I was given this ebook for an honest opinion. This is a very gritty romance. The characters are well written and you want them to succeed. Mariel has grown up in a way that most ladies would never even dream of. Protection of her brother, Jack, has her doing the unthinkable after being trained as a stealthy fighter. Her feelings of self hatred could cost her the man she comes to love. Kieran is a strong and distrustful Highlander who allows this woman into his life despite her secrets. The path toward each other is fraught with those secrets and distrust, and you keep your fingers crossed that each will see the other's side. I enjoyed the ups and downs, and look forward to more from this author.