole, this book is unassuming. There were many different aspects of the plot all playing out at once, and they all seemed to hold equal importance to the book. Overall, it reminded me of pretty threads being woven together with a pretty pattern. Nothing attention-grabbing, but nice to look at sometimes. The characters weren't excellently developed, but they weren't undeveloped either. The story strikes me as being completely average. I would say that if you're going to read this book, read her Highlander series, which is about Lilidh's parents and their friends. It will help explain how the circumstances got so messed up in this story. 
 
It was a nice, easy, quick read. It also wasn't very emotional and not dark at all, which I appreciated. Darker stories are becoming more and more popular, and it's becoming harder to read more than one a week because they just end up dragging you down, even if there's a happy ending. It was a nice break from all the trauma in a lot of the better-than-good books.

Rating: 3/5 DIAMONDS

Review by: Elizabeth