The Destiny" is laird Neil's story and opens with Neil returning from a meeting with exiled King James in France. Posing as a French Huguenot, he arrives at what he has been told is a safehouse and there he meets Eileen Ronley. She has been asked to translate French to English so that it can be determined who he is and why he has come. During the exchange, Eileen comes to doubt that he is, indeed French, since he seems to know of her Scots mother. Neil is stunned to discover that Eileen is the long lost cousin of his own cousin Duncan. They begin to feel an attraction to one another immediately. When Neil is imprisoned, Eileen helps him to escape and he leaves her with a kiss and the words "I will see you again".
Eileen is the granddaughter of King Charles II. Her father was the king's illegitimate son, but there are rumours that Charles did, in fact marry Jane Ronley. If that could be proven, Eileen would then be the rightful queen. This makes life quite dangerous for Eileen (which worries Neil even more than Eileen) and creates most of the intrigue and conflict in this story. Will Neil return to London and find her? Will Eileen pursue her claim to the throne? Are Neil and Eileen each other's destiny?
If you need to have hero and heroine constantly together and having sex, you likely won't enjoy this book. Neil and Eileen are seperated often, but there are enough sweet, romantic encounters along the way that turn your heart to mush and keep the romance alive for Neil, Eileen and the reader. Though I liked "The Legend" better, this is still recommended and I hope that Duncan will get his story next.
During the turbulent reign of William and Mary, orphaned Eileen Ronley finds herself in a precarious position. She is a virtual prisoner with no means of her own on her father's estate, which is now controlled by a former servant, when a mysterious man comes asking for her father. Neil MacCurrie, a Scottish highland chief, is trying to get back to Scotland and is traveling disguised as a French Huguenot. He'd been told that the remote estate in Warwickshire was a safe house, but instead of being welcomed, he is imprisoned. Eileen realizes that he's not French, but, immensely attracted, she doesn't let on and then helps him to escape when his life is in danger. Neil is equally taken with her, and although he has an agreement to marry elsewhere, a prophecy has proclaimed that his wife will be from the east like Eileen. Many forces conspire to separate the two lovers as history comes alive in this tale of love, greed, and political intrigue.
wolfie0516 reviewed The Destiny (Torridon, Bk 2) on
I didn't like this book as much as the first one, The Legend, which was about the other twin brother, James. The story picked up more at the end when more action started to take place. I liked the history involved in the story. The characters were also likable enough, but I liked the love story between the main characters in the first book more than in this one. I too hope for a book about Duncan, the twins' cousin, who plays a prominent supporting role in both books.