Cathal MacNachton and Connall Macadie are cousins bound by far more than blood ties and the rugged Highland landscape their clan calls home. The unquenchable thirst that neither can tame. The only thing that can save their souls is marriage to Outsiders, mortals whose untainted blood will weaken the curse in their children and break the chains of fear that have made their clan a breed apart. Bridget Callan and Eva Caxton are the women who will shape the clan's destiny. Marriage to these strange and mysterious men rescues each of them from desperate circumstances and draws them into a web of danger, desire and intrigue. But Eva and Bridget refuse to be pawns in the battle that erupts as the future of the cursed clan hangs in the balance, a war that must be fought after the sun sets over the deep, still lochs. Whatever the outcome, they'll stand strong by their brooding warrior lairds, willing and able to face down their enemies and fulfill their desire for eternal love.
I was a little worried if I would like this book, because the first story started out a little slow, which is sometimes not a good thing for a short story. Luckily, it picked up after only a few pages before I decided that it may not be worth my time reading and was thinking of just putting it down and not finishing it. I ended up really liking this story so I was glad I stuck with it since it was an enjoyable read even though some of the nastier characters were a little over-the-top.
The Highland Bride
After reading the first story, this one was easy to get into the groove of because it picks up with a laird who is a friend of one of the characters in the first story. I found it to be a well-done job on the connection of both stories because even though they are written by two different authors, the writing styles were so similar you aren't distracted by a story that doesn't flow in the same manner. Overall, great read.