BACK IN HER HUSBAND’S BED
Alex MacKinloch is chief of his clan and, in these dark times of unrest, he has united his people. The void between him and his wife is proving a much harder challenge. When Alex discovers Laren has been keeping secrets from him, his thinly veiled frustration can no longer be contained.
The pleasures of the marital bed seem long forgotten to Laren. Yet her warrior husband is looking at her with increasingly hungry eyes... This powerful highlander has seduction on his mind and his wife in his sights! Source
Plot: Laren is feeling unloved and unwanted from her husband. Alex is feeling his wife growing distant from him. The book revolves around this couple trying to figure out what happened to their marriage and what will become of it. Many have said that this plot dragged in some parts and I can agree with that. There were some scenes where it would seem it was written just to fill up space. However, I didn't read any scenes that weren't beneficial to the plot. Whether it was about the English attacking or Alex/Laren being in danger, each scene progressed to that and didn't have any hanging questions. I was pleased that the relationship between Alex and Laren progressed and wasn't like they waited until the last page to make up or just had lots of sex scenes. Each time they were together, it presented the time to slowly make up and get to the bottom of their problems as well as rekindle their love for one another. This was a great plot and was pleased with the ending that came. It wasn't forced, but by the end of the second to last chapter, you knew how the book would end.
Characters: Laren - Laren was very sympathetic. I liked that she did have a deep history and was scared to take her place as chief's wife because of how she grew up. However, her character did progress and she started to see that to make their marriage stronger, she had to find the courage within herself. I will say that I did like Laren's skill and how descriptive it was in the book. Willingham didn't put vague details about, but actually described Laren working and the different colors of the item she made.
Alex - Alex is definitely a hot warrior. He's protective of his family, wife, and clan. He would kill anyone who tries to harm any three of those things. That, unfortunately, was his downfall in the marriage. He makes sure his clan is always alright, he forgets that he has a wife and daughters. But, he isn't show of emotions. Through his passages, you see the adoration and love he has for Laren and his daughters. He just keeps them hidden because he is chief. But, throughout the book, you progressively see he is trying to be better.
Cover: The cover is of Alex I'm guessing. I like the simpleness of it. It's not too busy, but just shows Alex and the land of Ireland in the background. It is a common theme for this series to show the husband and then the land in the background.
Overall Rating: I am giving this book a three out of four. I love this book so much! It did drag in a few parts, but that is only a blur compared to the rest of the book. Willingham did an amazing job with the progressing of the characters and actually giving the culture of that time. The romance scenes were beautifully written and never too much where I had to turn away. If you like romance and historical fiction, I would highly recommend reading this.
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